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Mademoiselle by James-Masaki Ryan (27th September 2020)

"Mademoiselle" (1966) In a remote French village, a schoolteacher and city hall worker (played by Jeanne Moreau) may seem like a pure and upstanding citizen, but there is a shockingly darker side to her. She starts fires in barns, deliberately poisons the village animals, and even unleashes a flood. The townsfolk immediately set their suspicions on the Italian woodcutter Manou (played by Ettore Manni), who is temporarily living in the town with his son Bruno (played by Keith Skinner. Even though Manou is one that helps during the town during the various crises, the prejudice against the outsider is strong. But what is the mademoiselle's purpose for starting these troubles and what are the consequences? Woodfall Films was riding on a high wave of critical and commercial successes with works such as "Tom Jones" (1963) and "The Knack...and How to Get It" (1965) sweeping Oscars and ...


After the Fox by James-Masaki Ryan (22nd September 2020)

"After the Fox" (1966) $3 million worth of gold was stolen in Cairo by criminal mastermind Okra (played by Akim Tamiroff), but he doesn't have the resources to smuggle it into Europe. He contacts Aldo Vanucci (played by Peter Sellers), known as "The Fox" and is a master of disguise to hatch a plan and for the deal to be split fifty-fifty. Vanucci concocts a plan to start a fake movie company with his goons and his younger sister Gina (played by Britt Ekland), and also enlist over the hill but still recognizable American actor Tony Powell (played by Victor Mature) to play the lead. The plan is to produce a sequence in which local villagers move a shipful of gold onto shore while disguising the act as part of the film. Though there is no script, no one with technical knowledge of filmmaking on the team, and Powell's agent Harry (played by Martin Balsam) skeptical of the production, and the police around every corner, The Fox seems to al...


Pocketful of Miracles by James-Masaki Ryan (20th September 2020)

"Pocketful of Miracles" (1961) Dave the Dude (played by Glenn Ford) is a New York gangster who frequently buys apples from Annie (played by Bette Davis), a very poor and raggedy woman who sells apples on the streets. The apples always give Dave good luck, but some unfortunate news falls when Annie receives a letter from her long estranged daughter. Her daughter Louise (played by Ann-Margret) who Grew up in a convent in Spain since she was a baby, writes to her mother that she has become engaged to Carlos (played by Peter Mann), a Spanish aristocrat and they are planning to visit New York to introduce the families. For years through letters, Annie has pretended to be one of the upper class, ashamed to admit she was single, unmarried, poor, and had to give up her daughter. Annie's street friends as well as Dave's fiancee Queenie (played by Hope Lange urge Dave to use his power and strings to help Apple Annie become a resp...


Buster Keaton: Our Hospitality / Go West / College by Eric Cotenas (16th September 2020)

"Presented from stunning 4K restorations, The Masters of Cinema Series presents three more films by the great Buster Keaton in their UK debuts on Blu-ray." Go West: "Some people travel through life making friends wherever they go, while others—just travel" such as Friendless (Sherlock Jr.'s Buster Keaton) who is well on his way to becoming a hobo, pawning all of his worldly possessions for $1.65 and moving on from Indiana to New York where the hustle and bustle of the crowds nearly crushes him to death. Hopping another train, he decides to "go west" and an accident involving his sleeping quarters inside a potato barrel deposits him in the middle of nowhere Arizona. Stumbling onto the Diamond Bar Ranch, Friendless poses as a cowboy to get hired by the owner (Howard Truesdale) and repeatedly demonstrates his ineptitude milking cows, rounding up cattle, and even trying to get a square meal. Incurri...


Buster Keaton: Our Hospitality / Go West / College by Eric Cotenas (16th September 2020)

"Presented from stunning 4K restorations, The Masters of Cinema Series presents three more films by the great Buster Keaton in their UK debuts on Blu-ray." Go West: "Some people travel through life making friends wherever they go, while others—just travel" such as Friendless (Sherlock Jr.'s Buster Keaton) who is well on his way to becoming a hobo, pawning all of his worldly possessions for $1.65 and moving on from Indiana to New York where the hustle and bustle of the crowds nearly crushes him to death. Hopping another train, he decides to "go west" and an accident involving his sleeping quarters inside a potato barrel deposits him in the middle of nowhere Arizona. Stumbling onto the Diamond Bar Ranch, Friendless poses as a cowboy to get hired by the owner (Howard Truesdale) and repeatedly demonstrates his ineptitude milking cows, rounding up cattle, and even trying to get a square meal. Incurri...


Buster Keaton: Our Hospitality / Go West / College by Eric Cotenas (16th September 2020)

"Presented from stunning 4K restorations, The Masters of Cinema Series presents three more films by the great Buster Keaton in their UK debuts on Blu-ray." Go West: "Some people travel through life making friends wherever they go, while others—just travel" such as Friendless (Sherlock Jr.'s Buster Keaton) who is well on his way to becoming a hobo, pawning all of his worldly possessions for $1.65 and moving on from Indiana to New York where the hustle and bustle of the crowds nearly crushes him to death. Hopping another train, he decides to "go west" and an accident involving his sleeping quarters inside a potato barrel deposits him in the middle of nowhere Arizona. Stumbling onto the Diamond Bar Ranch, Friendless poses as a cowboy to get hired by the owner (Howard Truesdale) and repeatedly demonstrates his ineptitude milking cows, rounding up cattle, and even trying to get a square meal. Incurri...


Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Arkestra: Space Is the Place by James-Masaki Ryan (13th September 2020)

"Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Arkestra: Space Is the Place" (1974) Jazz musician Sun Ra (played by Sun Ra) and his band The Arkestra have been away from Earth for a few years. Returning to Earth on their spacecraft, Sun Ra gives an important message for humans: that there is a chance for peace and salvation, by joining him on an intergalactic journey to a planet in which he has found to be habitable. Using his communication methods as a musician along with his band, it is their mission to spread the message though music and spirituality. While there are people that become eager to follow, there are skeptics from media and also the folks at NASA. Will the band be able to save mankind, or are there other heavier stakes at play in the grand scheme? Born on May 22nd, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama with the name Herman Poole Blount, jazz pianist and keyboardist Sun Ra claimed that he was from the planet Saturn, and his mission was to promote peace through music around the world. Musically, his works have been far from the mainstream in style and substance, playing against traditional jazz and creating his own unique take. Whil...


Trilogy of Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini by James-Masaki Ryan (6th September 2020)

"The Decameron" ("Il Decameron") (1971) "The Canterbury Tales" ("I racconti di Canterbury") (1972) "Arabian Nights" ("Il fiore delle mille e una notte") (1974) By the time filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini started work on his "Trilogy of Life" in the early 1970s, he was already known as a controversial figure in the world of art. Challenging religion, politics, sex, and social conventions through his works as a writer in poetry, novels and his works in cinema, each work caused an uproar the censors, the churches, and the Italian government, though progressive artists, critics, and the international cinema circuit saw his works as art through acclaim. With the "Trilogy of Life", three adaptations of classics in literature were adapted - "The Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio, "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer, and "One Thousand and One Nights". The three were anthologies of stories from different cultures and different time periods. "The Decameron" was a collection of comical Italian stories, fi...


Trilogy of Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini by James-Masaki Ryan (6th September 2020)

"The Decameron" ("Il Decameron") (1971) "The Canterbury Tales" ("I racconti di Canterbury") (1972) "Arabian Nights" ("Il fiore delle mille e una notte") (1974) By the time filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini started work on his "Trilogy of Life" in the early 1970s, he was already known as a controversial figure in the world of art. Challenging religion, politics, sex, and social conventions through his works as a writer in poetry, novels and his works in cinema, each work caused an uproar the censors, the churches, and the Italian government, though progressive artists, critics, and the international cinema circuit saw his works as art through acclaim. With the "Trilogy of Life", three adaptations of classics in literature were adapted - "The Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio, "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer, and "One Thousand and One Nights". The three were anthologies of stories from different cultures and different time periods. "The Decameron" was a collection of comical Italian stories, fi...


Trilogy of Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini by James-Masaki Ryan (6th September 2020)

"The Decameron" ("Il Decameron") (1971) "The Canterbury Tales" ("I racconti di Canterbury") (1972) "Arabian Nights" ("Il fiore delle mille e una notte") (1974) By the time filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini started work on his "Trilogy of Life" in the early 1970s, he was already known as a controversial figure in the world of art. Challenging religion, politics, sex, and social conventions through his works as a writer in poetry, novels and his works in cinema, each work caused an uproar the censors, the churches, and the Italian government, though progressive artists, critics, and the international cinema circuit saw his works as art through acclaim. With the "Trilogy of Life", three adaptations of classics in literature were adapted - "The Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio, "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer, and "One Thousand and One Nights". The three were anthologies of stories from different cultures and different time periods. "The Decameron" was a collection of comical Italian stories, fi...


The Man Who Laughs by Eric Cotenas (1st September 2020)

During the rule of England's King James II (Sam De Grasse), rebel Lord Clancharlie surrenders for the sake of his son only to learn that the king – with the help of his sadistic jester Barkilphedro (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's Brandon Hurst) – has had young Gwynplaine's (Julius Molnar) face surgically mutilated by gypsy freakmaker comprachicos into a horrific grin to mock the fate of his father who is consigned to the iron maiden. After the comprachicos have served their purpose, King James issues a decree to order the gypsies out of the country. Comprachico surgeon Dr. Hardquannone (Uncle Tom's Cabin's George Siegmann) sees money to be made in young Gwynplaine's features but his cohorts do not want the boy as evidence of their crimes wherever they next settle. Gwynplaine braves the elements and rescues a chi...


Retaliation by Eric Cotenas (1st September 2020)

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. The only thing demolition worker Malky (Kingdom of Heaven's Orlando Bloom) trusts are his own hands, hands which take a particular satisfaction in knocking down St. Michael's church with a sledgehammer, hands which caress his on-and-off girlfriend Emma (Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead's Janet Montgomery), and hands which do self-harm to the armor of muscle and tattoo he has erected over his soul; that is, until one night he catches sight in his local hangout of the priest who abused him as a child. His mother (Hot Fuzz's ...


THE ALCHEMIST CODE: The Movie - Essential for Alchemist Edition by James-Masaki Ryan (30th August 2020)

"THE ALCHEMIST CODE: The Movie" 「劇場版 誰ガ為のアルケミスト」 (2019) The ancient dark dragon Destrolurk has wrapped itself around the great Tower of Babel, devouring light and spreading darkness throughout the world. As it engulfed both the tower and the Grand Excelsior, it has effectively sealed magic, making heroes with the power of alchemy to become powerless, as Alchemia has been sealed from the good. Mechanical giants known as Dark Demons are controlled by Destrolurk and are set out to destroy all that are in the way. Many heroes fall in the first raid, and the ones that survive must flee rather than fight on. Lisbeth (played by Ai Furuhata) and Edgar (played by Ryota Osaka) try to summon a Phantom Soldier that could help in the struggle, but they somehow instead summon an average teenage girl from another world. Kasumi (played by Inori Minase) is a girl from Earth - from Tokyo, Japan to be precise, who is not particularl...


An Ideal Place to Kill by Robert Segedy (30th August 2020)

Umberto Lenzi was a phenomenally successful director of various genres of films, however Lenzi was known for much more than just cranking out slasher films. He also directed the comic strip influenced "Kriminal" (1966); he also made some of the earliest Italian-made Euro-spy films like "The Spy Who Loved Flowers" (1966), and he helped usher in the ever popular Italian cannibal cycle of films as well with "Man from Deep River" (1972). Lenzi dabbled in many types of genre bending films and he was extremely productive in the 60’s and 70’s. The Italian genre of Giallo films is usually loaded with trademark icons: black gloved hands usually holding a straight razor, a high body count, JB Scotch, questionable scripts, red herrings, etc. but Lenzi took this stereotypical iconography and threw them out the widow by directing a film that pushed the boundaries of the Giallo into a new and different direction. Is it successful you ask? I am still on the fence regarding whether or not I agree, but let’s take a closer look at "An Ideal Place to Kill" and see what develops. That happy bopping music on the soundtrack is the title track “How Can You Live Your Life” by II Leon and we will hear m...


Blood Games by Anthony Arrigo (30th August 2020)

A posse of riled up rednecks takes on a squad of supermodel stunt women in director Tanya Rosenberg’s “Blood Games” (1990), a movie that both leans-into and fights against the concept of women being little more than eye candy for the sleaze-core crowd. The novel plot is backed up by a surprisingly adept feature – not that this thing is going to bowl anyone over with unexpected high quality – but the story is fairly engaging, the performances (at least the guys) are ridiculous enough to work, and there are several sequences and shots that appear some artistic attempts were made. Throw in a fantastic keyboard-heavy, patently lo-fi soundtrack and the result is a picture that straddles the line between 80's survivalist films and 90's t&a thrillers. It’s the Battle of the Sexes, as “Babe & The Ball Girls”, led by the lady herself, Babe (Laura Albert), takes on a ragtag group of hillbilly halfwits who spend more time ogling the ladies and their barely-there attire than trying to win the game. The guys spend the other half harassing the women in every way imaginable – including physical violence. These dudes can’t imagine losing to women...


L'Innocente by Eric Cotenas (29th August 2020)

David (Best Music): Franco Mannino (winner) - David di Donatello Awards, 1976 Aristocratic Tullio (Swept Away's Giancarlo Giannini) and Giuliana (Simona's Laura Antonelli) have long lived a marriage of convenience, with Tullio repeatedly testing their relationship as "friends" with his affairs; none have been as serious, however, as his infatuation or obsession with widowed Countess Teresa Raffo (The Summer of '42's Jennifer O'Neill). When Teresa bristles at Tullio's reluctance to be too affectionate with her in the presence of his wife, she baits him by entertaining the interest of older Count Egano (Last Tango in Paris' ...


Tenderness by Eric Cotenas (29th August 2020)

After a violent fight with his father that he cannot recall – as indifferently reported by his mother – twenty-year-old Simon (Géza Benkõ) leaves the family's rural farm and flees to Bratislava where he takes a room and spends his days studying English or anatomical texts without any evidence of pursuing a formal education. One night in an otherwise empty hotel restaurant, he makes the acquaintance of older couple Viktor (György Cserhalmi) and Mária (Dekalog's Maria Pakulnis) by way of the latter flirting with him on a dare from her partner. They invite him back to their apartment where Viktor humiliates Mária by showing Simon a home move of a camping trip in which he catches her nude in a shower, culminating in Mária yelling at Viktor and striking Simon for watching the film. Simon feels the dysfunctional couple only to find them waiting for him on his doorstep the next day when he returns from jogging. As he becomes a third wheel on various excursion...


The Naked Wanderer by James-Masaki Ryan (23rd August 2020)

"The Naked Wanderer" (2019) Jake (played by Angus McLaren) is an extremely postiive guy in a seemingly happy relationship with Jasmine (played by Megan Smart), but when he proposes to her in the middle of the beautiful ocean, she confesses she couldn't stand his constant happiness and wanted to break up with him. For the first time, Jake feels unhappy and lost in his way, losing his girlfriend and also losing his job, where her father was his boss. In a way to get her back, he and his roommate Cameron (played by Callan Durlik) come up with an idea to walk 2,500km across Western Australia, as a charity stunt, sponsored by Cameron's millionaire uncle Brian (played by John Cleese) and covered by the media. The catch for the eyes though by the uncle is that Jake must be naked, wearing just a loincloth in his travel. Jake meets various people along the way, including Valerie Natasha Liu Bordizzo) who immediately steals his h...


Thir13en Ghosts: Collector's Edition by Anthony Arrigo (22nd August 2020)

Following up on their auspicious debut remake of a William Castle property, “House on Haunted Hill” (1999), Dark Castle Entertainment went back to the well of its namesake and decided upon updating the 1960 chiller "13 Ghosts" which like many of Castle’s pictures during that time had a novelty gimmick to draw in audiences. Presented in “Illusion-O”, viewers were given special glasses that had red and blue filters - the former would amplify the ghosts on screen while the latter would cause them to (kinda) disappear. Sounds like a lot of work but, hell, I would have gone to see the show for the novelty alone. What isn’t quite as entertaining is the remake, going by the stupidly stylized title of “Thir13en Ghosts” (2001). I remember catching this in theaters and finding it to be a decent horror film but then I’ll also admit to not having the best taste in those days. It had been at least 15 years since I last saw the film and if you’re also in a similar boat let me say that while it doesn’t hold up very well there are some strong aspects to the production that keep it...


Tales from the Darkside: The Movie: Collector's Edition by Anthony Arrigo (22nd August 2020)

When two of the biggest names in horror – George A. Romero and Stephen King – collaborated on a film the resulting picture became a legitimate classic, “Creepshow” (1982), and its sequel, “Creepshow 2” (1987), went on to become a cult favorite. Fans lamented a proper third entry never materialized but the thing is… it kinda did. Although “Tales from the Darkside: The Movie” (1990) is ostensibly based on the television series of the same name it has more in common with the previous anthologies shepherded by Romero and King. Frequenter Romero composer John Harrison stepped behind the camera (and the keyboard), handling directing and composing duties while Romero and Michael McDowell scripted stories generated by King and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was a murderer’s row of horror talent. The wraparound concerns a seemingly typical housewife (Deborah Harry) preparing for a dinner party… only her main course is a young boy, Timmy (...


Pool of London by Robert Segedy (22nd August 2020)

This film was a new one to me, but after viewing it, I am now an enthralled fan for this British Noir. Filmed for Ealing Studios in 1951, this is Noir light with moments of romance and some comedy mixed into the engaging plot, but it should be noted for being the first on screen inter-racial relationship in a British film. Screenwriters Jack Whittingham and John Eldridge should be commended for creating a plot that features point on characters as well as some suspenseful moments that are edge of the seat sequences that feature on location areas in London. Director Basil Dearden surely demonstrates that he was a masterful technician and his resume is impressive; "The Blue Lamp" (1950), "Violent Playground" (1958), and "Sapphire" (1959). This is an early example of the classic heist film that will evolve from this groundbreaking example, producing films such as "Rififi" (1955) all the way up to present day offerings such as Steven Soderbergh’s "Ocean’s" series (2001-2007) and countl...


Confidence by Eric Cotenas (20th August 2020)

Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film): Hungary (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1981 Interfilm Award - Special Recommendation (Competition): István Szabó (winner), Silver Berlin Bear (Best Director): István Szabó (winner), and Golden Berlin Bear: István Szabó (nominated) - Berlin International Film Festival, 1980 During the 1944 Nazi occupation of Hungary, a young woman (Meeting Venus's Ildikó Bánsági) learns abruptly that her husband (Requiem's Lajos Balázsovits) is part of a underground revolutionary group and has had to go into hiding. She is told that she too must go underground and is given a new identity as Kata, wife of the similarly pseudonymous Janos Biro (...


Equus by James-Masaki Ryan (16th August 2020)

"Equus" (1977) Psychiatrist Martin Dysart (played by Richard Burton) is given a new assignment to treat a teenage boy Alan (played by Peter Firth) that has committed a horrendous crime of blinding six horses in a stable he was working at. Even with no prior history of violent or delinquent behavior, the boy seems mentally disturbed when first brought to Dysart's office, not complying and not listening at all to the doctor. After slowing gaining trust between each other, Alan comes forth with his past, his family, and his love for horses to Dysart, and the talks piece together an odd and disturbing look at the boy's mental state, filled with repressed emotions, mental conflict, and confusion in sexual awakening. Writer Paul Schaffer's 1973 stage play ran for lengthy periods at the National Theatre in the UK and in Broadway in America to high acclaim from critics and audiences, winning multiple awards including Tonys for Best Play and Best Direction. The minimal show was sparse in stage props, relying on the light, spa...


Yentl by James-Masaki Ryan (10th August 2020)

"Yentl" (1983) Yentl (played by Barbra Streisand) lives in a small Polish village at the turn of the twentieth century. 28 years old and unmarried, she takes care of her scholarly father (played by Nehemiah Persoff) who teaches the holy text of the Talmud to the youth. Though reading and studying the Talmud is forbidden for women, Yentl was taught by her father over the years in secret, and therefore her knowledge and actions are more independent than other Jewish women of her village. But after her father's death, she makes the bold decision to leave town for good, and to make way to enter a Yeshiva to further her studies. As women cannot be accepted, she cuts her hair, dresses as a man, and chooses the name "Anshel" to disguise herself. Along the way, she meets Avigdor (played by Mandy Patinkin), a fellow student that has the same drive of learning the holy text as she does. He is the first male that Yentl has encountered that made her have strong feelings of love, but there is no way that she can reveal her secret to...


Calcutta by Eric Cotenas (5th August 2020)

Flying the transport route over the between Chungking and Calcutta over the Himalayas is a job for the hardest of hard men, men like Neale Gordon (Shane's Alan Ladd), his partner Pedro Blake (Lifeboat's William Bendix), and their buddy Bill Cunningham (Fog Island's John Whitney) who only have time for women who are not clingy; that is, until Bill announces that he is getting married to pretty young American Virginia Moore (The Uninvited's Gail Russell). Neale, who keeps Calcutta nightclub singer Marina Tanev (And Then There Were None's ...


The Good Die Young by James-Masaki Ryan (1st August 2020)

"The Good Die Young" (1954) Joe (played by Richard Basehart) is an American that who flies to Britain to try to get his British wife Mary (played by Joan Collins) to return home with him. She is stuck there because of her mentally unstable mother (played by Freeda Jackson) who is continuously putting her on a guilt trip for leaving her and moving to America with an American husband. Joe had risked his job to make the trip and with the trip becoming longer than anticipated, so are his funds to be able to return home with his wife. Mike (played by Stanley Baker) is a boxer that is looking to retire from the game so he can live a settled down life with his wife Angela (played by Rene Ray). But complications arise with Mike having to have his hand amputated from complications from injuries and gangrene as well as Angela's younger brother Dave (played by James Kenney) get...


CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel by Eric Cotenas (31st July 2020)

Despite its title, CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel is not the physical search for the the Czech New Wave director of the Academy Award-winning Closely Watched Trains, the film that so inspired director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur (Celluloid Man) years previously in film school; indeed, the quest to find and interview Menzel took a year out of this entire seven-years-in-the-making enterprise. The real search of this eight hour documentary is the contextualization of that influential film within the career of its director, within the phenomenon of the Czech New Wave as defined by insiders and outsiders – among the latter Woody Allen, Emir Kusturica, Ken Loach, István Szabó


The Guinea Pig by James-Masaki Ryan (26th July 2020)

“The Guinea Pig” (1948) Note that “Public Schools” in the United Kingdom does not have the same meaning as it does in the United States. In the UK, public schools are what Americans would define as private schools, where there is a costly tuition fee, rather than the American English term “public school” meaning free schools funded and operated by the government. This review refers to “public schools” in the British English term. A new social experiment is implemented by the postwar English Board of Education to integrate children from less fortunate families into public schools to see if a socially higher form of education would benefit the country’s children. Jack Read (played by Richard Attenborough) is a 14 year old son of a local tobacconist that gets the special scholarship to enroll in the prestigious Saintbury School, though trouble would attract very quickly. Headmaster Hartley (played by Cecil Trouncer) is not particularly pleased with the decision to enroll Read into his school and Jack’s peers are even less forgiving, constantly trying to bully him...


Inferno of Torture AKA Tokugawa irezumi-shi: Seme jigoku (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (25th July 2020)

Inferno of Torture (Ishii Teruo, 1969) Synopsis: In order to pay off a debt, sexually-inexperienced Yumi (Katayama Yumiko) is press-ganged into working as a geisha in a brothel run by cruel pimp Samejima (Tanaka Haruo) and his partner, the brothel’s madam, Otatsu (Fujimoto Mieko). Yumi is horrified at the sexual depravities she witnesses clients (and Samejima and Otatsu) enacting against the prostitutes in the brothel – from rope bondage to cruel beatings. The girls are kept in line by a brutal enforcer, Genzo (Hayashi Shin’ichiro). The death of prized tattooist Horigoro’s leaves a void, which is compounded by an impending tattoo competition that is to be judged by the Shogun. Young tattooist Horihide (Yoshida Teruo), whose tattoos are filled with beauty and wonder, is set against Horitatsu (Koike Asao). Horitatsu’s tattoos contain depictions of death and decay. Horihide chooses Yumi’s untattooed body as his canvas, and Yumi and Horihide grow closer. However, Horitatsu abducts Yumi and ‘taints’ her body with one of his dark creations. Horihide has a plan, and draws over Horitatsu’s creation another, more splendid tat...


The Paleface by Eric Cotenas (19th July 2020)

A group of bandits bust Calamity Jane (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes's Jane Russell) out of jail, but this is no altruistic act since Governor Johnson (The Man They Could Not Hang's Charles Trowbridge) and Commissioner of Indian Affairs Emerson (Road to Rio's Stanley Andrews) – along with his trigger-happy secretary Mr. Martin (Little Lord Fauntleroy's Jackie Searl) – need an experienced yet expendable agent to join attorney Hunter in Fort Deerfield to pose as a married couple to join a wagon train and sniff out the "white renegades" who have been selling arms to Chief Yellowfeather (...


TECHNICAL REVIEWS
Crown Vic AKA Bulletproof by Rick Curzon (23rd September 2020)

An intense, gritty and riveting crime thriller following two LAPD officers as they hunt down two cop killers on the loose, in a city about to boil over. Training Day meets End of Watch, Bulletproof is a brutal look at the extreme danger and unthinkable sacrifices police officers face when they commit to serve and protect the public. Starring Thomas Jane (The Mist) and Luke Kleintank (The Man in the High Castle)....


I, Monster (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (20th September 2020)

Horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing team up once again for an Amicus take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Lee occupying the role of the scientist and his deadly alter ego. Directed by Stephen Weeks, making his first feature aged twenty-two, I, Monster presents an inventive take on an iconic tale....


Krabi, 2562 (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (19th September 2020)

In the town of Krabi, a popular tourist destination in southern Thailand, the pre-historic, the recent past and the contemporary capitalist world awkwardly collide. The town’s local folklore and histories are promoted as attractions to tourists and commercial filmmakers, while the traditional labour force is muted and hidden from the tourists’ eyes. A nameless character, whose identity continually changes, explores various sites and meets people that capture Krabi in its current state. As fact and fiction merge, the mysterious woman slowly disappears into the fabric of the narrative, and time slips between ancient and modern. A dreamlike mystery, uncovering layers of Krabi to understand how humans change a landscape....


Driver (The) by Rick Curzon (19th September 2020)

After a plague of the undead decimates human life on Earth, a former hit man (Mark Dacascos, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum), his wife and daughter live quietly in a survivalist compound. But when the compound is attacked, a massive explosion summons a swarm of the undead, and only Bree and her father escape. As they seek out the Haven - a rumoured sanctuary up north - the hit man teaches Bree to shoot, drive and survive, sensing his time is running out....


Mortal by Rick Curzon (16th September 2020)

Chronicle meets X-Men meets Thor; Mortal is a fantasy adventure epic from the director of Troll Hunter and starring The Fault In Our Star’s Nat Wolff. Based on ancient Norse Mythology, a young boy must discover the origins of his extraordinary powers before he is captured by authorities hell-bent on condemning him for an accidental murder. A breath-taking and thrilling origins adventure story about one boys journey to uncover who, or what, he really is....


Burden by (6th August 2020)

From Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club), Burden is the shocking, thought-provoking and moving true story of disavowed South Carolina Klansman Mike Burden. When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker) resolves to do everything in his power to prevent long-simmering racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy's congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother (Andrea Riseborough) and a high-school friend (Usher Raymond) force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs....


Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot by Rick Curzon (6th August 2020)

A tale of power, betrayal, lust and revenge, ARTHUR & MERLIN: KNIGHTS OF CAMELOT tells of a man battling to fulfil his destiny to become the King his nation needs. Starring Game of Thrones legend, Richard Brake. The year 463 AD. England is a land divided. A land in need of a legend. King Arthur has been absent for five long years, fighting a war abroad that has stricken his knights, left his throne defenceless and his queen at the mercy of Modred, his illegitimate son. He must return home fast, facing dark and dangerous threats from all sides. But as he fights to preserve Camelot and all that he holds dear, the toughest conflict will be with himself. Guided by the legendary wizard Merlin, Arthur must strive to become the king that his nation needs. It is the story of a legend, before the legend was told....


Rainy Day in New York (A) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (31st July 2020)

Woody Allen s romantic comedy A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK tells the story of college sweethearts, Gatsby (Timothe e Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Elle Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend together in New York City are dashed as quickly as the sunlight turns into showers. The two are soon parted, and each has a series of chance meetings and comical adventures while on their own....


Woman in Black (The) (TV) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (28th July 2020)

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent in to settle her estate. Following cryptic warnings from the locals regarding the terrifying history of the old woman's house, he very soon begins to see visions of a menacing woman in black... Atmospherically directed by BAFTA-nominated Herbert Wise and starring Adrian Rawlins as the unfortunate young solicitor and Pauline Moran as the terrifying revenant, this unsettling drama remains a high watermark for ghost story adaptations on British television and still retains its significant potential to shock. Unseen for decades, Nigel Kneale's chilling adaptation of Susan Hill's best-selling novel has been painstakingly restored in High Definition by Network's award-winning in-house Restoration Team from original film elements for this long-awaited release....


Story of a Love Affair AKA Cronaca di un amore AKA Chronicle of a Love (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (20th July 2020)

Antonioni is one of the most influential filmmakers of all times, indeed critics revere him as the creator of Modern Cinema. His STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR, aka Cronaca di un Amore, is his first feature film, a Noir thriller with sensual themes of yearning and jealousy. It is considered a masterpiece by Scorsese, among others. Paola (Lucia Bosè) is a strikingly beautiful young woman married to a rich older industrialist who decides to have her past investigated. The detective s enquiry reaches Paola s former lover, Guido, prompting him to seek her after seven years, and they reignite their passion. Antonioni, who defined cool modernism on screen, chronicles the love affair, observing without judgement. His ground-breaking techniques - such as the long one-take sequence, later adopted by cinema greats - and scintillating B&W photography are presented here in HD for the 1st time, from a painstaking 2K restoration, finally doing justice to the director s masterpiece....


Survive the Night AKA The Long Night by Rick Curz (8th July 2020)

Screen legend Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise) drives the action in this gripping home-invasion thriller. After two brothers commit a robbery that goes wrong, one of them, Mathias, is mortally wounded, forcing sibling Jamie to stalk a trauma doctor named Rich (Chad Michael Murray, "One Tree Hill") from the hospital to his home. While holding Rich’s wife and daughter hostage, Jamie forces Rich to operate on Mathias. For the family to survive the night, Rich must team up with his estranged tough-as-nails father, retired sheriff Frank (Willis), in order to gain the upper hand and turn the tables on the criminals....


Inheritance by Rick Curzon (8th July 2020)

INHERITANCE is a nightmarish dive into the deepest and darkest secrets of New York's elite. Breakout British actress Lily Collins is armed and dangerous in this high-stakes thriller also starring Simon Pegg as you have never seen him before. The film follows a young ambitious lawyer (Lily Collins: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) whose perfect life falls off the tracks following the death of her hedge fund tycoon father. Lauren is left with a shocking secret inheritance that will threaten to unravel and destroy their lives....


Valhalla AKA Valhalla: Legend of Thor by Rick Curzon (3rd July 2020)

No man, woman or child may defy the gods. When Thor and Loki seek refuge in the home of mortals, the youngest son fails to heed a warning from the gods. As atonement for the family's sins, the gods take the two youngest children under their wing and embark on an epic adventure from Midgard to Valhalla that will see them stare down ruthless giants, barbaric gods and the dreaded wolf Fenrir. Ragnarok is coming......


Arkansas by Rick Curzon (2nd July 2020)

In Clark Duke’s directorial debut, Kyle (Liam Hemsworth) and Swin (Clark Duke) live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin named Frog (Vince Vaughn), whom they’ve never met. Posing as junior park rangers by day, they operate as low-level drug couriers by night under the watchful eye of Frog’s proxies (John Malkovich and Vivica A. Fox). Swin settles into his day job by taking up a relationship with Johnna (Eden Brolin) against orders to blend in, while Kyle continues to question his night job by trying to figure out who Frog really is. Their world is then upended after one too many inept decisions, and Kyle, Swin, and Johnna find themselves directly in Frog’s crosshairs, who mistakenly sees them as a threat to his empire. Based on John Brandon’s best-selling novel of the same name, Arkansas weaves together three decades of Deep South drug trafficking to explore the cycle of violence that turns young men into criminals, and old men into legends....


Spy (The) AKA Spionen by Rick Curzon (19th June 2020)

A pacey, simmering and compelling WWII drama Set in Stockholm, 1941 following an actress who has been enlisted by the Swedish security service, and tasked with the mission of infiltrating the Nazis in Oslo. But when she starts falling for a German officer she has been ordered to seduce the murky field of love, double crossing and espionage becomes fatal. The SPY explores the murky field of love, espionage and double crossing....


Armour of God II: Operation Condor AKA Fei ying gai wak AKA Operation Eagle AKA Project Eagle (Blu-r by Rick Curzon (18th June 2020)

The Asian Hawk is back! Undeterred by nearly dying while making the first Armour of God, Jackie Chan returned to battle for a sequel that's bigger, better and even more daring. This time, Jackie's intrepid treasure hunter is on the hunt for some Nazi gold but recovering it will not be easy, let alone safe. The most expensive Hong Kong film produced at that time, Armour of God II: Operation Condor showcases some of Jackie's best stunts and action, building up to an epic climax that will blow you off your feet. The black belts at 88 Films are thrilled to present the UK Blu-Ray premier – uncut! – of this great fan favourite....


Beyond Darkness AKA La Casa 5 (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (17th June 2020)

When a man of God and his loving family move into a new house, they think they've found the perfect home … until they discover that their new digs were once the location where a coven of witches were burned at the stake! It's only a matter of time before the radio starts blaring satanic chants and the cutlery takes on a mind of its own. Will the awakened evil in this house have its final revenge, or can a plucky priest fend off what lurks Beyond Darkness? This tale of terror comes from Claudio Fragasso, the director of Troll 2 (so you KNOW it's good!)....


Witchery AKA La Casa 4 AKA Witchcraft (Evil Encounters) AKA Ghosthouse II (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (16th June 2020)

Starring The Exorcist’s Linda Blair and Knight Rider’s David Hasselhoff … director Fabrizio Laurenti (Crawlers) brings you a creepy tale of terror, witchcraft and sacrifice. When pregnant Jane (Linda Blair) and her family visit a secluded island to check out a proposed real estate deal, things start to go wrong when they come across two trespassers, supernatural expert Leslie and her boyfriend Gary (David Hasselhoff). Forced to spend the night in a dilapidated house, the group are soon plunged into a nightmare of death and destruction at the hands of the powerful and mysterious Lady in Black (Hildegard Knef). La Casa / Witchery / Witchcraft is a carnage fuelled splatter fest, a rabid romp incorporating hauntings, possession and unexpected twists and turns. An entertainingly rare find from video store hay day of Italian made scary movies, it will delight fans of late 80s horror, a weird and wonderful necessity for the cult collector....


Force 10 from Navarone (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th June 2020)

Robert Shaw (Young Winston), Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Barbara Bach (Short Night of the Glass Dolls) and Edward Fox (The Day of the Jackal) star alongside Carl Weathers (Rocky), Richard Kiel (Moonraker) and Franco Nero (Django) in this star-studded high adventure. Directed with an assured hand by Bond veteran Guy Hamilton (Battle of Britain), this rip-roaring adaptation of Alistair MacLean’s follow-up to the classic The Guns of Navarone sees the elite cadre of commandos embark on a secret mission deep in the Yugoslavian wilderness, during the darkest days of World War II....


Britannia Hospital (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (7th June 2020)

The concluding instalment in Lindsay Anderson’s Mick Travis trilogy, following If.... and O Lucky Man!, Britannia Hospital finds the filmmaker casting a sourly satirical eye over Thatcher’s Britain. With a phenomenal cast at his disposal – everyone from Alan Bates (Georgy Girl) and Joan Plowright (Time Without Pity) to Robin Askwith (Confessions of a Window Cleaner) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) to Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) reprising the role of Travis – Anderson trains his sights on royalty, trade unions, the media, and scientific research in typically uncompromising fashion....


Viy 2 AKA Viy 2: Journey to China AKA Tayna pechati drakona AKA The Iron Mask AKA The Mystery of th by Rick Curzon (5th June 2020)

The Iron Mask sees action legends Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up in a high concept fantasy historical epic featuring breath-taking fights and stunning visuals. Set in the 18th century, The Iron Mask follows English traveller Jonathan Green as he journeys from Russia to China encountering dragons, black magic wizardry and a dragon king during an incredible but deadly adventure. The action adventure also stars Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng and Rutger Hauer....


Beast Must Die (The) AKA Black Werewolf (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (5th June 2020)

Calvin Lockhart (A Dandy in Aspic) and Marlene Clark (Ganja & Hess) have invited a disparate group of guests, including Peter Cushing (Corruption), Michael Gambon (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) and Charles Gray (The Legacy), to their mansion in the English countryside. He believes one of them is a werewolf… and, before the weekend is out, he’ll find out who it is! The last of Amicus’ famed horror productions, The Beast Must Die combines the country-house whodunnit with the werewolf shocker and adds a dash of blaxploitation for good measure....


Robert the Bruce (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (27th May 2020)

Robert the Bruce is a hard-hitting historical epic covering the turbulent time after William Wallace’s victories depicted in Braveheart. Scotland 1306, Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen: Braveheart) crowns himself King and takes the ambition of Scotland’s freedom as his own. But he cannot overcome England’s power: defeated again and again, his army is scattered and Scotland’s nobility abandons him. Hunted, with a price on his head, he finds himself alone and wounded. The cause of freedom seems lost once more. Hidden secretly in a secluded croft of a clan pledged to England, and close to death Robert is nursed back to life by a young widow and her orphaned children. His determination to do what is right, regardless of the cost, reinvigorates his passion to rise again. But it’s not revenge he desires. It’s freedom. Now. Also starring Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones) Anna Hutchinson (Cabin in the Woods), Jared Harris (The Crown), Zach McGowan (Black Sails, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Emma Kenney (Shameless) and featuring original music from Scottish national treasure, Lulu. Robert the Bruce picks up where Braveheart left off in a thrilling, brutal and ...


Robert the Bruce by Rick Curzon (27th May 2020)

Robert the Bruce is a hard-hitting historical epic covering the turbulent time after William Wallace’s victories depicted in Braveheart. Scotland 1306, Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen: Braveheart) crowns himself King and takes the ambition of Scotland’s freedom as his own. But he cannot overcome England’s power: defeated again and again, his army is scattered and Scotland’s nobility abandons him. Hunted, with a price on his head, he finds himself alone and wounded. The cause of freedom seems lost once more. Hidden secretly in a secluded croft of a clan pledged to England, and close to death Robert is nursed back to life by a young widow and her orphaned children. His determination to do what is right, regardless of the cost, reinvigorates his passion to rise again. But it’s not revenge he desires. It’s freedom. Now. Also starring Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones) Anna Hutchinson (Cabin in the Woods), Jared Harris (The Crown), Zach McGowan (Black Sails, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Emma Kenney (Shameless) and featuring original music from Scottish national treasure, Lulu. Robert the Bruce picks up where Braveheart left off in a thrilling, brutal and ...


Come to Daddy by Rick Curzon (22nd May 2020)

Come to Daddy is a critically acclaimed and super entertaining genre-bending horror comedy that will leave you shocked and in hysterics. Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) stars in this wild and dark comedy. After thirty years of no contact, Norval (Wood) visits his estranged father (Stephen McHattie, Watchmen) at his remote cabin by the sea. He quickly discovers that not only is his dad a disapproving alcoholic, he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. This future cult classic also stars Michael Smiley (Kill List) and Garfield Wilson (The Man in the High Castle). From the producers of The VVitch and World War Z....


Line of Duty AKA In the Line of Duty by Rick Curzon (21st May 2020)

Buckle up for intense against-the-clock action as Aaron Eckhart stars in the explosive real-time thriller In the Line of Duty, from the producers of John Wick and Sicario. The film finds disgraced cop Frank Penny (Aaron Eckhart: The Dark Knight) on a rogue mission of redemption to find the Chief of Police's (Giancarlo Esposito: Breaking Bad) abducted daughter. With the girl's chances of survival already slim, Penny makes a fatal mistake and kills the twisted abductor, eliminating their only lead as to the girl's whereabouts. Now joined by ambitious reporter Ava (Courtney Eaton) who is live streaming the search, all hell breaks loose when the dead abductor's brother (Ben McKenzie: Gotham) arrives on the scene with a bloody thirst for revenge ......


Snowpiercer AKA Snow Piercer (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (20th May 2020)

After a failed global-warming experiment, a post-apocalyptic Ice Age has killed off nearly all life on the planet. All that remains of humanity are the lucky few survivors that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system has evolved aboard the train, fiercely dividing its population—but a revolution is brewing. The lower-class passengers in the tail section stage an uprising, moving car-by-car up toward the front of the train, where the train’s creator and absolute authority resides in splendor. But unexpected circumstances lie in wait for humanity’s tenacious survivors... Visionary director Bong Joon Ho’s “enormously ambitious and visually stunning,” (Scott Foundas, Variety) film has been widely praised as “a superb masterpiece of science fiction” (MTV). Starring Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, and Ed Harris....


Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan by Rick Curzon (20th May 2020)

Outnumbered, outgunned, never out of courage - DANGER CLOSE is an exhilarating and hard-hitting war thriller based on the unbelievable true story of The Battle of Long Tan. Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) and his company of 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives in the Battle of Long Tan. With 2,500 battle-hardened Viet Cong soldiers closing in, their ammunition running out and casualties mounting, each man searches for the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage....


Primal by Rick Curzon (19th May 2020)

When Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage), a hunter and collector of rare and exotic animals, bags a priceless white jaguar for a zoo, he figures it'll be smooth sailing to a big payday. But the ship bearing Frank's precious cargo has two predators caged in its hold: the cat, and a political assassin being extradited to the U.S. After the assassin breaks free - and then frees the jaguar - Frank feverishly stalks the ship's cramped corridors in hot pursuit of his prey, right up until the thrilling, unpredictable climax....


American Woman (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (15th May 2020)

American Woman finds poignant drama in one woman’s gruelling odyssey, thanks in no small part to Sienna Miller’s outstanding work in the leading role. In a blue-collar town in Pennsylvania, a 32-year-old woman’s teen daughter goes missing and she is left to raise her infant grandson alone. The story is told over the course of 11 years: we journey with her from the time her daughter vanishes, through the trials-and-tribulations of subsequent years, and ultimately to the long-awaited discovery of the truth. Also staring Aaron Paul and Christina Hendricks and from the producers of Manchester By The Sea....


Sea Fever (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (14th May 2020)

Sea Fever is a tense and original Irish sci-fi thriller reminiscent of cult classics The Thing and The Abyss, starring Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman). For marine biology student Siobhan (Hermione Corfield), it was supposed to be a research excursion with a trawler crew fishing the West Irish seas. But when they hit an unseen object and become marooned, a mysterious parasite infects their water supply. Soon the oozing force infiltrates the entire vessel and turns Siobhan’s journey into a claustrophobic fight for survival. Can they stop the mysterious water borne parasite from spreading before it’s too late? Sea Fever also stars Dougray Scott (Hitman) and Jack Hickey (Game of Thrones). Written and directed by BAFTA© winning Irish filmmaker Neasa Hardiman (behind BBC triumph Happy Valley and Netflix hit Jessica Jones)....


Watermelon Man (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (13th May 2020)

A bigoted, white salesman (played by stand-up comedian Godfrey Cambridge) wakes up one morning to find he has become black. Although it has been somewhat overshadowed by Melvin Van Peebles’ next film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Watermelon Man has never felt more relevant than it does today....


Moscow on the Hudson (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th May 2020)

Vladimir, a musician with the Moscow circus, defects to the US and must navigate a new life in New York. An early dramatic role for star Robin Williams, the actor undertook a crash course in Russian and learned to play the saxophone in order to play the part....


Cisco Pike (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (11th May 2020)

Starring Kris Kristofferson (The Last Movie) in his first leading role, and boasting an impressive supporting cast – including Gene Hackman (The Conversation), Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces), Harry Dean Stanton (Christine) and Warhol superstar Viva (Necropolis) – Cisco Pike follows the fortunes of a musician who turns to drug dealing to make ends meet....


Spring Night Summer Night (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (10th May 2020)

With its non-professional cast, this sensitive drama, which explores the intimate relationship between a coal-miner’s daughter and her half-brother, is American independent cinema’s closest relation to Italian Neorealism. Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn in a beautiful new restoration by Peter Conheim and Ross Lipman, Joseph L Anderson’s film played international festivals in 2019 to great acclaim....


 


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