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MOVIE REVIEW: THE DARK TOWER

MOVIE REVIEW: THE DARK TOWER

MOVIE REVIEW: THE DARK TOWER Directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Most criticisms of Nikolaj Arcel’s adaption of Stephen King’s series of The Dark Tower novels revolve around it’s cursory nature – the omitting of the meaty emotions and detail at the heart […]

BLURAY REVIEW: STARLIGHT

BLURAY REVIEW: STARLIGHT

BLURAY REVIEW: STARLIGHT Directed by Sophie Blondy Starring Natacha Réginier, Denis Lavant, Iggy Pop, Béatrice Dalle Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Starlight – or L’etoile Du Jour (Morning Star), or Angel Of The North – is a trippy French excursion into the surreal world of an emotionally dysfunctional circus troupe, with punk legend Iggy Pop […]

MOVIE REVIEW: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

MOVIE REVIEW: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

MOVIE REVIEW: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Directed by Matt Reeves Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Amiah Miller, Steve Zahn Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 There’s a distinct Apocalypse Now feel to this third instalment in the rebooted Planet Of The Apes saga. Woody Harrelson’s Colonel – bald, psychotic and obviously […]

MOVIE REVIEW: BECOMING BOND, REV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH

MOVIE REVIEW: BECOMING BOND, REV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH

MOVIE REVIEW: BECOMING BOND, REV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH Luna Cinemas, Leederville, Perth, Western Australia – 6 July, 2017 Written & Directed by Josh Greenbaum Starring George Lazenby, Josh Lawson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The twentieth Rev International Film Festival kicked off in fine style with a great turnout eager to be in the […]

DVD REVIEW: THE PLASMATICS – LIVE: Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes

DVD REVIEW: THE PLASMATICS – LIVE: Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes

DVD REVIEW: THE PLASMATICS – LIVE: Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes MVD Visual May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Wendy O Williams in 1979, tits out, nipples covered with gaffa tape, jiggling and bouncing around the stage singing Squirm, Tight Pants and Butcher Baby, before taking a chainsaw to a couple of guitars, remains a […]

BLURAY REVIEW: HOUSE: TWO STORIES

BLURAY REVIEW: HOUSE: TWO STORIES

BLURAY REVIEW: HOUSE: TWO STORIES MVD Visual April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 and 5/10 Made cheaply and with a tongue firmly in cheek, the first two HOUSE films are paragons of the 1980’s schlock horror genre. William Katt stars in the original 1985 film as Vietnam Vet horror author Roger Cobb, who moves […]

DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO

DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO

DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO Writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore Starring Phillippe Noiret, Enza Cannavale, Antonella Attili Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Arrow Films’ beautiful remastering of both the theatrical and director’s cut of this Italian cinematic classic is stunning. It follows famous filmmaker Salvatore, who returns to the small village he was raised in for the first […]

MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE

MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE

MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE Directed by Lasse Hallström From the novel by Bruce Cameron Starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, KJ Apa, Britt Robertson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Bailey is a gorgeous, rambunctious golden retriever pup determined to discover his purpose – why is he here? “Was having fun the […]

DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS

DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS

DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS Cleopatra/MVD Directed by Jonathan Williams Starring Geoff Tate Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 The Burningmoore Deaths (or The Burningmoore Incident as it is also known) stars former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate as serial killer James Parrish, a man who suddenly snapped one day and killed his wife and three children. […]

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS Shock Entertainment Directed by Robert Siodmak Starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne DeCarlo, Dan Duryea Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 There’s no honour amongst thieves, they say – and when Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) starts fooling around with his ex Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo), he finds her gangster husband Slim Dundee (Dan […]

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited UDR 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 1978’s Tokyo Tapes marked the end of Uli Jon Roth’s tenure with Scorpions after four ground-breaking studio albums in consecutive years, his guitar playing an enticing mixture of classical and progressive, taking the band from nobodys outside of Germany, […]

MOVIE REVIEW: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2

MOVIE REVIEW: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2

MOVIE REVIEW: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2 Directed by James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 When a film is so big, so successful (artistically and commercially), such a huge budgeted extravaganza, and as universally loved as Guardians Of The Galaxy – even the damned […]

CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30

CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30

CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30 Sony March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 For the thirtieth anniversary of Roy Orbison’s Black & White Night all-star television special, the entire package has been revisited from scratch: all footage from every camera originally used has been re-edited; the sound is immaculate; liner notes […]

DVD/BLU RAY: FLETCH and FLETCH LIVES

DVD/BLU RAY: FLETCH and FLETCH LIVES

DVD/BLU RAY: FLETCH and FLETCH LIVES Directed by Michael Ritchie Starring Chevy Chase, Shock Entertainment March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 and 7/10   Chevy Chase is at his best playing newspaper reporter Irwin ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, donning aliases and disguises almost as fast as he deadpans quips and one-liners while trying to get to […]

DVD REVIEW: ÄNGELBY

DVD REVIEW: ÄNGELBY

DVD REVIEW: ÄNGELBY Starring Mia Skäringer, Göran Ragnerstam, Joel Spira Shock Entertainment March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 ÄNGELBY comes from the same Swedish broadcasters that brought us The Bridge and Jordskott, and it is an intriguing mixture of crime thriller, small town drama, and supernatural mystery. Mia Skäringer stars as Vera, […]

DVD REVIEW: THE JERK

DVD REVIEW: THE JERK

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: THE JERK Shock Entertainment, March 2017 Directed by Carl Reiner Starring Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 This story of Navin, a man unburdened by the weight of intelligence, who has grown up dirt poor in Mississippi as the (unwittingly, even though he is white) adopted son of a […]

DVD REVIEW: SERIAL MOM

DVD REVIEW: SERIAL MOM

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: SERIAL MOM Shock Entertainment – March 2017 Writer/Director John Waters Starring Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Mathew Lillard Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Kathleen Turner is a camp, murderous delight in John Waters’ twisted parody that brings the world of perfectly happy suburbia and serial killers colliding together in […]

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy MVD Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 I don’t know about a ‘sad vacation’, but the rapid junk-fuelled spiral into the abyss by Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen once they arrived in New York in 1978 was certainly a sad waste. It’s easy, […]

DVD REVIEW: MY WAY

DVD REVIEW: MY WAY

DVD REVIEW: MY WAY MVD Entertainment November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 My Way is billed as a “Kick ass girl rockumentary,” and follows the journey to find rock n’ roll fame of Rebekah Starr. A university qualified professional, Starr chooses rock over a flagging marriage and a boring job, and embarks on a […]

DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981

DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981

DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981 MVD July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The Tubes were always unique – half theatrical punk rock, half new wave hit makers, they hit their commercial peak in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. This ninety minute live set from Germany shows them at their […]

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