Blu-ray Review: The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

Captain Clegg was my first escape to the select group of films often referred to as ‘Hammer’s Pirate Movies’ and remains one of my favourites from the British studio. Now thanks to Twilight Time Movies I’ve recently been able to enjoy The Pirates of Blood River, which follows a tattered…

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Review: Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

I’d never thought I would be confronted with the corniness of enjoyed two of my favourite actors, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, but Eddie Murphy’s incarnation of Rudy Ray Moore, aka Dolemite, did just that. However, the point was not to lampoon a particular brand of “white comedy”, rather than…

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Blu-ray Review: A Fistful of Dynamite (1971)

Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck You Sucker!) was the final western epic from the master filmmaker, now available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from Eureka Entertainment, under their prestigious ‘The Masters of Cinema’ collection. Two of Hollywood’s most popular heavy hitters, Rod Steiger…

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Review: The Irishman (2019)

We now live in a world where Martin Scorsese has made a movie for Netflix, which feels like one of those ‘before and after’ moments, especially if you’re an avid filmgoer. Years in the making and adapted from the 2004 book, I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, The…

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Blu-ray Review: Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

Watching films from the treasure-trove that was the 1970s is more or less the primary goal each year, a decade which began fifty years ago. Next Stop, Greenwich Village was a highlight of 2019’s extensive line-up, Paul Mazursky’s slice-of-life comedy/drama produced under 20th Century Fox that soon may be under…

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Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

When The Force Awakens hit theatres four years ago, the beginning of Disney’s anticipated sequel trilogy, there was so much buzz and unbridled optimism among fans. Now that we’re at the end, the mood has changed significantly as those years between gave use the best and worst of fan/internet culture.…

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Blu-ray Review: Der Golem (1920)

The first time I heard the term “Golem” was in an episode of The Sopranos, when the name was hurled at mob boss, Tony, by a prominent New Jersey rabbi after a business deal between the two had soured. Described as a Frankenstein-like abomination, this imposing figure in Jewish folklore…

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Pioneer Slasher: Black Christmas (1974)

Bob Clark is one of the few directors whose had both ends of the holiday spectrum covered, with the nostalgic fable A Christmas Story (1983) and the morbid classic Black Christmas, released nine years prior. Despite the latter’s lack of seasonal cheer, it quickly became the beloved seasonal favourite of…

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