Category Archives: Reviews

Shiraz: A Romance of India

When I discuss the golden era of silent film with friends, many adjectives come to mind that describe the movies made in this period. What words can I use, I think to myself? Is it ‘timeless’? ‘Beautiful’? ‘Masterful’? All these adjectives imply that every silent

The Gate

Laika films have a remarkable position in modern cinema, not only are they keeping the wonder of stop-motion animation alive for the next generation, much like Aardman here in the UK, but they are also being the flag bearer for gateway movies. Between Paranorman, Coraline,

The Final Master

In interviews, Jackie Chan has admitted again and again that he prefers working in Hong Kong over America, he has stated that in his native Hong Kong the camera is an observer in any action scene, watching the events take place, allowing the performers to

Silence and Cry

First-time viewers of Miklós Jancsó’s 1968 film Silence and Cry, reissued on Blu-Ray and DVD by Second Run, will be greeted by something they might not expect from the veteran Hungarian director – a montage. Don’t worry, it doesn’t last. The rest of the film

The Lair of The White Worm

Ken Russell is a bit of a devil. In all his films you can see an unabashed joy of sex, life, and kitsch whilst having the underlying thread of Christianity throughout; explicitly or otherwise. Lair of the White Worm is no exception but, against his

Monster Mayhem: When board games go bad

Once a film is successful it will be remade, rebooted, reimagined, prequelled, sequelled, and trequelled with reckless abandon, often with less than stellar results. The end products tend to be weak imitations of the original; the Star Wars prequels, the fourth Indiana Jones film, the

Ice Cold in Alex

According to some, Ice Cold In Alex is one of the most beloved British war films of the 1950s. StudioCanal seem to think so; they’ve released a new 4k restoration to mark the 60th anniversary of its release. Count me among those for whom, up