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It’s a Sin

Wow. Just…wow. Sometimes, a show comes along that you know you will never, ever forget. We all remember where we were when we saw Tony Soprano cut to black as Don’t Stop Believin’ played out The Sopranos, and how we felt when H...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Climb

What would you do for love? Or in this case the question should be, what would you give up for love? For Kyle (Kyle Marvin) it seems to be his dignity, often his pride but always his sense of peace as he chooses to, is encourag...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saint Maud

Some horrors want to make you jump, some want to chill you to the core, others want to get under your skin and haunt you with images impossible to forget. Saint Maud falls into that latter camp, a horror film that doesn’t want ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rent-A-Pal

Every once in a while, a film comes along – often with little fanfare – that just completely floors you. It could be a cerebral sci-fi from Benson & Moorhead or a thought-provoking drama from the other side of the world, or...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Trek – Picard: Season One

One of the longest-running and most celebrated sci-fi franchises of all time, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek is showing no signs of slowing down as it turns 55 years old. With three different series currently running and a furthe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942

In 1999, Marlene Dietrich was named the ninth greatest female screen legend of classic Hollywood cinema, and her reputation has only grown in the last 20 years. One of the most iconic and recognisable stars in film history, her...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Relic

Given the horror-show that was 2020 it’s hardly surprising to see the year gave us some genuinely great horror films. Films such as Saint Maud and Possessor were hugely celebrated and made a number of best of lists for the year...
 
 
 
 
 
 

One Night in Miami…

Stage-to-film adaptations can go one of two ways. In simple terms, they either expand upon the original text by opening the setting and probing deeper into its world and characters, or they feel frustratingly “stagy” by failing...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Tin Drum

Certainly one of the most surreally disturbing films to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, the Palme d’Or recipient The Tin Drum is certainly an acquired taste. The film, directed by Ger...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Don is Dead

The gangster genre is packed with undisputed all-time classics, from Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary Godfather films to Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Casino. But some films in the genre never stood the test of time, falling...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Elio Petri is a name that any self-respecting film fan should know. Between 1961 and 1979 he directed 11 remarkable films, earning international acclaim and a much-deserved Academy Award for his 1970 masterpiece Investigation o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

A bi-opic it isn’t, but Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story never-the-less makes what CBS-TV called “an immeasurably entertaining movie”–ablaze with comedy, romance, and spectacular martial arts sequences. From a childhood ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

We Are Who We Are: The Complete Series

With films like Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash, I Am Love and the 2018 remake of Suspiria (to name but a few), Luca Guadagnino is quickly becoming one of the most consistently excellent filmmakers working today. 2020 bro...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crash

Without a doubt one of the most controversial and divisive films in the history of cinema, David Cronenberg’s Crash is a daring and challenging watch full of graphic sexuality and violence. Surprisingly earning a gorgeous rerel...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The New World

Met with a rather lukewarm critical response on release in 2005 and barely managing to make back its $30 million budget at the box office, Terrence Malick’s The New World was later ranked by several critics as one of the best f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mouchette

In one of the bleakest years in recent memory, nothing says cinematic escapism like Robert Bresson’s Mouchette, described by distributor Criterion as “one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film”. Fo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season

While perhaps not quite as well known on this side of the pond, Erle Stanley Gardner’s beloved criminal defence lawyer and PI Perry Mason is one of the most iconic characters in US literature. Across 82 novels, 4 short stories ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Babyteeth

When a film has Ben Mendelsohn, you know it is going to be good. It doesn’t matter what it is. Famed film critic Roger Ebert had a rule that no film with Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmett Walsh can be altogether bad, and I would ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are among the most highly regarded films in the history of cinema. Winning 9 Oscars between them, they are masterpieces of the crime genre and simply untouchable. T...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cinema Paradiso – 4K

In one of the most difficult years for cinema where many venues across the nation remain shuttered, it is important to remind ourselves of the everlasting joy of the cinema experience, and keep it alive in any way we can. That ...