Review Archive: April 2009

Top Gear Adventures: Volume 2

Jeremy don't surf! That doesn't have quite the same ring to it......

Charlie And Lola: I Can't Stop Hiccupping!

Hmmm...I know how she feels!...

Hannah Takes The Stairs

Joe Swanberg's film takes on the familiar mumblecore subject of inarticulate alienated American youth looking for happiness in the modern world. Noel Megahey reviews the ICA Projects release.


Warren Beatty stacks the deck with Susannah York in this creaky jaunt across the card tables of Europe.

La gueule ouverte

Masters of Cinema release Maurice Pialat's powerful third feature film as a 2-disc set along with the director's Turkish short films. Noel Megahey reviews.

Timecrimes (aka Los Cronocrímenes)

Nacho Vigalondo's scifi thriller is novel because it's so ordinary. John steps back in time with the...

The King and Four Queens

Gable pops a breath mint and tries to charm some ladies out of their gold in this Raoul Walsh-directed western, out now from Optimum.

Hansel and Gretel

If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a chilling treat. John praises this dark Korean fairytale.

Odds Against Tomorrow

This post-noir crime drama, a massive influence on Jean-Pierre Melville, explodes onto DVD in the UK.

The Béla Tarr Collection

Artificial Eye collects existing releases of the formidable Hungarian director's films Werckmeister Harmonies and Damnation into a set with the newly released The Man From London. Noel Megahey reviews.

The Man From London

Long, slow, bleak and miserable, Béla Tarr’s latest masterpiece, based on a crime thriller by Georges Simenon, makes its way out on DVD from Artificial Eye. Noel Megahey reviews.

The Handmaid's Tale

Gary Couzens has reviewed The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, released in the UK by Optimum. This review is dedicated to the memory of Natasha Richardson (1963-2009).

The Chick's Ability

Impulse Pictures unleashes 'Pornochanchada' upon the west as they introduce their "Classic Latin Ero...

The Red Riding Trilogy

A riveting series of films gets a reasonable R2 release from Optimum.

The Thick of It: The Specials

The government and the opposition......

The Raccoons Season 2

James travels back to the Evergreen Forest and finds that Cyril Sneer is up to his old tricks in thi...

Woman on the Run

Ann Sheridan stars in a really excellent film noir, found only in absolutely dreadful quality. It's a small shame that the movie will probably never get its due looking like this.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

The day the earth yawned, scratched and switched off...

Hellsing Ultimate Volume 04

The Queen calls a round table meeting between Hellsing and Iscariot to discuss the threat of Millenium, and the evil Major sends his feline Warrant Officer Schrödinger to gatecrash the party before setting off with his army of 1000 vampires to attack Britain in another exciting edition of Hellsing: Ultimate.


If you're dying to see what a darkish film with Mickey Rooney, James Cagney's sister and Peter Lorre might be like, here's a watchable effort from Glass Key.


Glass Key's Film Noir Collection starts off with a less than promising release of Richard Fleischer's Trapped, starring Lloyd Bridges. Good film, poor disc. Read about it from clydefro.

Dive Olly Dive: Ocean Explorers: Volume 1

The spirit of Jacques Cousteau lives on, albeit in little computer-generated submarines......

Dick Spanner, P.I.

It's Gerry Anderson's 80th Birthday, and to commemorate the occasion James takes a look at one of the Thunderbird creator's least-remembered show

Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone

Sounds like a job for Doug McClure......

Dodes 'Ka-Den

Criterion release the film that very nearly finished Kurosawa off.....

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