Frank & Lola (DVD Review)

18 – 87mins – 2017


 

LOVE IS NO FAIRY TALE

Opening on an intense lovemaking scene between Las Vegas chef Frank (Michael Midnight Special Shannon) and aspiring fashion designer Lola (Imogen Green Room Poots), I honestly thought I was in for a Fifty Shades-style erotic thriller with debuting director Matthew Ross’ protagonist-named straight-to-DVD feature. But aside from this brief and surprising snatch of nudity from the gorgeous Ms. Poots, this is as titillating as Frank & Lola gets. The ensuing 80-plus minutes does deal with sexual themes, but in a far darker and less intimate manner.

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Inside No. 9, 3.3 – “The Riddle of the Sphinx”

BBC Two – 28th February 2017 – 10pm

Created and written by: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

Directed by: Guillem Morales


 

GIVE US A CLUE

“Inform. Educate. Entertain”

Testament to the diversity Inside No. 9’s isolated anthology set-up allows, following last week’s (initially) light-hearted repartee and restaurant kerfuffle, “The Riddle of the Sphinx” presents itself from the off as a more antiquated and traditionally gothic beast, set within the rain-lashed study of Cambridge professor and Varsity crossword-compiler Dr. Nigel Squires (Pemberton), who receives an unexpected visitor in the form of Greggs employee Nina (Alexandra Roach).

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Rainy Dog (Blu-ray Review)

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18 – 95mins – 1997


DAMP BOILED

Two years after his theatrical debut with the ultra-icky shock-fest Shinjuku Triad Society, Takashi Miike returned to his thematically-connected Black Society Trilogy with this precipitation-lashed middle segment, shot entirely in a washed-out Taiwan and with star Tomorowo Taguchi returning, albeit in a new and unrelated antagonist role.

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Kickboxer: Vengeance (DVD Review)

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GLASS KNUCKLED WHITE WARRIOR

Courtesy of a much-appreciated check disc from Fetch Publicity I had the opportunity recently to review the long-gestating modern reimagining of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s hard-hitting 80’s revenge flick, with the action icon returning to the franchise alongside faces fresh (Alain Moussi) and familiar (Dave Bautista, Gina Carano).

Click THIS LINK to get taken directly to my blow-by-blow account over at the 80’s Picture House.


Kickboxer: Vengeance
is out NOW on region 2 DVD and Blu-ray from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (UK).

Nocturnal Animals (Cinema Review)

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15 – 117mins – 2016


CREATIVE AROUSAL

I went into Nocturnal Animals practically blind. I knew it starred Amy Arrival Adams and an almost recognisable Aaron Taylor-Johnson; I knew Mark Kermode commended it (I caught part of an interview he did with the stars on the red carpet at the film’s UK premiere) and I knew my regular cinema-going friends rated it highly. Otherwise, I was blind as a bat!

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