High Noon

High Noon US (1952) Dir. Fred Zinnemann I must open with the confession that I am not a big fan of westerns. Never have been really but when High Noon, considered by many to be the definitive western, appeared on TV the other day I finally relented and crossed this seminal opus from my “to … Continue reading High Noon

Sing Street

Sing Street Ireland (2016) Dir. John Carney Is it possible to discuss Sing Street without making any comparisons to 1991’s classic The Commitments? To wit: both are set in Dublin, both are about playing music to escape one’s woes, and both very funny, evocative yarns. The older film is much grittier but the passion is … Continue reading Sing Street

WWE – Battleground 2016

WWE – Battleground 2016 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 192 minutes approx. This was a curious show, largely because the decision was made to split the rosters into RAW and Smackdown like they did in 2002, only they did it five days before. This made it an “inter-brand” … Continue reading WWE – Battleground 2016

Embrace Of The Serpent

Embrace Of The Serpent (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Peccadillo Pictures) Running Time: 124 minutes approx. We can lean a lot from films. They don’t all have to be fun, escapist entertainment to thrill and excite us nor do they have to be po-faced and formless in order to enlighten us either. Despite being beaten … Continue reading Embrace Of The Serpent

The Rebel

The Rebel UK (1961) Dir. Robert Day Any Millennials reading will find it hard to believe that back in the 1950’s and early 1960’s a six-note tuba riff would signal the country coming to a standstill as the nation crowded around their radios and later their TV sets. Why? Because  that meant it was time … Continue reading The Rebel

Sunshine Blogger Award

  Apologies for the tardiness of this post, but I once again find myself humbled to receive a nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award, another way for bloggers to recognise and celebrate the work of those they follow and whose work they appreciate. It is to Markus of The Marcko Guy to whom I most … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award

Guys And Dolls

Guys And Dolls US (1955) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz In the 1930’s it was “Garbo Talks!”; it the 1950’s it was “Brando Sings!” Well, not quite but it did make some wonder if the hottest box office star of the period known for his brooding, naturalistic anti-hero roles in films such as On The Waterfront … Continue reading Guys And Dolls

11 Eyes Collection

11 Eyes Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 336 minutes approx. Why an odd number of eyes you might ask? Perhaps it is because the main protagonist wears an eye-patch over his right eye, and he is surrounded by five friends with perfect vision; yet the covered eye is fully functioning and … Continue reading 11 Eyes Collection

Sweet Bean (An)

Sweet Bean (An) Japan (2015) Dir. Naomi Kawase Only in world cinema films can food be a key ingredient (excuse the pun) and avoid using it as a sexual allegory or for similar prurient reasons, instead it is a tool for a meditative look into the individual cultures. And no-one seems to do this better … Continue reading Sweet Bean (An)

Suburra

Suburra (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment) Running Time: 135 minutes approx. The Italians (as should every nation really) ought to thank their criminal underworld, along with their corrupt politicians, for existing, purely for the endless inspiration it gives their writers and filmmakers, as this film from Stefano Sollima, director of the TV … Continue reading Suburra