Review Archive: August 2009

Il Divo

Paolo Sorrentino, director of The Consequences of Love, is back with another flawed but enigmatic character, this time the real-life Italian politician and statesman Giulio Andreotti.

Door into Silence

Lucio Fulci's limbo movie features a man chasing his own hearse down on the bayou, but no gore. Creepy and effective says John...

Bust Series 1

Les Anderson looks at the recent DVD release of the first series of this drama starring Paul Nicholas and Phyllis Logan...

The Beast of the City (Warner Archive)

An early police drama made to contrast with the popular gangster pictures of the time, The Beast of the City finds Walter Huston in good guy mode and Jean Harlow happy to play the bad girl.


Kornél Mundruczó's mixes the taboo of incest with notions of original sin into a film of brutal violence and magnificent beauty. Noel Megahey reviews ICA Film’s DVD release.

Wendy and Lucy

A girl and her dog head to Alaska in search of a new life in Kelly Reichardt’s simple and beautiful follow-up to Old Joy. Noel Megahey reviews.

King of the Castle: The Complete Series

Les Anderson reviews this 1970s children's fantasy drama series also created by Doctor Who stalwarts Bob Baker and Dave Martin...

Sky: The Complete Series

Les Anderson reviews this 1970s children's drama from Doctor Who stalwarts Bob Baker and Dave Martin...

Sick Girl

'Sick Girl' promises more blood, gore and extremity from the budget horror genre, but does it delive...

Son frère

Peccadillo Pictures release a new edition of Patrice Chéreau’s intense 2003 film on families, illness and death. Noel Megahey reviews.

Passe ton bac d'abord...

Masters of Cinema's exemplary series of Maurice Pialat films continues with Passe ton bac d'abord, made in 1979, which focuses on a group of teenagers in Northern France. Review by Gary Couzens.

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart

Wayne Wang's second feature takes a more gentle Ozu-like approach to the lives of one Chinese-American family in San Francisco and is presented in a restored and reformatted UK DVD.

Chan is Missing

Wayne Wang's debut feature, relating the experience of Chinese-American migrants as a noir thriller, comes to UK DVD in a fully restored edition.

Electra Glide in Blue

Robert Blake stars in Electra Glide in Blue, a cult cop thriller from 1973. Gary Couzens reviews the UK Region 2 DVD from Optimum.

The Fox Family

A horror comedy musical fantasy - you don't get many of those to the pound. John reviews the recent Terractotta release


Hugh Grant and Tara Fitzgerald meet with temptation in 1930s Australia, in the shape of artist Sam Neill and his household of beautiful models in Sirens. Review of the UK release from Arrow by Gary Couzens.

The Howl

It's 1968, revolution is in the air and just the man to lead it is Tinto Brass. Tina Aumont stars in this recent R1 release


A cross between Pinocchio, Sinbad and wu xia. John reviews the big screen adaptation of Tezuku Osamu...

Blue Eyelids

The wonderful, gentle romantic comedy from new Mexican director Ernesto Contreras is given quality treatment on Axiom's DVD release. Noel Megahey reviews.


A young girl goes missing and another takes her place in Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy's first feature, an award-winning slow meditation on identity. Released by New Wave Films.

Claymore Vol. 3 & 4

Hiroyuki Tanaka's fine demon and swordplay anime reaches mid-point, keeping up the pace, action and revelations.

Darker Than Black Vol. 1 & 2

A post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller from Tensai Okamura bears more than a resemblance to Akira. Noel Megahey reviews Manga's DVD release of the first 10 episodes.


Small town corruption, serial killers and FBI agents - Jennifer Lynch's second feature is in Twin Peaks territory, but can she carry it off with the same sense of the bizarre as her father?

The Beast - Season 1

Patrick Swayze makes a triumphant return to our screens in A&E's "The Beast". A damn fine cop show, sadly cut down before its time, which now sees a welcome DVD release. Available to own from today.

My Dinner with André

Wallace Shawn and André Gregory have a conversation over dinner in Louis Malle's My Dinner with André. This cult classic is given a two-disc release from Criterion, and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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