Film Review: City Island

Film Review: City Island
As a minor indie comedy release in a sea of big-scale summer blockbusters, City Island is almost destined to get lost in the shuffle. Which is a crying shame, as it’s a wonderful film that’s sharp, incredibly funny, with an abundance of heart, character and charm, brought to live by an amazingly...

Blu-Review: The Crazies (2010)

Blu-Review: The Crazies (2010)
It’s hardly a classic, and is let down by some lazy writing and non-existent logic, but as a slick, tense and creatively gruesome action thriller, The Crazies is a minor triumph. It’s an unfortunate shame that Eisner and his screenwriters didn’t take the time to inject more character and...

Film Review: Splice

Film Review: Splice
Even with its missteps, Splice is an excellent piece of Cronenbergian weirdness and the kind of film that occurs all too rarely: an incredibly dark, creepy science fiction horror that doesn’t ditch smarts in its attempts to conjure up scares...

Book Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Volume 6)

Scott Pilgrim is your geek nirvana: a profoundly stunning work of perfection that deftly blends comedy, action and romance with surprising intelligence and shocking depth into a package that’s hilarious, touching, universally accessible and completely unforgettable...

PSP Review: Persona 3 Portable

PSP Review: Persona 3 Portable
Persona 3 has always been heavy on lifespan and replay value, with its epic, dense 100+ hour story, all the social link stories that you didn’t choose the first time around and all those calendar-specific quests and requests you missed. P3P bafflingly manages to find even more value and rewarding...

DVD Review: Sparkle

DVD Review: Sparkle
Sparkle is by no means a revolutionary film, nor does it make any attempts to redefine the rom-com. It is, however, a wonderfully sweet and endearing little film populated with fantastic performances, an intelligent, funny and well-written script and a delightfully gentle charm. It might not be an utterly...

DVD Review: Shank (2010)

DVD Review: Shank (2010)
As a lighter, more fun and ambitious counterpoint to the well-trodden grimy Brit cinema estates of the Kidulthood franchise, Shank does well to try something a little different, but a hyperactive lack of directorial focus means The Baseball Furies won’t be shaking in their cleats anytime soon...

DVD Review: Fear Island

DVD Review: Fear Island
Fear Island has its involving and enjoyable moments, while the requisite gorgeous teen fodder actors are a great deal more charismatic than the usual direct-to-video horror casts. Sadly though, it’s mired in a predicable lack of originality and adopts a framing device that only diminishes the...

Blu-Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock: Deluxe Edition

Blu-Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock: Deluxe Edition
Peter Weir’s film is a stunning display of talent on all fronts. The very nature of the abstract, evasive narrative may pose an insurmountable issue for those who need resolution, but the enigma at the heart of Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of cinema’s most enduring, fascinating and unsettling...

Blu-Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Blu-Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Combining instantly likeable characters with an abundance of action, a unique and well-realised world and the occasional giggle here and there, Percy Jackson is a light, breezy and incredibly fun slice of fantasy adventure sure to keep kids enthralled...

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