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MOVIE REVIEW: COCO

MOVIE REVIEW: COCO

MOVIE REVIEW: COCO Directed by Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina Written by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Molina Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Boxing Day sees the release of Pixar’s nineteenth feature film, arguably their very best yet, proudly showing all of […]

DVD REVIEW: DAYLIGHT

DVD REVIEW: DAYLIGHT

DVD REVIEW: DAYLIGHT Shock Entertainment August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 /10 Sylvester Stallone plays a little against type in this action drama of crisis in a collapsing traffic tunnel under the river between Manhattan and New Jersey. Sure, he’s the ultra-brave hero putting his life on the line to save a dwindling group […]

DVD REVIEW: THE PUNISHER

DVD REVIEW: THE PUNISHER

DVD REVIEW: THE PUNISHER Shock Entertainment August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 Way back in 2004 Marvel hadn’t yet worked out how best to present their impressive comic book super hero staples on the screen – and it shows in The Punisher, co-written and directed by Jonathon Hensleigh, and starring John Travolta […]

DVD REVIEW: DANTE’S PEAK

DVD REVIEW: DANTE’S PEAK

DVD REVIEW: DANTE’S PEAK Shock Entertainment August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 1/2 /10 Dante’s Peak runs just about every disaster movie trope at the viewer: Pierce Brosnan’s vulcanologist (that’s a volcano expert, dudes) Harry Dalton, detects activity in Dante’s Peak – a long dormant volcano in the American hinterland, and tries to convince […]

DVD REVIEW: AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON

DVD REVIEW: AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON

DVD REVIEW: AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON Shock Entertainment May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 /10 Even by 1987’s standards, this film’s cobbled-together, National Lampoon style of sketch comedy and frat boy humour was getting a little ho hum – and it’s really very dated now. The premise is that we’re watching a C-grade […]

DVD REVIEW: DJANGO PREPARE A COFFIN

DVD REVIEW: DJANGO PREPARE A COFFIN

DVD REVIEW: DJANGO PREPARE A COFFIN Arrow Video April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Terence Hill stars in this 1968 spaghetti western, as the eponymous Django, a loving husband who is left for dead when badass bandidos sack his wagon and murder his wife and child. Django isn’t dead, though, and sets […]

DVD REVIEW: CALTIKI THE IMMORTAL MONSTER

DVD REVIEW: CALTIKI THE IMMORTAL MONSTER

DVD REVIEW: CALTIKI THE IMMORTAL MONSTER ARROW VIDEO April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 An almost-lost classic of B-movie schlocky goodness, Caltiki The Immortal Monster was made in 1959 by Italian cult legends Riccardo Freda and Mario Brava, and is finally getting a long-overdue remaster. Definitely a curio amongst monster movies, Caltiki… centres upon […]

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 […]

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