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Dark magic

“The first third of La Belle et La Bete may seem a little too long and a little too slow, but the film still has the power to cast its spell over an audience. At times, perhaps from a modern viewer's perspective, you find yourself admiring the technique a little more than its soul, and Jean Marais' p” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“"It isn't worth a single tear. It's nothing but a story invented to amuse the Devil."

"Could you be the cause of all these troubles?"

"What do you expect? No-one loves me. I amuse myself as best I can."

Overshadowed outside France by both that other Medieval romantic fa” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

A mixed bag of mystery and imagination

“This review refers to Arrow's UK Blu-ray release.

In the Sixties it seemed you could hardly move for Continental `portmanteau' films - collections of short films by major directors sharing a common theme like Paris Vu Par, Ro.Go.Pa.G or Love at Twenty, which offered marketable but cost-eff” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“Thank heaven for Pasolini (and Gregoretti)!

Ro.Go.Pa.G aka Let's Wash Our Brains: Ro.Go.Pa.G is one of the more highbrow entries in the slew of anthology films so popular with continental producers in the 60s. Ro is Roberto Rossellini, Go is Godard, Pa is Pasolini and G is the all-but-forg” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“A crowdpleasing trio of sex comedies with Loren and Mastroianni at their most likeable

NB - As is their wont, Amazon have unhelpfully bundled the reviews for the various different releases and formats of this film together. This review refers to Kino Lorber's US Blu-ray release.

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1 year, 5 months ago

“A nice idea but too rushed and half-baked to really pay off

NB - As is their wont, Amazon have unhelpfully bundled the reviews for the various different releases and formats of this film together. This review refers to Kino Lorber's US Blu-ray release.

Vittorio De Sica's Sunflowe” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

The end of the affair

“Masters of Cinema's UK region-free PAL DVD of Michaelangelo Antonioni's La Notte may not have many extras (just a trailer and a detailed booklet) but it has marvellous picture quality that puts Fox-Lorber's previous US release to shame - it looks like it was shot yesterday, which is just as well sin” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“"Talking to strangers is easier. Talking to your own father is hard. Who says fathers and sons need to talk?"

Reunited with the ale stars of the same year's similarly overlooked Splendor (1989) (Blu-Ray), Ettore Scola's What Time Is It? is one of those nice little films that doesn't break ” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“"The two most outstanding men of our time have been in love with you and you're no real beauty, but you have a way with you."

Pitched rather over-optimistically by 20th Century Fox as the next Gone with the Wind and starring Marlon Brando as Napoleon and Jean Simmons as his first love, Hen” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

"There won't be puppets, will there?"

“It barely takes a couple of minutes of screen time before it becomes obvious that Roland Emmerich's much-mocked Anonymous is going to be a feast of bad acting. Long before the astonishingly inept Rafe Spall turns up doing another of his patented whiney silly singsong voices as Will Shakespeare we're” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

A no-frills set of three enjoyable modern epics

“This set includes single disc versions of Ridley and Russell's Robin Hood (extended version), Gladiator (original theatrical version) and the underservingly overlooked The Eagle. Extras are thin on the ground since all but the Eagle were originally two-disc sets, but if you're just interested in the” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

Very hit and miss, but worth a look at right price

“Columbia's three disc set brings three of their very sub-Errol Flynn outing's to Sherwood together (though a fourth, Prince of Thieves, was only released Stateside) in a boxed set where quantity outweighs quality.

"What's a pretty girl like you doing all alone in Sherwood Forest?"

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1 year, 5 months ago

“"Freedom! Freedom! Let's say freedom a few more times while we're at it!"

While not the outright stinker its reputation implies, Barbarossa: Siege Lord aka Sword of War is the kind of would-be epic where a potentially vaguely interesting period of history untapped by movies is undone by a ” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

No worse than many a Hallmark TV miniseries

“Looking at In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, one of his many video game adaptations that have earned him the eternal damnation of legions of angry gamers, it's hard to make much of a case for Uwe Boll being the world's worst director. He's certainly not a very good one, but this is more” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“Not terrible, but too bogged down in exposition and clumsy storytelling to be enough fun

Fanboys may love to blame the marketing or the title change or even an elaborate conspiracy by Disney to sabotage their own massively expensive film for John Carter - formerly John Carter of Mars - bec” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“Not a great scifi film but a definite improvement on the original

More a modestly profitable disappointment than the flop of popular memory, the original Tron wasted a great premise thanks to a terrible script and some uninteresting filmmaking that overestimated just how awe-inspiring the ” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

High concept, low yield nostalgic sci-fi

“Super 8 is another high-concept low-yield movie from J.J. Abrams that is okay but really ought to be better. There's promise in its Spielbergian tale of a group of late-70s schoolkids making their own zombie movie only to stumble cross a real monster after an Air Force train crashes into the middle ” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“Okay if you're not expecting much, but nothing you really need to see

John Carpenter's remake of The Thing from Another World was met with box-office failure and disappointed reviews even from his cheerleaders, all but killing off his big-budget mainstream aspirations, only to stage a surp” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“For once a European Universal Blu-ray disc that's better than the US release

John Carpenter's remake of the Thing From Another world was a significant box-office underachiever when it was released in 1982 but found a new lease of life on home video and has proved a perennial ever since, go” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum."

The two-picture deal he struck in the late 80s that produced the underrated Prince of Darkness [DVD] [1988] and They Live was pretty much the last spurt of creativity from John Carpenter before his mojo went w” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

A terrific creature feature and a pallid misfire

“Mill Creek's budget-priced region-free Blu-ray double-bill offers one terrific creature feature that's worth the price of the disc on its own with a misfired belated adaptation of a classic 50s sci-fi novel that's best regarded as an extra feature you don't have to sit through.

Hated by cr” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“A long time ago, a film studio far, far away put its faith in a big budget science fiction film in a time of chaos in the industry. It wasn't their only sci-fi film - they had another one with a lower budget going through a troubled production at the same time - but for a while some execs thought th” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

"Resistance is inadvisable."

“"A variety of prehistoric reptiles began to appear in the general London area. There was, as you can imagine, considerable panic and some loss of life."

Best known to many as the one with the shonky dinosaurs, Invasion of the Dinosaurs is one of the most anarchically anti-establishment Doc” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“Best remembered for introducing one of the Time Lord's most memorable companions, the warrior Leela, Doctor Who - The Face of Evil has a lot more to recommend it than Louise Jameson's skimpy costume fuelling millions of schoolboys' and their dads' fantasies. It's a surprisingly compelling mystery th” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“The original BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas came to an end with this trio of tales that saw a shift in tone from the previous M.R. James adaptations. With a planned adaptation of James' Count Magnus proving too expensive for the BBC's modest means at the time, the Ghost Story for Christmas series c” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“"Life is far too glorious, especially for the cursed and damned like myself."

At times the extended version of 2010's The Wolfman is a case of a film failing for all the right reasons: an interesting attempt to mix a classical moviemaking aesthetic and old school production techniques with” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

Three intriguing period kaiju classics

“Spanning three films all released at four monthly intervals in the same year, 1966, the Daimajin series is one of the most atypical of all Japanese kaiju films. In this case the strange monster is a giant statue of a warrior that comes to life, but rather than menacing a modern city he's a force of ” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“Who's the Edo Police constable who's a sex machine to all the chicks?

Who's the Edo Police constable who's a sex machine to all the chicks? Hanzo the Razor - Sword of Justice - can you dig it? With his funky theme tune and angry strut, he's the cop who takes no bribes and no excrement from” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“It may be a triumph of style over content, but what style!

In 1953 Teinosuke Kinugasa's Gate of Hell aka Jigokumon was one of the breakthrough Japanese films on the international market, winning the Grand Prix at Cannes and two Oscars (though, shockingly, neither was for Kôhei Sugiyama's ” read more

1 year, 5 months ago

“Get Criterion's US disc for a fine presentation of the uncut version of Kurosawa's comeback

After years in the wilderness ended only when Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas persuaded 20th Century Fox to invest some of the money they'd made from Star Wars in his financially stalled epic,” read more

1 year, 5 months ago