Blu-Ray Review – It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was Stanley Kramer’s first foray into comedy as a director. He had produced some comedies previous to the project, and was best-known for making films about social problems and issues, such as The Defiant Ones and On the Beach. He later mixed these genres with the film Guess Who’s [...]

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DVD Review – David Lynch: The Art Life

David Lynch: The Art Life is a deeply revealing and personal documentary about David Lynch and his life up to Eraserhead. The documentary is part biography and part an examination of his concept of "the art life." It's all told through extensive interviews with Lynch at his home just off Mulholland Drive. Lynch grew up in all around [...]

Blu-Ray Review – Kill, Baby… Kill!

Mario Bava deserves the title of master of Italian horror film far more than Dario Argento ever did, even though Argento certainly had his moments. Bava's best films are more rooted in classic gothic literature, so atmosphere and mood are vital. A special focus on inventive visual techniques makes his films incredibly unique within the [...]

Blu-Ray Review – The Ghoul

The Ghoul is a low-budget film from Gareth Tunley, who comes from the same scene as Ben Wheatley and Alice Lowe.  This group of interesting young filmmakers sprang up from alternative comedy circuit and short-lived Channel 4 TV shows like Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Tunley appeared in Wheatley's first two features, Down Terrace and Kill List, and was encouraged by Wheatley to try [...]

Blu-Ray Review – Mindhorn

Mindhorn ended up being a minor box office success in the UK after a successful festival run, including a slot at the London Film Festival. However, everywhere else in the world the film was released on Netflix instead n cinemas. It's a directorial debut for Sean Foley, who has an extensive history of directing stage plays, [...]