Author Archives: Christian Robshaw

La La Land – New Release Review

It’s rare to live a film so completely as one does La La Land… How in the Hell do you follow up a masterpiece like Whiplash? Young go-getter Damien Chazelle made minor waves with his début film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, and engaged in a little bit of script-doctor work to support […]

Assault on Precinct 13 – Blu-Ray Re-Release Review

Not John Carpenter’s début, but the first in a series of classic horror/action/fantasy B-pictures from him, Assault on Precinct 13 became a hit in Europe, though notably not in the States, and established a solid template to which he has stuck to this day. Its reputation undimmed in spite of a lacklustre 2005 remake, Assault […]

Best of 2016: Holding the Man

Based on Tim Coniway’s 1993 memoir Holding the Man, this long-awaited Australian romantic drama doesn’t disappoint, and is in fact better than anyone could reasonably expect. In 1976, schoolboys Tim (Ryan Corr) and John (Craig Stott) discover a mutual attraction, and in no time they become a full-blown couple. Cut to the 1980s and, in […]

Best of 2016: I Am Not a Serial Killer

There’s blood, guts and plenty of heart in this oddball black comedy based on Dan Wells’ successful YA novel Young John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer – yet. But he knows he’s at high risk of becoming one, and not just because of that magnificently appropriate name of his. He exhibits all of […]

I Am Not A Serial Killer – New Release Review

There’s blood, guts and plenty of heart in this oddball black comedy based on Dan Wells’ successful YA novel Young John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer – yet. But he knows he’s at high risk of becoming one, and not just because of that magnificently appropriate name of his. He exhibits all of […]

Bleed For This – New Release Review

We take a look at the Miles Teller led boxing drama Bleed For This… The boxing world, the late-80s: Vincenzo “Vinny Paz” Pazienza is fighting as a junior welterweight. He’s naturally more suited to the welterweight class, but it’s standard for boxers to engage in weight cutting; why fight as the smallest in your natural division […]

Back in Time for Brixton

To celebrate Black History Month, Brixton’s The Ritzy Picturehouse hosted a screening of the first episode of the BBC’s forthcoming two-part reality series Back in Time For Brixton. The programme follows the format that viewers of the other Back in Time For… series will by now be intimately familiar with: a family are taken through […]

A United Kingdom – New Release Review

London, 1947: Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) lives an unremarkable life, working in a typing pool. One night, she agrees to escort her sister to a meeting of her missionary group. While there, she meets Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), a handsome and well-educated young man, and after several more dates, the two quickly fall in love. […]

Napoleon – Re-Release Review

Making one of its intermittent returns to the big screen, Abel Gance’s five-and-a-half hour (6+ with intermissions!) 1927 masterpiece Napoleon is back and better than ever. This time around, the cause for renewed celebration is the picture’s long-awaited arrival on home media formats; the BFI is also currently streaming Napoleon online. Home media is well-suited […]

The Innocents – New Release Review

A nurse, working with the French Red Cross, travels to Poland in the year 1945, her mission being to provide assistance to the many wounded survivors of the war. Once there, however, she finds herself whisked away to a convent by a particularly pushy sister; at the convent she discovers, much to her surprise, that […]