The Criterion Collection have outdone themselves with their magnificent, jam-packed seven-disk Blu-ray set of the work of the great French director Jacques Tati
Renowned British horror director Terence Fisher rarely tried his hand at science fiction; Odeon Entertainment has recently released new Blu-ray editions of his two best SF films, Island of Terror and Night of the Big Heat.
Twilight Time continues to release an interesting assortment of titles, often now with excellent commentaries and impressive supplemental material.
The range of my recent viewing covers classic Italian and Eastern European films by Elio Petri and Karel Zeman as well as a pair of 1970s sci-fi/fantasy productions from the BBC, newly released on disk by the BFI.
CarFree: Stories from the Non-driving Life (2014) is a new one-hour documentary from Cagey Films about urban dwellers who consciously choose not to drive and how that decision affects the ways in which they live their lives.
A selection of recently viewed films ranges from revisionist horror to horror-comedy to experimental to Hitchcock imitation (or homage), all impressively presented on Blu-ray.
Horror, action, mindless violence and exploitation: summer viewing has involved a lot of switching off my brain and watching undemanding genre movies.
Video Nasties: Draconian Days, Jake West’s second documentary about Britain’s panic over the evils of home video is a fascinating examination of the political intentions of censorship and the resulting chaotic social impact of the state’s attempts to control personal taste.
Roman Polanski’s Macbeth stands as one of the finest adaptations of Shakespeare on film, a seamless blend of poetry and harsh realism in its depiction of a cruel medieval world and the futility of ambition.
There are bad movies and then there are “bad” movies; our relationship with the latter is more complicated than it first appears.