Matalo (1971)

June 1st, 2009

I return again from the strange and weird land that is the real world, to deliver a review of a strange and weird Spaghetti Western.

Matalo

The Hairdresser’s Husband (1990)

April 29th, 2009

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Severin Films have brought us a world of depravity and sleaze, but with this latest DVD release they present one of the most poetically beautiful romantic films ever made.

I was rather skeptical at first, but I can assure you that this is not another forumulaic “romantic comedy” from the Hollywood cookie cutter, instead it is a heartfelt, emotional and genuine romantic film but with that wonderful surrealism that comes naturally to French cinema. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a good film to watch as a couple but not wanting yet another “rom-com”.

Hairdresser’s Husband

The Witches (1966)

April 2nd, 2009

How embarrasing, I asked my staff yesterday to upload the review of the film about the witches… Don’t worry, they have been suitably disciplined.

The review you were meant to see is this one – a lesser Hammer film that tries to be a cross between the horror films and their thrillers, but one that doesn’t really work as either.  One for Hammer completists only.

A full review of The Witches (1966)

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

April 1st, 2009

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway star in this adaptation of the bestselling novel by Lauren Weisberger. Although the storyline with seems to revolve around a critique of the excesses of the fashion industry, it can never actually bring itself to say a bad word against it. Some good acting and solid production make this watchable and recommended to ‘chick flick’ fans.
The Devil Wears Prada – reviewed.

Sinful Dwarf (1973)

March 26th, 2009

Tim has been missing from the Mondo Esoterica office for two days now, all we found was this review and a note stating that the little people were after him…

Sinful Dwarf review

Joseph Losey Collection

March 11th, 2009

I have wrapped up the reviews of the titles in Optimum UK’s ‘Joseph Losey Collection’ boxset, with three of the director’s lesser known works. The Big Night (1951) is a well written Film Noir from his pre-witchunt days. Sleeping Tiger (1954) was one of his first films from after the move to Europe, and a superb early performance from Dirk Bogarde. Mr Klein (1976) is a fascinating wartime drama filmed and set in Paris, starring Alain Delon.

I have also added a page for the Joseph Losey Collection boxset as a whole.

Stay tuned later this year for a Joseph Losey biography and more reviews.

After… (2006)

March 6th, 2009

Coming to UK DVD on March 16th, this grimly surreal modern horror should appeal to all fans of modern cult horror – provided they have a strong stomach for hand-held camerawork.

After… reviewed

Goliath!

February 19th, 2009

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As anyone who reads my earlier blog posts will know, I am in the process of updating all of the reviews and pages on the site into a new format (its a technical thing!) and taking the opportunity to update and fix any errors on the reviews as I go. So for the last week I have been updating the Peplum pages and reviews.

I also took the opportunity to add two new reviews – a double bill of Goliath cinema, from Wild East. Goliath and the Barbarians (1959) and the utterly crazy Goliath and the Vampires (1961). Any Peplum fans should certainly pick this set up.

Stanley Baker doublebill

February 4th, 2009

Stanley Baker is probably one of Britain’s very best actors, and in this pair of films from director Joseph Losey he gets to show off his impeccable acting skills.

Criminal (1960) sees Baker on the wrong side of the law as a thief who tries to screw his fellow criminals out of the pay-off from a robbery, but finds that they can be rather nasty when crossed. One of the most brutal crime films from the era, and certainly one of the best.

Eva (1962) is a completely different film, a romantic tale with a distinctly European twist. Baker is on top form, but sadly the film we see is a mere shell, having been cut to ribbons by the producers, leaving Joseph Losey’s original vision, lost to time. Still of interest.

We’ll be taking a good look at more of Joseph Losey’s work towards the end of the month with an all new biography, so stay tuned…

Get Stone!

January 30th, 2009

We take a look this week at Aussie Biker cinema, or to be more precise, Stone (1974). No need for any more yik-yak here, read the review then buy the film!

Stone