05th Feb2019

’24 Frames’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Featuring: Birds, cows, trees, cats, more cows | Written and Directed by Abbas Kiarostami Completed posthumously in 2017 for its Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who gets an ambiguous credit at the end, 24 Frames is the kind of movie that the oft-mocked phrase “mise en scene” was made for. Except, as far as “movies” go, […]

29th Jan2019

‘True Stories’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: John Goodman, David Byrne, Anne McEnroe, Spalding Gray, Jo Harvey Allen | Written by David Byrne, Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley | Directed by David Byrne I have a soft spot for weird movies made by music artists who’ve been thrown a bunch of money. I guess this is why I’m the one person who […]

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25th Jan2019

‘Panique’ Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Viviane Romance, Michel Simon, Paul Bernard, Lita Recio | Written by Julien Duvivier, Charles Spaak | Directed by Julien Duvivier The setting for this 1946 gem is a small French town, and the fast-moving plot concerns the murder of a local woman, Aurore Noblet. While the police are baffled by the killing, the locals […]

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24th Jan2019

‘Sawdust and Tinsel’ Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson, Erik Strandmark, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek | Written and Directed by Ingmar Bergman In Skane, a county in southern Sweden, the bedraggled Alberti Circus caravan trundles through the rain and mud. They’ve had to leave half their costumes behind and they’re running out of food. Leader Albert (Åke Grönberg) is […]

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15th Jan2019

‘Green Book’ Review – Second Opinion

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, Mike Hatton, P.J. Byrne, Joe Cortese, Maggie Nixon, Von Lewis, Jon Sortland, Don Stark, Anthony Mangano, Paul Sloan, Quinn Duffy | Written by Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie | Directed by Peter Farrelly Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) is an Italian-American bouncer […]

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02nd Jan2019

Rupert’s Ten Best: Films of 2018

by Rupert Harvey

It’s that time of year again. Let’s not pretend we don’t all love ranking things. Honourable mentions go to A Quiet Place, which made no sense but offered a truly unique cinema experience; Sicario 2, which, against the odds, turned out to be better than the original; the very pleasant surprise that was Bohemian Rhapsody; […]

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17th Dec2018

‘Gris’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

As the world crumbles, Gris loses her singing voice. She falls into a colourless void. Then she decides to rebuild, bringing light and colour and music back into existence… Gris is the debut game from Barcelona-based developers Nomada Studio. The distinctive visuals, which sell themselves in trailers and videos, were crafted by artist Conrad Roset. […]

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14th Dec2018

‘Othello’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Suzanne Cloutier, Robert Coote, Fay Compton, Michael Laurence | Written by William Shakespeare, Orson Welles, Jean Sacha | Directed by Orson Welles We open with a funeral. For whom we’re not sure, but by the end of Orson Welles’ 1952 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Moorish tragedy Othello we can be certain […]

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13th Dec2018

‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead, Orson Welles | Written by Orson Welles, Booth Tarkington (novel) | Directed by Orson Welles AKA the film that Orson Welles made after Citizen Kane, and which has become synonymous with studio interference. Perhaps an hour of footage was slashed and burned, hence the […]

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04th Dec2018

‘Escape Doodland’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Made by appSide Down – a team of just two – and published by Sonka Games, who are best known to Switch owners for Astro Bears Party, Escape Doodland is an autorunner platform game with bags of charm and a practically vertical difficulty curve. There’s nothing new about the gameplay conceit of outrunning a pursuing […]

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03rd Dec2018

‘The Blob’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Stephen Chase, John Benson, Olin Howland | Written by Theodore Simonson, Kay Linaker | Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr Alongside The Fly and The Thing, Chuck Russell’s remake of The Blob was the third in the Holy Trinity of 1980s cover versions of 1950s sci-fi horror. Like David […]

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29th Nov2018

‘Hotel Artemis’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Sterling K. Brown, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sofia Boutella, Charlie Day, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Kenneth Choi | Written and Directed by Drew Pearce Head nurse Jean Thomas (Jodie Foster) has been running Hotel Artemis – a sacred place where criminals can come to have their bleeding bodies healed, […]

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27th Nov2018

‘Darksiders III’ Review (PC)

by Rupert Harvey

Finally, the long-overdue latest instalment in the revered action RPG series is here. This one has been developed by Gunfire Games, a team born from the ashes of Vigil Games. Gunfire worked on the “Deathinitive Edition” of Darksiders II – a game which, I’m sorry to report, retains its title as the best in the […]

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23rd Nov2018

‘Escape From New York: Collectors Edition’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, Tom Atkins | Written by John Carpenter, Nick Castle | Directed by John Carpenter In the early 1980s, New York was grindhouse heaven: a hell of neon iniquity, with every alleyway harbouring some new nameless vice. Horror had a field day: […]

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23rd Nov2018

‘Assassination Nation’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Abra, Colman Domingo, Bill Skarsgård, Joel McHale, Anika Noni Rose, Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Cody Christian, Danny Ramirez | Written and Directed by Sam Levinson The Salem witch trials are brought screaming into the 21st century through the lens of the modern teenage experience. This is the story of […]

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20th Nov2018

‘The Bug Butcher’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

It’s Pang. Or, depending on your region, Buster Bros. Or Pomping World. Anyway, to the uninitiated, this means it’s an arena shooter in which you can only shoot upwards. Enemies bounce around the screen and you must time your attacks in order to dash under them and destroy them. Some enemies split apart into smaller, […]

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20th Nov2018

‘The Tree of Life’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan | Written and Directed by Terrence Malick Present day, and a late-middle-aged Jack O’Brien (Sean Penn) is stalking his plush modernist house in a state of numbness. He is materially successful, but he’s still grieving for his brother, who died aged 19. […]

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05th Nov2018

‘Shampoo’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Lee Grant | Written by Robert Towne, Warren Beatty | Directed by Hal Ashby Shampoo opens with the sounds of George (Warren Beatty) and Felicia (Lee Grant) having sex. It immediately establishes that hairdresser George is straight (his male colleagues at the salon are risible camp […]

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31st Oct2018

’2001: A Space Odyssey’ 4K UHD 3-Disc Edition Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain, Leonard Rossiter | Written by Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke | Directed by Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick’s mid-period masterpiece is almost as remarkable for how it has not influenced sci-fi filmmaking as for how it has. While special effects took a giant leap in […]

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29th Oct2018

‘Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

After helping to form PopCap Games in the early 21st century, Jason Kapalka went on to found Blue Wizard Digital, which found success a couple of years ago with the isometric/top-down horror puzzler, Slayaway Camp. The name was a riff on Robert Hiltzik’s 1983 cult slasher, but then the team landed a bona fide licence […]

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29th Oct2018

‘Rushmore’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Brian Cox, Seymour Cassel | Written by Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson | Directed by Wes Anderson 15-year-old Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) dreams of greatness. Actually, he dreams he’s already achieved it. And why not? After all, he got a scholarship at the revered Rushmore private school. Except, according […]

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26th Oct2018

‘They Live: Collector’s Edition’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Peter Jason, Meg Foster, George ‘Buck’ Flower | Written and Directed by John Carpenter They Live marked the end of an amazing run for John Carpenter, before his creative decline (in terms of filmmaking, at least) in the 1990s and beyond. Well, it had to end somewhere – and what […]

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