Author Archives: Christian Robshaw

A Street Cat Named Bob – New Release Review

We take a look at this adapted true story of heroin addiction, homelessness and a loving feline… A homeless recovering heroin addict is able to turn his life around thanks to the positive influence of a particularly faithful streetcat. That probably sounds like a cheesy – not to mention implausible – inspirational film, but it’s […]

Let’s Be Evil – New Release Review

In what appears to be the near future, but could just as well be the cutting-edge present, twenty something Jenny (Elizabeth Morris) finds that her job application has been successful. It’s a funny old rôle, the one for which she’s applied. It’s all in a bunker beneath Los Angeles, for one thing. And for another, […]

Starfish – New Release Review

We take a look at true story Starfish as it opens in cinemas today… Starfish is the true story of Tom Ray, as portrayed by his near-namesake Tom Riley. Tom Ray has a beautiful house out in Rutland, a wife who loves him enough to go back to work in order to allow him to work on […]

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives

Hip-hop began, as everyone knows, with block parties in the Bronx in the late 1970s, but it hit its creative and commercial peak in New York in the 1990s. White DJ Stretch Armstrong and Latino announcer Bobbito Garcia were lucky enough, at that time, to host an underground radio show through which practically every single […]

Tales of Halloween – New Release Review

The soft, sultry voice of former John Carpenter regular Adrienne Barbeau comes over the radio, reminiscent of Lynne Thigpen in The Warriors. Then the opening credits begin, and you’re treated to a new bit of score from Mission: Impossible composer Lalo Schifrin. If you’re a B-movie buff then you already have plenty to be excited […]

I, Daniel Blake – New Release Review

We take a look at Ken Loach’s timely and affecting film… Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a joiner, perhaps in his sixties or seventies. Before the film opens, he suffers a heart attack and is advised by his doctor not to return to work until he has his health back. That’s nothing to worry about, you […]

Blair Witch – New Release Review

In October of 1994, filmmakers Heather Donohue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams disappeared in the woods around Burkittsville, Maryland while making a student film about the Blair Witch legend. I’m sure you all remember this incident; the footage was later recovered and cynically compiled by Artisan Entertainment as the memorable 1999 cult film The […]

Money Monster – New Release Review

Meet Lee Gates (George Clooney). You’ll have met him or his type before, no doubt. He hosts the TV investment show Money Monster, in which he excitedly gives out financial advice while sounds and graphics blare, punctuating his every pronouncement. His director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) has her hands full just trying to keep everything […]

BB – New Release Review

We venture into this synth infused take on camgirls, obsession and exploitation… Our hero is a girl named Leah Lamont (Jennifer Mae) rather than, as you might have assumed, BB. Like several of the films’ characters, she has an alliterative name; perhaps this is set in some sort of adult version of the Marvel Universe. […]

The Blair Witch Project – Retrospective Review

There’s a good chance that you’ve already heard that Adam Wingard’s just directed a new Blair Witch film, the lazily entitled Blair Witch, and this should really come as a surprise to no-one; after recent cash-ins on the goodwill attached to names like Halloween, The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The […]