At the time of its release Rob Marshall's take on Kander & Ebb's jazz age musical, Chicago, was somewhat maligned though popular and award winning with it, not least of all by myself as a fan of the stage show. Now, some years later, revisiting the film while on a plane, has led me to... Continue Reading →

Shock Treatment

For a long time, Shock Treatment, Richard O'Brien's follow-up to cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a mysterious footnote in cinema history relegated to second-hand VHS or an occasional obscure late night TV showing. Now though, thanks to Arrow Video, it's been released in fully restored high-definition from as part of a Blu-ray... Continue Reading →

Baby Driver

From the moment Edgar Wright's latest film Baby Driver begins with a full volume blast of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion as we focus on Ansel Elgort's 'Baby' sat in a high-powered car waiting for a heist to take place while rocking out to the sounds of his iPod it's clear this isn't going to... Continue Reading →

La La Land

Going into a film that has just been nominated for a record equalling 14 academy awards sets up a certain expectation. But, along with a huge amount of positive hype there have been some opposers to La La Land, including stories of whole groups walking out of screenings. Well, even as the strains to the spectacular... Continue Reading →

West Side Story

Having picked up 10 Academy Awards upon its release the film version of West Side Story has its place assured as an undeniable classic but its one that always brings a certain nostalgic feeling for me as I took part in a production of the stage musical as a teenager (playing Diesel, conglomerated into Ice on-screen), but,... Continue Reading →

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Before I begin I am wondering exactly why, and how, one is supposed to review a cult film? Oh well, I’m going to anyway so here we go. Ever since I discovered The Rocky Horror Picture Show in my teens, on VHS, I’ve been a big fan, so, as it's just been re-issued in a... Continue Reading →

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