Sabotage (2014)

Macho macho man, that Arnold Schwarzenegger! Since his return to cinema I have actually enjoyed everything he's been in. Expendables 2 (2012) was good fun - coming from someone who hated the first -, The Last Stand (2013) was absolutely a…

The Cloth (2013)

You should watch this movie. No, wait - I changed my mind. You should really not watch this movie. It's up to you, but if you watch it, you will regret it. If you manage to sit through it without fast-forwarding, I will seriously suspect…

Hobson’s Choice (1954)

Like another King Lear, old man Hobson, a widower, has three grown daughters to contend with. Unmarried (and unpaid), they work in his boot shop and do everything for him, freeing him up to go drinking with his buddies at the Moonraker pub…

Fire in the Blood (2013)

”Quite frankly, at the end, the companies are running the U.S. government. They are pulling the strings.” – Peter Rost, MD, former Vice-President of Pfizer, Inc. It is fortuitous that the documentary Fire in the Blood came along at around…

Coriolanus (2011)

The seldom-adapted play Coriolanus, in the recent cinematic production by Ralph Fiennes, is a rare treat for those of us who enjoy screen adaptations of the Bard’s works. Here, Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy has been updated to a current-day…

Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

If ever a cult rarity deserved a cutting-edge remastered Blu-ray release, Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise deserved it, and now it’s got one. Glory be to Arrow Video! As we hear in the accompanying interviews, De Palma got the idea…

The English Teacher (2013)

As someone who’s spent many years at the university, who loves Shakespeare and is also an aspiring writer, I have always had a special affection for movies about writing, about authors, about theatre and about teaching. I recently watched,…

Byzantium (2012)

Most movies, sadly, are either too gratuitous or not gratuitous enough. Why does it have to be so hard to strike the right balance? A mother/daughter pair of 200-year-old vampires are leading a secret life, in perpetual flight from a…

Machete Kills (2013)

Machete don’t tweet. Machete kills. Robert Rodriguez’s career has got ”action comedy” written all over it. Desperado (1995) was a memorable and promising breakthrough for him, which he even surpassed, in this reviewer’s opinion, with the…