Review Archive: May 2009


To tie in with a TV showing on BBC1 tonight, Gary Couzens completes his look at the films of Celia director with a review of Irresistible, a suspense thriller starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Emily Blunt.

Hammers Over the Anvil

In the first of two reviews of films by Celia director Ann Turner, Gary Couzens looks at her 1993 drama Hammers Over the Anvil, also known as That Film with Russell Crowe nude on horseback...

The Wrestler

Mickey Rourke's exceptional performance comes to R2 DVD from Optimum.

Battlestar Galactica: The Final Season

Much like Galactica 1980 before them, the Galacticans reach Earth!...

The House by the Cemetery

Fulci lives and he rots your very soul. Masters of Giallo serve up a platter of splatter

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Robert Mitchum gets one of his finest roles in this Boston-set crime drama, now available, for the first time officially on any format, from the Criterion Collection.


Murdeous dwarves, forgetful detectives and solid murder setpieces. Argento's giallo appears uncut in the uk

The State of Things

Wim Wenders' 1982 film, an insight into the American film industry, is the latest for the deluxe Axiom DVD treatment. Noel Megahey reviews.


Love is a freshly opened freezer compartment in Lamberto Bava's directorial debut.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition. Seasons 1 & 2

That's right, it's been 25 years already. This summer sees the turtles back in full force, from toy ...

Mike Leigh at the BBC

Mike Leigh at the BBC includes almost all of Leigh's work for the Corporation. Gary Couzens reviews ...

Il Grido

Masters of Cinema release Antonioni's 1957 film, Il Grido(The Cry).

Francesco's Italy - Top To Toe

Les Anderson takes a look at this BBC documentary series in which Francesco da Mosto celebrates the art and beauty of Italy...

Exterminating Angels

Based on his own experiences, Jean-Claude Brisseau's film features a director who falls foul of the mystical forces he unleashes while making a film about taboo and sexual pleasure.

Shabby Tiger

This drama series based on Howard Spring’s best-selling novel is released for the first time on any format. Les Anderson takes a look at the UK DVD release by Network...


What is Rosebud? Maybe not what you think, as Peter O'Toole feigns interest in rescuing five spoiled teen girls who are kidnapped by the PLO in Otto Preminger's often reviled next-to-last film.

30 Rock Season 2

Is Tina Fey's comedy the funniest show on US TV? James makes the case....


Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho each contribute a highly individual view of Japanese society in this portmanteau film. Noel Megahey reviews the Optimum DVD release.

Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler

The second film which follows Nami on her path toward vengeance, sees her teaming up with action leg...

Wandering Ginza Butterfly

Meiko Kaji stars in the first of two features released by Synapse today from director Kazuhiko Yamag...

El Dorado - Centennial Collection

The middle film in the Howard Hawks-John Wayne trilogy of color westerns with similar plots, El Dorado gets a number in Paramount's Centennial Collection and a sizing up by clydefro.

Dear Diary

Reflections on Rome, Flashdance, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer, Pasolini, friendship, TV serials, illness and much more in Nanni Moretti's inimitable style. Noel Megahey reviews Arrow's DVD releas


Voyeurism, abuse and terrible violence? Pascale Laugier's horror gets a fine dvd release...

Une femme mariée

Masters of Cinema release a rarely seen Jean-Luc Godard film, but one that would seem to occupy an important place in his career. Noel Megahey reviews.

The Wind Will Carry Us

Abbas Kiarostami's masterful 1999 feature is given a superb 2-disc release by Artificial Eye. Noel Megahey reviews.

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