Road Rash Reviews

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

Flesh + Blood Dual format Review ****-

Cert 18 | 128 mins | 1985

4 Star
Swords, Religion and the Plague.
Eureka Classics brings us the underrated (at the time) tale of a band of mercenaries wronged by a ruler of a European kingdom. Directed by the Paul Verhoeven, who brought us some of the 90’s most classic films (RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers). This is his first English speaking film, but it still…more

Lu Over the Wall Review ****-

Cert PG | 112 mins | 2018

4 stars of crazy, watery musical adventure.
Lu Over the Wall is a Japanese animated film, featuring screenplay by Reiko Yoshida (A Silent Voice) and Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong: The Animation, Night Is Short, Walk On Girl), who also directs the film.
It has all of his trademark strange animation style but this time it’s a children’s film, so it lacks his…more

No Way Out (1950) Review *****

Cert 15 | 106 mins | 1950

5 Star
Classic Racial Aggression.
The Masters of Cinema bring us release #191 in their series of classic cinema and what a film No Way Out is, filmed when racial tension was at its height in the USA. Writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives, The Barefoot Contessa, Cleopatra) takes the raw emotions and puts them on the silver screen…more

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