Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon

From the mid-'50s well through to the '60s there was a big craze for Jules Verne-themed films. The high water mark was undoubtably the Walt Disney production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and at a slightly less exalted point is the Best Picture winner of 1956, Around the World in 80 Days. If those … Continue reading Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon

Clapboard Jungle – Blu-Ray Review

Clapboard Jungle is a fascinating insight into the world of independent filmmaking set primarily in the horror community. The film is directed by and "stars" Justin McConnell, who is a no-name horror filmmaker. He clearly loves film more than anything, but through various factors hasn't been able to get that next step up. The documentary walks a thin line between navel-gazing self-indulgence and useful tale about … Continue reading Clapboard Jungle – Blu-Ray Review

Catch Us If You Can – Blu-Ray Review

Catch Us If You Can (or Having a Wild Weekend in the U.S.)is the first feature film directed by John Boorman. It's an incredibly odd film, bordering on '60s art-house but wrapped up within this pop movie for the Dave Clark Five.  The film came out in 1965, which was a year after the runaway success of The Beatles collaboration with Richard … Continue reading Catch Us If You Can – Blu-Ray Review