Film & DVD Reviews

Gorky Park

Occasionally ponderous 1983 thriller set in pre-Glasnost Russia (in fact filmed in Helsinki)....

The Weight Of Water

That a Kathryn Bigelow movie starring Sean Penn and Liz Hurley's gone straight to video tells you...

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...

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Editor's Letter

"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014


Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of...