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

The Delta Force

The Delta Force

Delta Force is not a good film. However, it would be churlish to overlook it as an icon of its time, where whether it was well made or coherent didn’t matter, all that mattered was the fun factor. With that goal in mind Menahem Golan has put together an action film drenched in 80s eccentricity. Even with a passage that flirts with a level of thematic depth and intrigue beyond its contemporaries, this is first and foremost a dumb action movie, thanks to the superior Arrow treatment of HD presentation and glorious extras there is an audience who will lap this right up. Continue reading

Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son

That ability to capture the delightful innocence of childhood is second to none, what’s more, there are few directors working today who can capture the beauty of human relationships and the everyday as muscularly as Koreeda Hirokazu. The director may not be interested in the art of this visual medium, but as a storyteller there are few people who come close to the Japanese Master and Like Father like Son sees him at his very best. Continue reading

Sisters

Sisters

Arrow film and video are continuing their exploration of Brian de Palma’s back catalogue with their release of his 1973 film – Sisters. This follows Obsession, Blow Out, The Fury, Phantom of the Paradise and Dressed to kill in their … Continue reading

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Best of all for both the film and its lead, Tatum doesn’t realise the folly of his ways. The only awakening he goes through is when he realises he’s gone too far, ruining his career – Wilder is 100% committed to this cause, and it’s this that has ensured that Ace in the Hole is just as biting a satire now as it was back in 1951. The sharp intelligence of Ace in the Hole is yet more proof – if needed – that Billy Wilder is one of the great directors of the 20th Century. Continue reading

Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday (1955)

With the added clarity of the Blu-ray presentation we are talking about a seriously pretty film from Eureka Classics. While no film-noir classic, Violent Saturday is a solidly entertaining heist picture that carries on the great name of Eureka with their latest endeavour. Continue reading