DVD REVIEW: OF MICE & MEN

  The world can be a cruel place, as Of Mice & Men shows. The film is a faithful adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novella. It isn’t the first time this was adapted for the screen and it may not be the last; but this taut, emotional film is one that grabs you by the scuff…

A Boy Named Charlie Brown/Snoopy Come Home 2 DVD Set Review

  He is one of the world’s most famous dogs and our oldest little boy. The beloved Snoopy and his hapless owner, Charlie Brown, were created by Charles M. Schulz almost seven decades ago. The two characters starred in the Peanuts films: A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy Come Home which are released together in…

DVD REVIEW: VANITY FAIR

  Shakespeare may have said that all the world’s a stage. In William Thackeray’s case it was all a game, at least for his character, Becky Sharp. The story has been adapted many times over the years and the latest mini-series is another fabulous romp through the classes. Think of The Great Gatsby in Regency England…

DVD REVIEW: TO CATCH A KILLER

  They say you should watch out for the quiet ones. The same thinking applies to a well-respected man named John Wayne Gacy. The guy was one of America’s most notorious serial killers. The biopic, To Catch a Killer is about how this arrogant, cold-blooded murderer was uncovered. This film was made in 1992 when…

FILM REVIEW: DISOBEDIENCE

  The Beatles sang that love was all you need. But what do you do if that passion is forbidden by your culture or religion? The dramatic film, Disobedience explores this idea. The result is a slow and heart-wrenching character study, which looks at the difficult point where love and faith intersect. This film marks the…

DVD REVIEW: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S CROOKED HOUSE

  We all know the story where the butler did it. But Agatha Christie’s Crooked House isn’t like that. Published in 1949, the novel was one of the author’s favourite stories. This is also a beautifully-shot period film. It’s an adaptation that leads you down the garden path and around the maze of an eccentric family’s country house….

DVD REVIEW: CAMILLE CLAUDEL

  Auguste Rodin and his muse and lover, Camille Claudel have inspired various bio-pics. Juliette Binoche starred as the titular character experiencing despair in Camille Claudel 1915. Vincent Lindon meanwhile, played the famous sculptor in Rodin. Camille Claudel is a detailed and uneven film examining her tortured relationship with the master artist. This 1988 French film was…

DVD REVIEW: MYSTERY ROAD

The secret’s out about the excellent drama/thriller series, Mystery Road. It’s actually a gripping, Australian detective story that sees the character, Jay Swan reprised from Ivan Sen’s films, Mystery Road and Goldstone. This time around the crime takes place in the small outback town of Patterson where the locals are elusive and tight-lipped about what is really going on. This makes…

DVD REVIEW: EVERY DAY

  If you were to take a soppy teen love story written by Nicholas Sparks and add a twist of body-snatching last seen in the likes of Freaky Friday then the result would be Every Day. The film is based on an average, everyday girl who falls in love with an extraordinary being named A. The result…