Category Archives: Reviews

I’m Alright Jack

2014’s box office saw the Lego Movie gain the most money, jumping back, with Studio Canal’s latest release, to 1959 and it shows just how much the cinema landscape has changed. The biggest hit of 1959 in I’m all right Jack has concerns that are

Little Lost Robot (Out of this World)

Before production started on Doctor Who in 1963, the BBC commissioned an internal document assessing the difficulties of producing a science-fiction series. In particular, they were concerned that female viewers would be uninterested in such a show. Perhaps one reason why the show’s creator Sydney

The Promised Land

The latest addition to the Second Run Roster was voted ‘Best Film in the history of Polish cinema’ in monthly magazine FILM. Andrzej Wajda’s The Promised Land, based on the 1898 novel by Władysław Reymont, takes place at the peak of the industrial revolution and

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Given the recent unseasonably warm spell and the continuing discourse on global Warming, Val Guest’s 1961 sci-fi drama The Day the Earth caught fire – fresh from the BFI archive – takes on an eerily prescient quality. First Guest and Wolf Mankowitz’s London suffers an

Blacula – The Complete Collection

Blaxploitation habitually made itself a wide open target for parody and mockery, take the newly released Blacula directed by William Crain, it sounds like a joke rather than something conceived from a creative mind. Even the trailer made at the time of release called Blacula,

Youth of the Beast

As beloved as it may be, Yojimbo wasn’t held in the highest of esteem yet it did champion universality in its storytelling that saw it remade and reinterpreted the world over, such where Akira Kurosawa’s talents. Whether that’s with Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars

Sofia’s Last Ambulance

The documentary format where a TV crew follow a public servant, chronicling their professions ins and outs has become supremely trite over the last decade, the BBC are the prime offenders with this. Like the game show, with each new one popping up it becomes

Lesson of Evil

Between his flirtation with every genre under the sun and his prolific nature, there is absolutely no else in the world like Takashi Miike. For a while now, he has been maturing as a director, seeking more than the exploitation films he made his name

The Visitor (AKA Stridulum)

Reaction of any art form is at its most visceral as the credits roll, typically appraisal of a given film falls into the sub-divisions of tone, atmosphere and narrative. At least that is the theory, every so often a film comes out of the ether

A Farewell to Arms (1932)

The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster recently had a run from progressive multimedia Theatre Company imitating the dog that adapted Ernest Hemingway’s anti-war novel A Farewell to Arms. During the same window, BFI issued a Blu-ray/DVD release of Frank Borzage’s 1932 Oscar-winning film (Best Cinematography and