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…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: JASPER JONES

  When a young woman’s dead body is found by two boys their lives are irrevocably changed. This is the premise for Jasper Jones, an Australian story that borrows a few things from the classic book, To Kill A Mockingbird. The film is a beautifully-shot, family drama about small-town prejudices and lies. Jasper Jones was originally a…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS

John Lennon famously sang that “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” The film, Riding In Cars With Boys also touches on this same theme as it shows how the course of one young woman’s life is dramatically changed after she falls pregnant at the age of 15. The film is…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR

  Eddie Murphy is a chameleon actor. Never was this more apparent than in the film, The Nutty Professor. This comedy would see him playing seven different roles in a story that was a remake of the Jerry Lewis film from 1963. It is ultimately a fun, crude and vibrant tale. Professor Sherman Klump (Murphy)…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: BOWFINGER

  Bowfinger is a film where one man’s silly idea actually pays dividends. It’s a comedy written by and starring Steve Martin and is about a wannabe Hollywood producer who goes to some extreme lengths to create his magnum opus. What ensues is a wild and often funny ride through the glitz, glamour and gaucheness of…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: COLLATERAL BEAUTY

There are some things that are bigger than the sum of their parts. And then there’s Collateral Beauty. The film is one that tries to ask some important existential questions about the why and how of it all. But the reality is something that is far too contrived and all-over-the-shop to amount to anything more than…