Blu-Ray Review – Scorsese Shorts

The first couple of films in this collection were made in the 1960s, before Martin Scorsese had made his first feature, Who’s That Knocking at My Door? What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? and It’s Not Just You, Murray! were student films, and The Big Shave was completed the same year as … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Scorsese Shorts

Blu-Ray Review – Takeshi Kitano Collection (Violent Cop / Boiling Point / Sonatine)

Violent Cop Slow, constant, steady. Violent Cop is a contemplative movie, even as ruthless masculinity courses through its veins. This is a film about an unorthodox, dirty cop but is very tranquil for a movie of that kind. It shows the calmness of letting life happen, and through that comes an acceptance of violence. The bone-shattering violence … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Takeshi Kitano Collection (Violent Cop / Boiling Point / Sonatine)

Blu-Ray Review – Britannia Hospital

Britannia Hospital is the final film in what is an incredibly loose trilogy built around the character of Mick Travis, played in all three films by Malcolm McDowell. It's undoubtedly the worst film in the "so-called trilogy" (as McDowell refers to it as such in O Lucky Man! commentary track), but when you are following up two masterpieces … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Britannia Hospital

Blu-Ray Review – Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence was directed by noted Japanese auteur Nagisa Ōshima, who was at the peak of his career when he made this. He was riding high after winning best director at the Cannes Film Festival for Empire of Passion, which is where he met the fantastic and very nice producer Jeremy Thomas. That year at Cannes, … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence