Bleed For This (DVD Review)

15 – 112mins – 2016


 

AFTER THE LAST

In my review of survivalist horror The Shallows I commented how the man-versus-shark sub-genre is now at a severe disadvantage, having to come up with a pretty special story to not fall into the shadow of the behemoth Jaws. The same rule can be applied to boxing films where Rocky rules the roost. Perhaps this is why audiences failed to turn out to see Bleed for This is cinemas last November (it failed to recoup its $9million budget), but this Miles Teller-starring biopic is so much more than a second rate “Italian Stallion.”

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Hacksaw Ridge (Cinema Review)

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15 – 139mins – 2016


 

CONSCIENTIOUS PARTICIPANT

I have always struggled with war films. I just feel a disassociation from the genre which I have struggled to shake off. Maybe I never will. Nevertheless, the amount of love Mel Gibson’s first directorial effort in over a decade has received (despite many a person’s reservations about his off-screen personality) has made Hacksaw Ridge hard to ignore. I saw the elongated runtime and grimaced, but having put aside my hesitations in a packed cinema this afternoon, I can confirm that the man they call ‘Mad Mel’ has won me over.

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Miles Ahead (DVD Review)

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15 – 96mins – 2016


THE JUNKIE AND THE FLUNKIE

“Man, what a waste! He’s probably more profitable to us dead than alive now.”

Set in Manhattan in the late 1970s during the King of Cool’s wilderness years, Don Cheadle – the man many in this Marvel-dominated cine-scape will know predominantly as “War Machine” – excels himself as co-screenwriter, director and lead actor in this surprisingly unsycophantic passion project which drops the iconic and isolated “social music” pioneer into an impromptu  gangster flick of sorts.

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