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The Ciambra

In Calabria, southwest Italy, fourteen-year old juvenile delinquent Pio (Pio Amato) lives on the fringes of law-abiding society; his Romani heritage and poverty mean that he is marginalised by mainstream Italian society. While his older brother slowly inducts him into... Continue Reading →

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

★★☆☆☆ In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, life may well have found a way, but the same can’t be said for decent screenwriting or even basic logic in this execrable sequel. It’s a pretty mean feat to beat even Jurassic Park III as the... Continue Reading →

“I’ve Got To Get Out Of This Place”: That Summer Reviewed

In 1972, Peter Beard and Albert and David Maysles were commissioned by socialite Lee Radiziwill to film a documentary about her childhood neighbourhood in the East Hamptons. Radiziwill introduced the Maysles to her aunt, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, and cousin,... Continue Reading →

The Old Dark House

★★★★☆ On a dark and stormy night, self-conscious genre tropes abound in James Whale’s riotously fun 1932 gothic chiller The Old Dark House. Five people find themselves stuck overnight in a creepy old mansion, tenanted by a bizarre brother and sister,... Continue Reading →

Breakheart Pass

★★☆☆☆ While a Yankee army train stops to restock its water supply, John Deakin (Charles Bronson) is caught cheating at cards at a nearby saloon. No sooner than he’s arrested and packed on to the train along with a state... Continue Reading →

Inherit the Wind

★★★★★ Based on the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925 and adapted from Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s play of the same name, Stanley Kramer’s 1960 film is a searing indictment of religious fundamentalism and anti-intellectualism. Inherit the Wind’s relevance continues beyond... Continue Reading →

Deadpool 2

★★★★☆ 2016’s Deadpool bucked the trend of sanitised superhero schlock with winking humour, copious gore, and f-bombs galore. So how does one follow-up one of the most refreshing blockbusters in recent memory? The answer, evidently, is more profanity, more Troma-esque ultra-violence, more... Continue Reading →

Forever Sound Version: Streets of Rage

One of my favourite podcasts, Forever Sound Version is an unadulterated treat for fans of VGM. I was thrilled that the show's host, Mikey, invited me for the second time to share my thoughts on Yuzo Koshiro's work on Sega's... Continue Reading →

Criterion Review: Metropolitan

★★★★☆ In Manhattan, a circle of wealthy young socialites party, gossip and generally congratulate themselves while the self-styled intellectual Tom (Edward Clements) reluctantly joins the group. Riffing on Noel Coward and Woody Allen, and prefiguring the preppy urban cinema of... Continue Reading →

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