Blu-Ray Review – Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is the sequel to the excellent film Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve. This one’s directed by Stefano Sollima, and it’s not half as good as the first. Sicario was an interesting, arty film about cartels, the drug war, and the role of the US government in it all, with Emily … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Blu-Ray Review – Night of the Demon

"It's in the trees! It's coming!" Kate Bush - Hounds of Love Night of the Demon was directed by Jacques Tourneur, who is best remembered for this film, his multiple collaborations with auteur producer Val Lewton, and his textbook example of film noir, Out of the Past. Over the years, Night of the Demon has gained a … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Night of the Demon

Blu-Ray Review – William Castle at Columbia Volume One

This set is comprised of four William Castle movies, including The Tingler, which was probably his best. For those who don’t already know his name, Castle was more of a producer (with credits that including Rosemary’s Baby) than a director, and more of a showman than anything else. He directed far more movies that have … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – William Castle at Columbia Volume One

Leeds International Film Festival Preview

It’s that time of year again: the Leeds International Film Festival is back with a full slate of films. Here are my top picks, which focuses especially on the “Time Frames” strand, plus some choice cuts from the cult film strand “Fanomenon” list and main selection. Thursday 1st November On opening night you have a … Continue reading Leeds International Film Festival Preview