Behind the Camera

Behind the Camera

When the dust has settled, third windows latest release is beleaguered by idiosyncrasies and hollow ploys to the point where misguided gags obscure the true values that a project like this should have. Of course there is value to be garnished from Behind the Camera, but the way E-J Yong has over-directed this piece ultimately makes for a tedious watch. With Pluto last month and their long-awaited release of Sake Bomb next month (this month, apologies about the delay), Behind the Camera is both sadly and thankfully just a lapse in the UK label’s impressive continued showcase of Asian cinema. Continue reading

The Complete Dr Phibes

The Complete Dr Phibes - The Abominable Dr Phibes & Dr Phibes Rises Again

Arrow films resume their retrospective of the finest titles from Vincent Price’s filmography with a boxset showcasing Robert Fuest’s Doctor Phibes films – the Abominable Dr Phibes and Dr Phibes rises again. Before moving onto the films themselves the matter of the bundle is in question. With its gorgeous recycling of the iconic poster art (complete with nonsensical tagline), this Boxset sees the features take centre stage away from the usually cargo of extras drowning this breed of release. Continue reading

Nashville (1974)

Nashville (1975) Blu Ray Review

With all these unique constituents competing with one another it’s a miracle that the end result isn’t just coherent but moving, funny, enlightening and intoxicating. Only the obvious statement remains, Altman (et al) bullishly present one of the most staggering triumphs of the New Hollywood era. Continue reading

Porky’s

Porky's

The Last American Virgin, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Animal House and Porky’s – the 1980s was packed to the brim with teen sex comedies that rigidly follow the same formula. To that end, one could legitimately rinse and repeat … Continue reading

Pluto (2012)

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Between Bleak Night and Pluto, Third Window films have covered the issues inherent in the Korean education system. While Bleak Night covers the inner city public school, Pluto covers an affluent academy attended by the top percentile with the fundamental flaws consistent between the two. Pluto is an eminently watchable and brave film thanks to its belligerent attitude and outstanding young talent. Yet more evidence (if needed) that we are witnessing a renascent Korean national cinema. Continue reading

Omar

Omar

Perhaps the frantic resolution is suggestive of the internal struggle Omar faces, but at the same time Bakri’s violent answer is the very antithesis to the neatly structured script and human drama that Hany Abu-Assad expertly crafted to that point. In spite of the poor conclusion, Abu-Assad’s film is one of the most surprising entries to the 2014 calendar; he depicts the fervour of a crusade and the limits of love with supreme skill. Continue reading

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

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The other group is where one finds The Pit and the Pendulum. This second group are films that are lost in time. That is to say they are testaments to nostalgia, films that hark back to a far less pretentious era of storytelling, films that are appreciated most by people who saw that during their teenage and early twenties – usually. Pit and the Pendulum will be enjoyed most by people in love with celebrated genre studios in Hammer and Amicus. Continue reading

Theatre of Blood

Theatre of Blood

With a career high from Vincent Price and a legendary supporting cast, Theatre of Blood is a joyous horror plucked from obscurity. If the mere fact that Arrow releasing this title wasn’t enough, it also boasts a wonderful mastering with the occasional blemish and a class of supplementary footage that has saw Arrow rise to the top of the home video game. For the knowledgeable horror fan this is one of the years must own releases. Continue reading

Sake-Bomb

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A Saké Bomb is a beer cocktail made by pouring Saké into a shot glass and dropping it into a pint of beer, it’s also the feature directorial début of TV cinematographer turned director Junya Sakino. In his début, rising … Continue reading

The Good Man

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The gap in class between the two halves in significant, but the point does eventually arise when they are both connected, with earth shattering results. The end-game suggests that these two characters are tied together in such a way that only one of them is permitted happiness, and how the ‘first world’ is blissfully ignorant to the plight of those outside their understanding. Emotionally the film rewards in drips and drabs, and fortunately that’s enough. This ambitiously structured debut has an important message to tell and in spite of the erratic script, The Good Man calls for a fascinating future for Phil Harrison. Continue reading