02nd Jan2017

‘Broadway Danny Rose’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Forte | Written and Directed by Woody Allen A clutch of comedians chat in a New York cafe, sharing stories about a legendary theatrical manager named Danny Rose (Woody Allen). A quirky fellow, Rose liked to throw his weight behind dead-end novelty acts: one-armed jugglers, one-legged tapdancers, and wine […]

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02nd Jan2017

‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello | Written and Directed by Woody Allen Sumptuously designed and realised, Woody Allen’s 1985 fable didn’t exactly set the box office alight and isn’t always cited as a classic. Yet Allen, here drawing upon his dual-coast adorations for New York and Hollywood, himself regards Purple Rose as a […]

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26th Oct2015

‘Thieves’ Highway’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Academy)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell, Joseph Pevney, Morris Carnovsky, Tamara Shayne | Written by A.I. Bezzerides | Directed by Jules Dassin Jules Dassin’s Thieves’ Highway was released at a time when Noir was going strong, and fits the mould of what is expected of the genre. In truth […]

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16th Sep2015

‘Hard to be a God’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Leonid Yarmolnik, Gali Abaydulov, Yuriy Ashikhmin, Remigijus Bilinskas, Aleksandr Chutko, Valeriy Boltyshev, Evgeniy Gerchakov, Yuriy Tsurilo | Written by Aleksei German, Svetlana Karmalita | Directed by Aleksei German Cinema is often described as an experience; it can be emotionally draining and even an endurance. Hard to be a God (Trudno byt bogom) is one such film, […]

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18th Aug2015

‘La Grande Bouffe’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, Andréa Ferréol, Solange Blondeau, Florence Giorgetti, Michèle Alexandre, Monique Chaumette, Henri Piccoli | Written by Marco Ferreri, Rafael Azcona | Directed by Marco Ferreri La Grande Bouffe is a film about food, about decadence and about over indulgence. Not knowing much about the film before watching it, […]

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18th Jul2015

’3 Women’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Academy)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier, Ruth Nelson, John Cromwell, Sierra Pecheur, Craig Richard Nelson, Maysie Hoy, Belita Moreno, Leslie Ann Hudson, Patricia Ann Hudson, Beverly Ross, John Davey | Written and Directed by Robert Altman There are some movies that just get under your skin and cause you to have to […]

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11th May2015

‘The Train’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Academy)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon, Michel Simon, Wolfgang Preiss, Albert Rémy, Charles Millot, Richard Münch, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas, Jean Bouchaud, Donald O’Brien, Jean-Pierre Zola, Arthur Brauss | Written by Franklin Coen, Frank Davis | Directed by John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn (uncredited) What is more precious, art or human life? Your […]

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20th Mar2015

‘Network’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Academy)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty | Written by Paddy Chayefsky | Directed by Sidney Lumet In the cynical age of the Internet we’ve grown to understand how the news works and how the networks manipulate information into a form that will try to persuade the people watching […]

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12th Feb2015

‘The Killing’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Academy)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Ted de Corsia, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook Jr., Joe Sawyer, Timothy Carey, Kola Kwariani, Dorothy Adams | Written and Directed by Stanley Kubrick It goes without saying that film fans know that Stanley Kubrick was a master of his art.  All masters though have a […]

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12th Dec2014

‘The Killers’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Academy)

by Paul Metcalf

There is something instantly recognisable about Noir, and its style is so easy to love.  Whether it’s the femme fatale or the seemingly innocent man with the dark past, or the detective seeking out the truth in the face of the puzzle yet to be solved, a story awaits that will inevitably be told in […]

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17th Sep2014

‘Brute Force’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth, Ella Raines, Anita Colby, Sam Levene, Jeff Corey, John Hoyt | Written by Richard Brooks | Directed by Jules Dassin Prison movies are often dark and violent, not many want to show you that living behind bars is a fun choice to make. Brute […]

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14th Nov2013

‘The Night of the Hunter’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Peter Graves | Written by James Agee | Directed by Charles Laughton My love of movies comes from watching them, obsessively and probably way too much.  No matter how many I manage to watch though, even starting from an early age I’ve still not seen some that are […]

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