Road Rash Reviews

The White Reindeer Review ****-

Cert PG | 68 mins | 1952

4 star restoration of an underrated classic Finnish folk tale.
The White Reindeer is written by Mirjami Kuosmanen (Kihlaus, Kun on Tunteet) and Erik Blomberg (Wedding Night). It was originally released in 1952 and is presented here following a 4K restoration, in the original Finnish with optional English subtitles. It is part of the Masters of Cinema Series #203.
“You must sacrifice…more

Human Desire [1954] (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format Review ****-

Cert PG | 91 mins | 1954

4 Star
What Will You Do For Passion?
Based on the novel “La Bête Humaine” – by Emile Zola, The Sin of Father Mouret) this is the third incarnation of the novel and directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (Metropolis, Der Mude Tod, Spione, M, Moonfleet, Journey to the Lost City). Human Desire is a tale of what will you do and…more

Crucible of the Vampire Review ***--

Cert 15 | 90 mins | 2019

3 stars of old school British horror flick.
Crucible of the Vampire is written by Darren Lake, John Wolskel (I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle) and Ian Ross-McNamee (I Saw Black Clouds).
“This is interesting. There appears to be an original inscription on the side of the cauldron, but someone’s scratched it out.”
Isabelle (Katie Goldfinch – Lucid, Shadows) is a young museum curator. They…more

Yanks (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition Review ****-

Cert 15 | 139 mins | 1979

4 Star
Over Paid and Over Here.
Eureka Classics bring director John Schlesinger‘s (Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Marathon Man, Honky Tonk Freeway) 1979 war time drama up to date in their latest release Yanks. The film follows a couple of American soldiers that arrive in the North of England ahead of the Normandy invasions of Operation Overlord in 1944.
Great Britain has…more

Salvador Review ****-

Cert 18 | 122 mins | 1986

4 Star
Bullets, Rebels and Photo Opportunities.
Writer/director Oliver Stone was about to hit the big time with hits such as Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors, JFK and Natural Born Killers. Salvador was considered a flop, with its political statements and subject matter. But what a film, about a washed up photo-journalist (James Wood) hated by his…more

D.O.A. A Rite of Passage Review ****-

Cert 18 | 92 mins | 1980

4 Star
Disco is Dead! Long Live Punk!
When the Parker was King, in came bovver boots and saftey pins to oust the King and take the throne. This documentary was filmed in 1978 by Lech Kowalski (Rock Soup, Born to Lose: The Last Rock and Roll Movie) and shows how punk rock came face to face with the establishment in the…more

Birdman of Alcatraz Review *****

Cert PG | 147 mins | 1962

 
5 Star
A True Classic Prison Film.
Eureka (Masters of Cinema) bring us the best prison film ever in the guise of the fictionalised life of Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster, The Train, From Here to Eternity, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Run Silent Run Deep) from the book of the same name. This 1962 film adaptation by new film director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian…more

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