Blu-Ray Review – Ray Harryhausen HMV Premium Collection Titles

Ray Harryhausen was the maestro of stop-motion animation, often mixed with live action. The latest batch of Harryhausen films in HMV’s Premium Collection are three movies he did the special effects for during three different periods of his career. The first is The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, followed by The Valley of Gwangi and then … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Ray Harryhausen HMV Premium Collection Titles

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HOME Mondo movies season: “Every Scene Looks You in the Eye and Spits”

On 3 and 4 March, HOME in Manchester will present a fantastic short mondo film series. The mondo phenomenon started in Italy, and had its roots in interest in other places and exoticism. It’s a documentary genre that, while the filmmakers may have had somewhat good intentions, can come off as problematic today. There was … Continue reading HOME Mondo movies season: “Every Scene Looks You in the Eye and Spits”

Blu-Ray Review – The Colour of Pomegranates 

The Colour of Pomegranates is a film that defies easy categorisation: it's part documentary, part biopic and part surrealistic cinematic poem. It's inspired by the work of Armenian poet Sayat Nova, but instead of being a standard biographical film it uses imagery from phis oetry and his poetry itself to convey the life of this man … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – The Colour of Pomegranates 

Blu-Ray Review – Magnificent Doll

Magnificent Doll is probably best known for being one of Ginger Rogers dramatic roles—of course, she is best known for her classic musical comedies with her dancing partner Fred Astaire. She remains somewhat underappreciated as a dramatic actress, even though Magnificent Doll itself is not the shining jewel in her crown of dramatic performances. The film was directed … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Magnificent Doll