Hamburger Hill

‘War at it’s worst. Men at their best.’ While the 1970s produced a number of classic Vietnam War films, such as Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978), The Deer Hunter (1978), Apocalypse Now (1979) and the Australian production The Odd Angry Shot (1979), it really wasn’t until the 1980’s that the subject became more acceptable as […]

Scum

Originally made for an episode of the BBC’s television play series, Play for Today, but swiftly banned before airing, Scum was later remade as a feature film without any of TV’s restrictions. It follows Carlin (played to the hilt by a young Ray Winstone), an inmate being transferred to a borstal for assaulting a screw […]

When Animals Dream

For Marie (Sonia Suhl), life in her small coastal town is simple and now that she is 16, she gets a job at the local fish processing plant to help bring money into her family – her father (Lars Mikkelsen) and her catatonic, wheelchair-bound mother (Sonja Richter). She catches the eye of a handsome young […]

The Legacy

I’m pretty much up for reviewing any Scandinavian film or television series and when I saw that this show was from the makers of The Killing and Borgen I had to check it out. I’ve taken a stance of reading very little about the things I review so I can watch it with an open […]

Kite [Blu-Ray]

Sawa (India Eisley) is a young woman bent on revenge. Her parents were killed by a human trafficker known only as The Emir, leaving her with nothing. Her father’s partner, hard-bitten cop Karl (Samuel L Jackson) feeds her information, weapons…and memory-repressing drugs to enable her to fight through her darkness. She kills her way up […]

The Last Circus

Alex de la Iglesia is just about the textbook definition of a ‘cult’ director. First breaking through in 1993 with the sci-fi lunacy of Accion Mutante before making a splash internationally with the comedy/horror The Day of the Beast. He has forged a path of unhinged films, populated with idiosyncratic and often grotesque characters, laced […]

The Drift

  Based on Tennessee Williams’ novella, The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, The Drift tells the decadent tale of Karen Stone, an aging, recently widowed actress who moves to Rome looking for love. While in Rome Karen meets The Countessa, a glamorously degenerate Madam who hooks her up with a succession of gigolos, then, once […]

The Double

It’s easy to wonder if there’s a ‘better you’ out there. One who made different choices, one who was braver, one who works out and eats well, one who studies hard, one who takes that risk. It’s easy to wonder if your life would be better if you just were more outgoing, more confident, more […]

Frank

ORDER DVD Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is not where he wants to be. Living with his parents, working in an office, but dreaming of music, he walks home each day trying in vain to come up with songs. Hell, he even barely has any followers on Twitter.

Blue Ruin

A mysterious homeless man learns that a convicted double-murderer is being released from prison. Wordlessly, but with determination, he begins a plot to assassinate the murderer. Little does he know that his decision will start a chain of vengeance that will spiral rapidly out of his control.

Short Term 12

Grace (Brie Larson) is in charge of Short Term 12, a temporary facility for disadvantaged youths. Along with her boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr) and her staff, she helps children of broken homes or children of no homes at all as they try to adjust to the world. The foster-care facility, though, battles with young […]