Blu-Ray Review – Mishima: A Life in Four Chapter

Paul Schrader's biopic film about Yukio Mishima remains perhaps the greatest "biopic" ever made, mainly due to the fact that it disregards most of the conventions of the genre. The only aspect that resembles a typical biopic is that it uses Mishima's last day as a narrative tool to connect the rest of the film. … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Mishima: A Life in Four Chapter

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Blu-Ray Review – Smash Palace

Smash Palace is an obscure New Zealand drama by director Roger Donaldson, made after his debut feature Sleeping Dogs (which Arrow also released recently) became the first feature on 35mm ever shot in New Zealand. Now New Zealand is a common filming location, but back then it was unknown territory. Donaldson was in the vanguard of … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Smash Palace

Blu-Ray Review – The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is the earliest Wim Wenders feature that is currently available in the English-speaking world. His debut film, Summer in the City (named after the Lovin' Spoonful song), seems to have been written out of history. Supposedly not very good and, like The Goalie's Anxiety, it's chockablock with Wenders' … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick