Blu-Ray Review – Catfight

Catfight played some festivals last year, but didn't get anywhere near the release it should’ve had. It’s a riotous black comedy that rarely lets up during the film’s running time of 96 minutes. It boasts performances from Sandra Oh and Anne Heche, who have great interplay between each other. It’s a film about privilege in New York City, and [...]

Blu-Ray Review – Umberto D.

Italian neorealism was an important development in cinema during the late '40s, immediately after the end of WW2. It was a movement led by directors who grew up and came of age during fascist Italy under Mussolini. The main filmmakers involved were Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Luchino Visconti. They rejected making films in studios and [...]

Blu-Ray Review – The Life of Oharu

  The Life of Oharu is directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, who is considered by many to be the greatest director to ever come out of Japan. He was favoured by French critics at Cahiers du Cinéma over those who, like Akira Kurosawa, were considered too Western, as they saw Mizoguchi as more culturally “Japanese.” Schlock maestro Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment has said repeatedly that he [...]

Blu-Ray Review – Hard Times

  Hard Times is a gritty look at the Depression era of bare-knuckle boxing in New Orleans. Charles Bronson turns in perhaps his finest performance this side of Once Upon a Time in the West playing Chaney, who is a train-hopping drifter. Chaney is approached by the two-bit hustler Speed, played by James Coburn, and they are [...]