Blu-ray Review: The Machinist (2004)

Sixteen years doesn’t quite qualify a film for ‘classic’ status by its technical definition, but I think some exception can be given to The Machinist, which really made a mark on audiences, especially enthusiastic horror fans back in 2004. Now on Blu-ray in Australia under Shock Entertainment’s sub-label, Cinema Cult,…

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Blu-ray Review: The Tenant (1976)

With most of the world now having endured a solid month of lockdown and social distancing, we’ve earned the right to feel a little stir-crazy and, perhaps, even paranoid. If you like watching films that reflect your own reality, then Roman Polanski’s The Tenant will have you triggered; now out…

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DVD Review: In & Out (1997)

I remember when In & Out came out, no pun intended. There was a lot of fanfare surrounding the film and entertainment critics acted like it was trendy to be ‘cool’ with gay people, even though it was a far less welcoming world compared to today. Shock Entertainment has re-issued…

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Blu-ray Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Science-fiction cinema throughout the 1950s was usually reserved for B pictures; low-risk money makers for the major studios. However, with the threat of Communism reaching high levels of paranoia throughout the United States, the popular genre became the means for a terrifying public service announcement amidst the ‘Red Scare’. Invasion…

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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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DVD Review: All I Want for Christmas (1991)

I remember All I Want for Christmas playing a lot on TV during my childhood, but strangely never around Christmas. Now it’s out on DVD from Shock Entertainment and I’ve noticed that it hasn’t exactly been resonating with movie fans, considering the nostalgia binge most of us are on. However,…

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Blu-ray Review: The Monster Squad (1987)

Cinema Cult came out swinging in September with a massive lot of eight titles released on Blu-ray and DVD, including Fred Dekker’s horror-homage classic The Monster Squad for the first time in Australia. Co-written by Shane Black (The Predator), a group of kids with a mutual love for the Classic…

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DVD Review: Dollars (1971)

Crime capers have been popular among movie-goers for decades due to being rare instances when you can root for criminal behaviour, and still be on the side of good. Known for its gritty style and realistic style, the 1970s were a peek period for the sub-genre with too suitable entries…

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Blu-ray Review: Hollow Man (2000)

I personally wouldn’t place Hollow Man on any ‘favourite film’ lists, but I do hold some nostalgia for the 2000 staple, which echoed the excitement and optimism for filmmaking in the new millennium. It also proved a valuable test subject for one of my first attempts at hooking one VCR…

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