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The Nice Guys

It’s fair to assume that as a child, while other boys his age were out playing baseball and trying to score with the chicks, Shane Black was hiding in a basement somewhere pouring over Raymond Chandler novels. Because the forme...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love & Friendship

Oh how the British do so love their period dramas. All the finery of the costumes, the cut glass accents, the decadence of the real estate and the decorum of societal behaviour. But while Love & Friendship might look like s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Everybody Wants Some!!

Never trust someone who doesn’t love at least one Richard Linklater film. That’s a good policy to live by. Because Linklater, while being a director who dabbles in various genres and mediums, is a filmmaker who deals in the hon...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Flower of my Secret

Work your way through the six films included in the excellent Almodóvar Collection and you will begin to notice certain recurring motifs. Aside from Pedro Almodóvar’s fondness for transgressive imagery and his widely-celebrated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kika

Back when distribution companies first began releasing and re-packaging the collected works of particular directors, eccentricities of choice could easily be explained away in terms of problems securing rights to well-known fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Fascism appears to have had a rather complicated influence on the development of Spanish cinema. When the dust finally settled on the Spanish civil war and cultural elites began surveying the damage, they realised that nearly a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dark Habits

While Pedro Almodóvar is now one of the best known and most widely-respected figures in European cinema, it is easy to forget that he began his career making underground films in the shadows of Europe’s last surviving fascist r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eddie The Eagle

Remember when you were at school and everyone said “it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts”. You probably didn’t believe it then, there’s a part of you that probably doesn’t believe it even now. By the end of Ed...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Strangelove

Trust Criterion to time their release of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb for the same time that a certain Premier just fired all his naval commanders. Of course it...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get A Job

Get A Job’s premise is a simple one. It’s about a group of millennials, and one of their dad’s, all desperately trying to find an occupation in life that pays the rent. And for a lot of weed, apparently. Of course if you’ve eve...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Parenthood

If Seinfeld was indeed a TV show about nothing, then Ron Howard’s Parenthood is a film about nothing. And yet, in this ‘nothing’, there is everything. Before Love, Actually and Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dragnet

Dragnet is perhaps the most iconic and influential police procedural drama in the history of television and radio. Despite starting 65 years ago this year, the show’s cultural impact still resonates today – with almost all poli...
 
 
 
 
 
 

King Ralph

Long before John Goodman terrified us this year in the brilliant 10 Cloverfield Lane, he was a cuddly and loveable comedy star. In 1991, he was given his first leading role – Ralph Hampton Gainesworth Jones, or quite simply, Ki...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brewster’s Millions

Finally released on Blu-ray Brewster’s Millions is a surprisingly simple and endlessly entertaining tale of financial excess. Montgomery ‘Monty’ Brewster (Richard Pryor) has always dreamed of better things. As a pitcher for the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ride Along 2

As movies go, Ride Along 2 isn’t a thought-provoking piece of cinematic viewing. It won’t stretch your mind or keep you on your toes but it will provided that quick hit of entertain. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube make the ultimate co...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tootsie

It’s apt that for their first venture on UK shores the Criterion Collection, a label renowned for only picking out the most iconic films to add to their list, should choose Tootsie. Because there is something quintessentially A...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Walk In The Woods

Bill Bryson is a wordsmith who made his name as a purveyor of accessible travel books characterised by his wit, knowledge and approachable everyman-ism. Sadly though, precisely that which made him such a globally adored author ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sleeping With Other People

You know the drill when it comes to romantic comedies like Sleeping With Other People. Take two attractive people, throw in a whole bunch of sexual tension that amounts to a ‘will they, won’t they’ vibe, sprinkle a few kooky fr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are peripheral characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: They are summoned by Hamlet’s family, asked to keep an eye on him, and promptly manipulated into sentencing themselves to death. They have n...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gemma Bovery

First published in 1865, to say that Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary is a classic would be something of an understatement: Classic novels tend to be works that are very good at doing the types of things that tend to happ...