BLU-RAY REVIEW: LA BAMBA

  La Bamba is a big bopper. The film is a music bio about the late, great artist, Ritchie Valens, whose death has become known as the “Day the music died.” This film is a rather rose-tinted and fitting tribute to the golden child of rock ‘n’ roll music. This eighties film was written and…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: CLIFF RICHARD’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

  There aren’t many performers who can celebrate their diamond – AKA their 60th anniversary – in the business. But Sir Cliff Richard isn’t any old pop-star. The British artist has had top charting hits in every decade from the fifties to the naughties. His 60th anniversary concert celebrates this and allows Richard to doff…

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: 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: 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…