Road Rash Reviews

Maquia – Collector’s Combi Review *****

Cert 15 | 114 mins | 2019

5 star beautifully animated, heartwarming tale of love and loss.
Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms is written and directed by Mari Okada (The Anthem of the Heart). It is presented here in collector’s packaging, featuring both the original Japanese track with English subtitles and the English dub.
“A lone child meets another lone child. And so they set off into…more

November Review ****-

Cert 15 | 115 mins | 2019

4 stars of strangely compelling yet deeply disturbing Estonian fairytail.
November is based on the novel Rehepapp ehk November by Andrus Kivirähk. It is written for the screen and directed by Rainer Sarnet (Where Souls Go, The Idiot). It is presented here with English subtitles courtesy of Eureka Video.
“You want work? Go make a ladder out of bread.”
Liina (Rea Lest –…more

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

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