July 22, 2005

Based on a series of gruesome murder cases that occurred in Berlin, Germany, M (1931) is one of the earliest serial killer movies. A city is terrorized by a man (Lorre) who kills children. The latest victim is a little girl named Elsie (Landgut). Director... 

The Day After Tomorrow

March 31, 2005

Not since Armageddon (1998) has a film taken such a complete leave of its scientific senses. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) is Roland Emmerich’s latest cinematic ode to destruction movies. He’s already blown up the White House in Independence Day (1996)... 

Battle Royale – Two Disc Special Edition

December 12, 2004

A group of 40-or-so school kids are packed off, against their will, to a remote island with a heavy arsenal of weapons, with the only way off the island is to kill all their mates. You’d be forgiven in thinking that this was the pitch for the next... 

Transformers Season 3 & 4

December 11, 2004

In 1986, the Transformers went into their third season, making some bold marketing decisions, and they must have paid off because twenty years or so later here it is on DVD. Those who are not Transformers savvy will be completely and utterly confused... 

Cop Land: Director’s Cut

December 11, 2003

Cop Land (1997) is a homage to police corruption films like Sidney Lumet’s Serpico (1973) and Prince of the City (1981). In many respects, Cop Land is also a modern western, complete with a High Noon (1952) style showdown. A big deal was made about... 


May 7, 2003

Steven Seagal makes his triumphant return to the DVD arena and this time he swaps his trademark ponytail, black outfit and Zen preachings for a ponytail, black outfit and some, erm, Zen preachings. Yes, once again he’s playing a cop as well. This... 

Kill Bill volume 1

October 21, 2002

If Jackie Brown (1997) was Quentin Tarantino’s affectionate homage to ’70s Blaxploitation films, then Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003) is his unabashed love letter to martial arts and Yakuza films from the same decade. The opening credits that feature... 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

February 21, 2002

Based on the excellent graphic novel of the same name, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a beautiful looking mess of a movie. To anyone who has read the comic book, the film bears only a passing resemblance. The... 

Kill Bill: Volume 1

December 7, 2001

It’s been a long time coming (six years to be exact) but celebrated auteur of all things pop culture Quentin Tarantino is back with this dazzling first part of a revenge tale that blends together nearly every genre he’s waxed lyrical about... 

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