Road Rash Reviews

I, the Jury (1953 film) Blu-ray Review ***--

Cert 12 | 87 mins | 1953

3 Star
Mike Hammer’s First Case.
I, the Jury is the first film adaptation of Mickey Spillane‘s (Kiss Me Deadly, My Gun Is Quick) private eye Mike Hammer. Written for the screen by Harry Essex (It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon), and Cinematographer John Alton (Twelve Women, Girls of the Big House) gives it that gritty Film-Noir look.…more

Drive – Limited Edition (4K UHD and Blu-ray) [2022] Review ****-

Cert 18 | 100 mins | 2011

4 Star
Noir with Cars.
This dark and brooding neo-noir film comes from first time writer James Sallis, and adapted for the screen by Hossein Amini (Snow White and the Huntsman, Obi-Wan Kenobi (TV Mini Series)). Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Only God Forgives) he brings the noir genre in to the age of fast-food and faster cars. Ryan Gosling…more

Champion (1949 Blu-ray) Master of Cinema Limited Edition Review ****-

Cert PG | 99 mins | 1949

4 Star
No Punches Pulled.
Mark Robson (Von Ryan’s Express, Valley of the Dolls) takes the hard hitting story from seasoned short story writer Ring Lardner (Letters from Bugs to Gus, No. 6, Ring Lardner’s My Roomy), and sets one of the greatest actors of his time in Kirk Douglas (Lust for Life, Spartacus, The Vikings) who delivers a performance fit for…more

House of Bamboo (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray Review ****-

Cert PG | 102 mins | 1955

4 Star
Death in the Orient.
Following his successes with Hell and High Water Samuel Fuller (Forty Guns, Fixed Bayonets) follows it up with this gripping tale of crime and death in Japan. A Film-Noir, so you know that they are going to die in the end, but it is the journey that matters and who gets their comeuppance in the end. This…more

This Gun For Hire (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray Review ****-

Cert PG | 81 mins | 1942

4 Star
A Man With Nothing to Lose and a Dame.
Eureka Classics brings us a true film-noir with the stunning Veronica Lake and the hard-nosed Alan Ladd. Adapted from a Graham Greene novel (The Fugitive, Brighton Rock, Our Man in Havana) and directed by Frank Tuttle (Springtime for Henry, The Hour Before the Dawn)  , who brings us a propaganda film…more

Criss Cross (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray Review *****

Cert PG | 84 mins | 1949

5 Star
Fun, Fights and Make-ups.
Robert Siodmak (The Killers, The Rough and the Smooth, Treasure of the Aztecs) was one of the masters of the Film-Noir genre (period 1944–54) along with the likes of Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder. He brings us a thick script and tight angles on the leading man and the femme fatale along with the…more

Black Angel [1946] Blu-Ray Review ****-

Cert PG | 81 mins | 1946

4 Star
A Singer, A Drunk and an Accused Man.
Black Angel is Roy William Neill’s (Fifty Fathoms Deep, Murder Will Out, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death) swan song after a career spanning nearly thirty years and one hundred and ten directorial credits. Black Angel is a Film-Noir, with its sights definitely set on the dark recesses of…more

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