BLU-RAY REVIEW: HOUSESITTER

Housesitter is a film that shares a few things in common with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Both star Steve Martin playing a character where he has to deceive some people and both are directed by Frank Oz. Housesitter was never a film that was going to win any awards but it is ultimately a fun and forgettable little…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: F IS FOR FAMILY

  The letter “f” is at the beginning of a few different words. There’s the animated Netflix series, F Is For Family. There’s also “fail,” “f**ed,” “flimsy” and “forgettable.” It is easy to sit back and say that the aforementioned series about a dysfunctional family lead by a beer-swilling boob that works in a boring job…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing Street is a feel-good musical about the in-between days found nestled between childhood and adulthood. The film is an optimistic one set in Dublin in the 1980s. It was a halcyon time in the post-punk era where a kid could start a band by picking up an instrument and people across the world…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE GREAT GATSBY

  The Great Gatsby is a film that only lives up to part of its name. The Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) adaptation of the classic, F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is “great” insofar as it is lavish and rich in a visual sense. But this story simply does not transfer well onto screen (despite the many…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: CONCUSSION

  Concussion is an inflammatory story that is told in a subtle and benign way. It’s a film that covers the real-life events of a Nigerian-American pathologist’s discovery of a brain disorder called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It’s one that is caused by repeated trauma to the head and was initially discovered in the brains of…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES

  Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is not for the faint-hearted or the Jane Austen purist. The film is an adaption of the successful, mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. While it has some enjoyable and indeed agreeable moments, the basic ingredients are too much like chalk and cheese. This means they could never really combine…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: VINYL SEASON ONE

  A story clouded by lost brain cells, self-aggrandisement and bullshit. This is what the TV series, Vinyl sells you. It’s a heady dramatic turn through the sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and hedonism that was the music industry in New York in 1973. This ten part TV series is a slow-burning, nuanced one that feels…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: CUT BANK

  Cut Bank is the sort of film that if you go in with low expectations you may just be pleasantly surprised. The movie is a pastiche of noir thriller and is indebted to the work of the Coen brothers in more ways than one. Cut Bank is ultimately the sort of story that is hardly…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: FORREST GUMP

  It’s been over 20 years since audiences were introduced to an idiot-savant named Forrest Gump. The whimsical dramedy was like Gump’s own telling of this one American life. It was ultimately an extraordinary story told in a magical way and was a well-deserved recipient of the Best Picture Oscar at the 67th Academy Awards….

BLU-RAY REVIEW: BARFLY

  Barfly isn’t set in a bar where everybody knows your name. It is set in a seedy, LA pub where a group of regulars congregate while nursing their drinks in between fights. The 1987 film is a character study that looks at three days in the life of the late American poet, Charles Bukowski….

BLU-RAY REVIEW: KNIGHT OF CUPS

  Terrence Malick’s seventh film, Knight of Cups is a completely forgettable piece of hoity-toity arthouse shlock masquerading as a kind of intellectual narrative. The story gets its name from the tarot card that depicts a romantic adventurer guided by his emotions. And that’s really all it is. For a long two hours. Christian Bale stars…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: LIFE

  James Dean was one interesting character and legend. But the biopic, Life doesn’t always manage to convey this. The film focusses on a brief interlude in the famous actor’s life and while it’s beautifully shot and feels authentic thanks to a fabulous jazz soundtrack and great costumes, there are other parts where it all feels…