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  • Film Review: Violent Streets (1974)

    Film Review: Violent Streets (1974)

    Hideo Gosha’s 1974 Yakuza crime thriller Violent Streets(暴力街,Bôryoku gai) is the latest film to join the ever increasing Eureka Entertainment’s Masters Of Cinema series. Once again they do not disappoint, they don’t hold back on anything either. A gallery of rogues who exploited every nook and cranny of humanity if their clan gained control and…

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  • Great Yakuza Films

    Great Yakuza Films

    To tie in with Eureka Entertainment’s release of Hideo Gosha’s Violent Streets out now on Blu-ray, I’ve decided to look some of the best Yakuza films. Yakuza, Japanese crime syndicates aka the Japanese Mafia. They had their hand in every honey pot from entertainment sector, politics, publishing, I could go on and on and on.…

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  • Film Review – Running Out Of Time 1+2 (Masters Of Cinema)

    Film Review – Running Out Of Time 1+2 (Masters Of Cinema)

    Released as part of their brilliant Masters of Cinema series, Eureka Entertainment give us the slick cat and mouse thriller Running Out Of Time. Directed by Johnnie To and a film that was released in 1999 and was one of Hong Kong’s biggest box office hits of that year and now released in the UK…

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  • Film Review – Joker (2019)

    Film Review – Joker (2019)

    ‘Smile be happy‘, you will be if your the CEO of Warner Bros Pictures. Todd Phillips Joker may not be your ‘average comic book movie’. Nor does it have to be or need CGI or spandex characters to deliver. As I write this review, the film has just picked up two Oscars…Best Actor, Best Score.…

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  • Film Review – Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

    Film Review – Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

    S.Craig Zahler is fast becoming the go to director for exploitative genre films, even if he calls them at times ‘Hybrids’. Bone Tomahawk a horror western, Brawl In Cell Block 99, a batshit crazy prison thriller. Now add Dragged Across The Concrete, that harks back to 1970’s violent pulpy thrillers. Another slice of corruption dented…

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  • Film Review – A Simple Favour (2018)

    Film Review – A Simple Favour (2018)

    When it was announced that Paul Feig, a filmmaker renowned for comedies was making a ‘serious film’, it raised a few eyebrows. Could the director who made Bridesmaids bring us something delightfully dark, twisted? The answer is…Yes, its called A Simple Favour! When any director steps out of their comfort zone, curiosity always kills the…

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  • Film Review – American Animals (2018)

    Film Review – American Animals (2018)

    The line between fact and fiction are blurred in Bart Layton‘s indie Heist feature, American Animals. As four bored Kentuckian students attempt to pull off a heist by simply watching everything from Riffifi, Ocean’s Eleven to Reservoir Dogs. Can these boys really see themselves as ‘thieves’ after watching hours of classic crime flicks? Layton’s debut…

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  • Film Review – Ocean’s 8 (2018)

    Film Review – Ocean’s 8 (2018)

    Danny Ocean’s legacy continues when his little sister Debbie picks up the reigns in Ocean’s 8. Sandra Bullock plays Debbie and like her big brother, she did time for her last crime. But once you get a taste for thievery it never leaves it’s in the blood. The burning question is this latest Ocean’s 11 spin-off…

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  • Film Review – The Third Murder (2017)

    Film Review – The Third Murder (2017)

    When it comes to family-focused dramas, Hirokazu Kore-eda is one of the best directors, some go as far as calling him an ‘auteur’. his latest film, The Third Murder is a departure from his usual affair, dipping his toes into a crime drama. From fractured family life to noir-esque cerebral drama, that attempts to justify…

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  • Film Review – Red Sparrow (2018)

    Film Review – Red Sparrow (2018)

    They always said the spy game was always a dirty one when you watch Red Sparrow it’s a ‘sexy’ one too. Don’t expect an action-packed film, expect more a sexually dialogue driven espionage thriller. One that’s more at home with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, just don’t expect to see George Smiley in high heels and…

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