Buddies – Blu-Ray Review

The importance of the film Buddies cannot be overestimated: it was the very first narrative feature made about the AIDS pandemic. Like many of the first films that dealt with the AIDS crisis, it was made by a filmmaker who would later die of the disease. The director was Arthur J. Bressan Jr., a filmmaker … Continue reading Buddies – Blu-Ray Review

My Friend Dahmer – DVD Review

My Friend Dahmer is based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Derf Backderf, who had been a high school friend of the future serial killer. It’s one of those films where you know where it’s going—it ends as Dahmer drives off with his first victim—but it tells Dahmer’s childhood story. He was growing up as … Continue reading My Friend Dahmer – DVD Review

Berlin Alexanderplatz – Blu-Ray Review

The title of Berlin Alexanderplatz alone has an almost mythical quality for cineasts due to its length, which is around 15 hours, and the fact that it was the project that director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was desperate to do for his entire, insanely productive, but short career. Fassbinder reportedly read the source novel by Alfred Döblin … Continue reading Berlin Alexanderplatz – Blu-Ray Review

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song – Blu-Ray Review

This review is dedicated to all the Brothers and Sisters who have had enough of the Man! Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is an enormously important film in the history of American cinema. It was arguably the first blaxploitation film, which was soon followed by the decidedly more mainstream Shaft. There were a handful of films … Continue reading Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song – Blu-Ray Review

It Happened Here – Blu-Ray Review

It Happened Here is a legendary movie made by very young filmmakers about what would have happened if the Nazis had invaded Britain successfully. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo started working on the project when they were 18 and 16 respectively. It’s an alternative history/science fiction film that ended up in the Guinness Book of … Continue reading It Happened Here – Blu-Ray Review