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…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: SUBURBICON

  The idea that something may look picture perfect until you strip away at the veneer is hardly a new one. But at least when it’s been done before in films this was in order to reveal a sinister side to someone or something and it came with a hefty side of self-assurance. These were…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

The fourth wall is the imagined one separating actors from the audience. In Everything, Everything it feels like this is completely impenetrable. The main protagonist is a girl with an auto-immune disorder who has lived a life confined to her ultra-modern, sterilised house. The character seems like a nice-enough individual with a rich imagination but the…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: GIFTED

  Gifted is a film that asks some questions about how one should raise an exceptionally clever and talented child. Should the kid be pushed and have their abilities challenged in an environment where they may grow and excel or should they be simply allowed to be a “kid” and stay grounded? Gifted is ultimately a predictable…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RIVER

  River deep, mountain high. This song lyric could apply to the TV series River because it’s an ambitious crime show. It’s one that is made by the same production company as Broadchurch and it should impress fans of that crime drama. River is ultimately a thought-proving and complex series that will keep you guessing about its titular…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: INCEPTION

  Inception is one of those films that feels like a riddle, wrapped up in an enigma and smothered in rhyme. This ambitious and busy film is not one for the faint-hearted because it’s something that requires your full, undivided attention. The end result is something that is visually sumptuous and a delight for the eyes…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR 2: THE KLUMPS

  In Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Eddie Murphy has lost something and it isn’t Sherman Klump’s weight. It’s actually the charm and other things that made the first film so enjoyable. This unnecessary and unfunny sequel is one that dials up the gross-out gags and crude humour and this is at the expense of the…