Blu-Ray Review – The Colour of Pomegranates 

The Colour of Pomegranates is a film that defies easy categorisation: it's part documentary, part biopic and part surrealistic cinematic poem. It's inspired by the work of Armenian poet Sayat Nova, but instead of being a standard biographical film it uses imagery from phis oetry and his poetry itself to convey the life of this man … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – The Colour of Pomegranates 

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Blu-Ray Review – Magnificent Doll

Magnificent Doll is probably best known for being one of Ginger Rogers dramatic roles—of course, she is best known for her classic musical comedies with her dancing partner Fred Astaire. She remains somewhat underappreciated as a dramatic actress, even though Magnificent Doll itself is not the shining jewel in her crown of dramatic performances. The film was directed … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Magnificent Doll

Blu-Ray Review – Once Were Warriors

"Toxic masculinity" is a term that has been thrown around recently, and is probably overused, like many buzzwords. However, the film Once Were Warriors certainly deals with the consequences of a family patriarch’s toxic masculinity for the other members of his family. When the film was unleashed on the filmgoing public it sent shockwaves throughout the … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Once Were Warriors

Blu-Ray Review – Penitentiary

Penitentiary is a blaxploitation film directed by Jamaa Fanaka, who was part of the “L.A. Rebellion” movement of young African-American filmmakers in the '70s, mostly from UCLA. The most notable member of the group was Charles Burnett. For the most part they rejected classical Hollywood filmmaking, opting for an experimental neo-realist approach. However, Fanaka was an … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Penitentiary