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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: Tangerine (2015)

    Film Review: Tangerine (2015)

    Sean Baker has established himself as one those film makers who has captured the voice of those trying to find the American Dream. Those who struggle with daily lives or the voiceless, the downtrodden that society forgets about. One could say he’s like the Ken Loach of American cinema and his 2015 film Tangerine is…

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  • Film Review – The Velvet Underground (2021)

    Film Review – The Velvet Underground (2021)

    When it comes to seminal bands in music, The Velvet Underground will be right up at the top. The legendary avant-garde rockers are the subject of Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Carol ) debut documentary feature. Which has been streaming on Apple TV+, now on The Criterion Collection. For a band back in it’s hey day…

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  • Film Review – City Lights (1931)

    Film Review – City Lights (1931)

    He’s film’s most iconic tramp, Charlie Chaplin returns with what  some consider his greatest film, City Lights. Now released  and restored by The Criterion Collection on Blu-ray with a host of fantastic extras. This is one of Chaplin’s most cherished films.  As for my previous statement  it’s his greatest film, that off course is personal…

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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 – Dune (2021)

    Film Review – Dune (2021)

    In 1972 David Bowie with The Spiders From Mars sang the 1970’s Ron Davis song ‘It Ain’t Easy’, a song that relates to the mammoth task Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune. Frank Herbert’s masterful sci-fi is complicated and complexed which since it’s creation considered unfilmable. Just like Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings trilogy (also considered…

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  • Film Review – The  Uninvited (1944, Criterion Collection)

    Film Review – The Uninvited (1944, Criterion Collection)

    For years I dreamed of the day The Criterion Collection would come to the UK. In 2016 that dream came true  (with a little help from Sony Pictures Releasing), the boutique distributor arrived and my mind went into hyperdrive. I was like a child let loose in a Toy  shop, I couldn’t decide what releases…

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  • Film Review – Bliss (2019)

    Film Review – Bliss (2019)

    Joe Begos is one of the filmmakers who proudly wears his influences on his sleeve. His couple of films (Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye) where like love letters to the genre films he grew up with. Inspired by the likes of David Cronenberg‘s Scanners, First Blood, Death Wish, even Brian DePalma films.Critically the response for…

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  • Film Review – Moonrise Kingdom (2012, Criterion Collection)

    Film Review – Moonrise Kingdom (2012, Criterion Collection)

    “What kind of bird are you?!”, Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom is the latest film from the director to join the Criterion Collection. The perfect platform to showcase his talents, with a charming sweet tale of lost love. Young love and unbridled friendship. The film is the follow up to Anderson’s 2009 stop animation Fantastic Mr.Fox.…

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  • Film Review – Suspiria (2018)

    Film Review – Suspiria (2018)

    One can argue the past few years, cinephiles have been subjected to a mixed of remakes. There is the other argument do these movies deserved an second (third, forth, fifth…). How many of those movies really were ‘remakes’ like Luca Guadagnino‘s Suspiria? After it’s cinematic release in late 2018, MUBI finally gave the film it’s…

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