My Name Is Julia Ross

My Name Is Julia Ross (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 65 minutes approx. It’s become something of a cliché to find some way of making a Hitchcock comparison or reference when discussing any mystery or suspense thriller from the 1940’s but the fact remains, there are occasions when watching such … Continue reading My Name Is Julia Ross

The Early Films Of Olivier Assayas

The Early Films Of Olivier Assayas (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 91 minutes approx. / 84 minutes approx. Many film fans might only know Olivier Assayas from recent Hollywood films Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper, while cineastes will refer to the two films made with his ex-wife, Hong … Continue reading The Early Films Of Olivier Assayas

Black Venus

Black Venus (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 165 minutes approx. I’m wondering if Abdellatif Kechiche is capable of making a film of reasonable length. Looking at his resume, only one runs under two hours and that is only by a few minutes. In between 2007’s 150-minute Couscous and 2013’s 3-hour … Continue reading Black Venus

Behemoth The Sea Monster

Behemoth The Sea Monster UK/US (1959) Dirs. Douglas Hickox & Eugène Lourié As we know us Brits decided to jump on the monster movie bandwagon with Gorgo in 1961, essentially Godzilla with a hint of King Kong and classic Ray Harryhausen movies thrown in for good measure. However, we actually had a crack at it … Continue reading Behemoth The Sea Monster

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Collection

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Collection (Cert 15) 3 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Kaze UK) Running time: 650 minutes approx. My initial opening line for this review was going to be “The title says it all” but the reality is, it doesn’t - not by a long shot. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is definitely bizarre but is … Continue reading Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Collection

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde US (1920) Dir. John S. Robertson There have been many, many adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic 1886 novella The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, spanning all forms of entertainment. Despite the vintage of this celebrated effort, it wasn’t the first - or even the only one … Continue reading Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

The Working Girl

The Working Girl (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. In its native France, this debut from Sylvie Verheyde is entitled Amoureux Solitaires (Lonely Lovers) while for international release it has been renamed Sex Doll. Presumably, this would be far too raunchy for uptight Britain, so we get the … Continue reading The Working Girl

The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog

The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog UK (1927) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Quite a few famous and lesser-known Hitchcock films from his classic period (aka the Hollywood years) have been reviewed on this site so it makes for a refreshing change to go back to the beginning of the Master of Suspense’s career, with … Continue reading The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog

Hue And Cry

Hue And Cry UK (1947) Dir. Charles Crichton For a film company with such a rich history within British cinema it is something of an anomaly that Ealing studios is mostly recognised for its specific output during a ten year period, affectionately known as the Ealing Comedies. Hue And Cry kicked off this decade long, … Continue reading Hue And Cry

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