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Review: Slow West – “Precise, refreshing, unassuming and confident”

Review: Slow West – “Precise, refreshing, unassuming and confident”

Over the duration of Slow West, we meet Native Americans fleeing pursuers; elderly AfricanFrenchmen sing a “song about love”; A Scottish lad, who can also speak French and is played by an Australian actor, searches for his love; an Irish bounty hunter who is played by an actor of German-Irish descent searches for a fugitive; an Eastern European family...

Review: Straight Outta Compton

Review: Straight Outta Compton

Set in mid-1980s California, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ chronicles the emergence of N.W.A (Niggaz Wit’ Attitude) as the driving force behind Gangsta Rap becoming a recognised sub genre. In a time where the East Coast was dominating the rap scene, N.W.A emerged to give the West Coast a voice against police brutality and simultaneously to the people. The...

Review: Straight Outta Compton

Review: Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton looks at the origins of LA rap group NWA and its members, against the backdrop of police beatings and general unrest. The film has already met with controversy. Largely, this appears to be due to the film only telling a small part of the story. Yet, it’s a part that needed to be told because, though it’s dated by twenty years,...

Blu-Ray review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Blu-Ray review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Following the release of the remake last year, the original Charles B. Pierce 1976 cult classic, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, comes to Blu-Ray courtesy of Eureka Entertainment this August. Texarkana, a small town on the border of Texas and Arkansas. It’s 1946, and the war has just ended. Everyone is hopeful and optimistic, but the residents of...

Review: Ben & Jerry’s Big Ice screening

Review: Ben & Jerry’s Big Ice screening

Ice cream purveyors Ben and Jerry’s recently put on a sold out pop-up cinema event in Clapham Common, and Live for Films was there to bask in the sun, watch great movies, and eat far too much lovely free ice cream. For three days Ben & Jerry’s screened movies afternoon and night, and myself and Sarah Louise Dean dropped by on the Saturday for...

Blu-Ray review: Videodrome “Wanna try a few things?”

Blu-Ray review: Videodrome “Wanna try a few things?”

David Cronenberg’s seminal 1983 film Videodrome, has received the Arrow Video treatment, and the result is a dream compendium of a wonderful transfer of the film, an exhausting amount of extras, rare Cronenberg shorts, a 100-page hardback book, and even fittingly disgusting packaging. James Woods plays Max Renn – a television executive and buyer for...

Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – “utter, pure cool”

Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – “utter, pure cool”

Based on the cult sixties spy show of the same name, the big screen The Man from U.N.C.L.E. stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network), and is directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch). Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) also star, and the ranks are rounded out by some smatterings of Hugh Grant...

Review: Pixels – “Lazy, boring, unfunny and insulting”

Review: Pixels – “Lazy, boring, unfunny and insulting”

Pixels is based on a great short; is full of references to eighties music and video games; has a cast that includes Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, Jane Krakowski, Kevin James and Dan Aykroyd; and is directed by Chris Columbus. Unfortunately though, it is produced by, and stars, Adam Sandler – who, once comedy gold between 1995 and...

Review: Fantastic Four – “a severe regression for comic book hero movies.”

Review: Fantastic Four – “a severe regression for comic book hero movies.”

OK, so were any of us really twitching in our seats in anticipation for another telling of the Fantastic Four? After two disastrous outings starring Jessica Alba et al, it seems like – unless you are Marvel or making a Batman –  you’re doomed to fail. And doomed this project was. (If you wish to connect this as a loose pun to the film’s villain...

Review: Ruth & Alex (5 Flights Up)

Review: Ruth & Alex (5 Flights Up)

Discovering Morgan Freeman‘s presence in a film is like coming home. His smooth voice and low vowel sounds improve any project. Plus he makes for an excellent foil to high energy actors like Diane Keaton, equally loveable for different reasons, so I was looking forward to reviewing Ruth and Alex (or 5 Flights Up depending on where in the world you’re...