DVD Review

Psychomania (1973)
DVD Review

Psychomania (1973)

Objectively speaking, Psychomania isn’t exactly what you would call a good film. The acting is varied, the premise is amusing and slightly ridiculous, and it centres on a biker gang who I spent years telling people weren’t even half as tough as those infamous “Hell’s Grannies” featured in a memorable […]

The Commitments (1991)
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The Commitments (1991)

The strange thing about The Commitments, for me, is that I wasn’t sure if I had seen it. I remembered snippets, certain highlights, but kept convincing myself that I had somehow not sat through the entire movie. And then it turns out that I had seen it. But, even as […]

Green Room (2016)
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Green Room (2016)

Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin (2013) begins in media res, advancing with the tension of stretching a coiled slinky into garrotting wire, and ceasing on a moment of violence that snaps the instrument back into a thick, tangled wad. In most revenge stories, this moment would represent a climax, but here […]

Friend Request (2016)
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Friend Request (2016)

When Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) accepts a friend request on Facebook from fellow student Marina (Liesl Ahlers) she doesn’t know what she’s letting herself in for. Marina, you see, has no other friends. I don’t mean this as an exaggeration. She has nobody else. At all. But she wants that to […]

Only Yesterday (1991)
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Only Yesterday (1991)

Great films are transportive – they cultivate a sense of time and place that feels lived-in and specific, and use elements of production design, costume and sound to tell a story separate from the plot. In Only Yesterday, the place is Tokyo, and the time is 1966. Taeko (Miki Imai) […]

Eddie The Eagle (2016)
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Eddie The Eagle (2016)

I was 12 years old when Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards became a media sensation here in the UK (and, I guess, worldwide). He was a British ski-jumper, which made him the only British ski-jumper anyone had even heard of in over fifty years, and he was rather inaccurately perceived by […]

The Trust (2016)
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The Trust (2016)

I admit I was expecting more from the new heist thriller, The Trust. The film by writing / directing siblings Alex and Benjamin Brewer, and starring Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood and Sky Ferreira, has been heralded as a black comedy. Having watched it though I found very little of a […]

Hired To Kill (1990)
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Hired To Kill (1990)

With EIFF 2016 looming large on the horizon, I decided that it was high time to dust off the cobwebs and get back into the Flickfeast flow. Unfortunately, all of the major new releases have already received some pretty solid coverage. And it will be some time before I catch […]

The Desert Hawk (1950)
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The Desert Hawk (1950)

In the ancient east Princess Scheherazade (Yvonne De Carlo) has been promised in marriage to the wicked Prince Murad (George Macready). However the mysterious Desert Hawk (Richard Greene), a hero of the people, has different ideas and sets about saving the princess by donning a disguise and marrying her himself, […]

Respectable – The Mary Millington Story (2016)
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Respectable – The Mary Millington Story (2016)

The life of actress Mary Millington appears to have been one of contradictions. Though she featured in the sex comedy Come Play With Me (1977) – one of the most successful British films ever made – it seems the one thing Mary craved most always managed to elude her. Though […]