BLU-RAY REVIEW: AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE

  There are a lot of films about writers and their lives. Consider: Capote, Salinger, The Man Who Invented Christmas and more. An Angel At My Table fits into this tradition. It’s a biopic devoted to New Zealand’s most famous author, Janet Frame. This bio-pic is a very detailed and slow-burning account of her life. This…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RABBIT PROOF FENCE

  Rabbit Proof Fence is about a dark chapter in Australia’s history. The film dramatises the story of two sisters and their cousin who take a long walk home after they are forcibly removed from their families. Rabbit Proof Fence is ultimately an epic journey that tugs at your heartstrings. This film is based on…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: MILE 22

  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And a trip of 22 miles begins with a single explosion. Okay, not a single one, but you get the connection. The film, Mile 22 is an action-packed one that pulls lot of punches. While this could be fun and appealing to some…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE COTTON CLUB

  There are some things that are greater than the sum of their parts. And then there’s The Cotton Club. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1984 film boasts an amazing pedigree and the idea for the plot wasn’t a bad one. But this film tries to tackle too much and in doing so, becomes little more than…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON 5

  For the past few years viewers of Orange Is The New Black have enjoyed this show because it is a comedic look at the realities of prison life. Season five however, takes a slightly different turn. This is predominantly due to the brutal death of inmate, Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) in season four. The result…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: STRONGER

  Stronger is the second film to be released about the Boston Marathon bombing. While Patriot’s Day focused on the manhunt for the terrorists, Stronger is about the victims of the tragedy and one man’s story in particular. This film is ultimately an inspirational look at a man who was left a double amputee and how he rebuilt his life…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST

  Lionel Richie sang about the things that happened “All night long” but the film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist certainly got there. This is a pleasant little teen rom-com. It’s one that certainly has its moments and while it can be a bit predictable and one-track at times, it’s still enjoyable enough and just…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE CHAMBER

A lot of human behaviour is explained by the combination of nature vs. nurture. That is, the role of our DNA compared with the environment we are raised in. The Chamber is a film that focuses solely on the latter by examining a violent crime committed by a racist who comes from a family of bigots….

BLU-RAY REVIEW: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

  A film with a title like Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid was always going to be a strange beast. It’s a black and white parody that was made in 1982. It spoofs 1940s noir and detective films and it’s a collaboration between Steve Martin and Carl Reiner. It’s also a zany lot of weird, old…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: DETROIT

  Detroit depicts an ugly side of humanity. And what’s more staggering is that it is based on a particularly bleak chapter in American history. This docudrama is a brutal and observational traversal of the history books, which immerses the viewer square in the depths of the thick of it. The result is like a punch…