Blu-Ray Review – The Lords of Flatbush

The Lords of Flatbush is probably a more interesting film on paper than it is for the viewer. To set the stage: the year is 1974, and the US is in the height of the ’50s revival of the ‘1970s, with American Graffiti becoming a surprising smash hit (the film, however, is actually set in 1962). Grease is on Broadway, … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – The Lords of Flatbush

Blu-Ray Review – Superman: Red Son

Superman has always been my least favourite of the big superheroes: he is the archetype of all modern superheroes, but he is such a do-gooder in every instance, with no grey areas, that he has always bored me. Yes, the story of Superman reflects the character's creators’ own story, as writer Jerry Siegel and artist … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Superman: Red Son

Blu-Ray Review – Manon

Manon is a little-seen gem from the master director Henri-Georges Clouzot. It is an extremely loose adaptation of the 1731 novel Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévos,, which transports the story to WW2 France. It was Clouzot’s second film after he was unfairly tarnished with accusations of being a Nazi collaborator over his film Le Corbeau and banned from making films for … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Manon