Film & DVD Reviews

The Good Girl

Underrated comedy-drama from Chuck & Buckteam. Jennifer Aniston's fine as a frustrated store-...

All Or Nothing

A return to classic Mike Leigh terrain, this examines desperation, loneliness and family tragedy on...

St Elmo's Fire

The 1985 film that launched the careers of the Brat Packers. This finds Emilio Estevez drooling...

Shooting Times

Disturbing documentary rips open America's dark heart

Timecode

Mike Figgis' one-take, four-camera, split-screen Hollywood satire is avant-garde without being...

Swept Away

Pussywhipped by Madonna into remaking Lina Wertmüller's 1974 film, Guy Ritchie betrays the...

Car Wash

Written by Joel Schumacher, Car Wash traces a day in the life of the Dee-Luxe car wash in smoggy...

Enough

A subversive pleasure from the pen of Nicholas Kazan (son of Elia Kazan), Enough is an ostensibly...

Irreversible

The year's most controversial release, Gaspar Noe's French frenzy (which unfolds backwards, like...

Battles Without Honour And Humanity

Another belter from the late Kinji Fukasaku's back catalogue. Loosely based on a true story,...

Television Roundup

The TV version of Chris Morris' Radio 1 series Blue Jam (plus the late-night counterpart, Jaaaaam,...

Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Two years ago, Bill Wyman published a superbly researched history of the blues. Now bearing the...

Johnny Cash—The Man, His World, His Music

First issued on video in 1985, this is a fully absorbing, occasionally revealing insight into the...

The Essential Clash

The Clash imploded just as promo videos became the norm, which is a shame, as their "Rock The...

Led Zeppelin

Directed by Jimmy Page, it took a year of intensive research to assemble this five-and-a-half-hour...

Passport To Pimlico

Sterling 1949 comedy from the Ealing stable, directed by Henry Cornelius (Genevieve) and featuring...

Ma Femme Est Une Actrice

A labour of love—or perhaps of jealousy—for writer/director Yvan Attal, who stars in...

Super Troopers

The first screen outing for a post-collegiate comedy team calling themselves Broken Lizard, Super...

The Deli

John Andrew Gallagher's shambling 1997 comedy about an Italian-American storekeeper (Mike Starr)...

Hijack Stories

South African director Oliver Schmitz revisits the same territory as his angry anti-apartheid...

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Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...