Blu-Ray Review – Brimstone

It’s a 19th century Western that was actually shot in Europe (Hungary, Spain, Austria and Germany)—the locations are well-chosen and work fine. The story is very grim, and resulted in some backlash from American and British critics over alleged misogyny, but its actually a revenge story about a woman who has consistently abused by men. … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Brimstone

Blu-Ray Review – Once Were Warriors

"Toxic masculinity" is a term that has been thrown around recently, and is probably overused, like many buzzwords. However, the film Once Were Warriors certainly deals with the consequences of a family patriarch’s toxic masculinity for the other members of his family. When the film was unleashed on the filmgoing public it sent shockwaves throughout the … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Once Were Warriors

Blu-Ray Review – Penitentiary

Penitentiary is a blaxploitation film directed by Jamaa Fanaka, who was part of the “L.A. Rebellion” movement of young African-American filmmakers in the '70s, mostly from UCLA. The most notable member of the group was Charles Burnett. For the most part they rejected classical Hollywood filmmaking, opting for an experimental neo-realist approach. However, Fanaka was an … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Penitentiary