Duel (1971) – 50th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Duel is a must watch if you’re a fan of Spielberg or even if you’re just after a fantastic and taut thriller. From the acting to the directing to the sparse Billy Goldenberg score; everything about it is pitch perfect. Despite it’s original TV movie trappings, the film is pure, edge-of-your-seat cinema. Duel deserves to be remembered as one of Spielberg’s greatest.

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Doctor Who – Series 9 Rewatch and Review

After finding his footing in the previous series, Peter Capaldi returns to the role of the Doctor with a slightly different approach. The grumpy, harsh Scottish man has gone, and we’re left with a Time Lord who’s more akin to a fun, spacefaring uncle. He’s a bit wackier, his outfits reflect this, and he seems to be having more fun.

Jenna Coleman’s Clara is also back for the ride, though she is destined not to survive the series.

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Lost – Season 6 Rewatch and Review

Season 6 of Lost is where (most of) the questions throughout the show’s 6 year run get answered. It follows on directly from the explosive season 5 finale, as we see the gang wake up on the island in the modern day and also a flash-sideways reveals a world where we are shown what would happen if the island was sunk

From the very beginning it’s clear that this season is intended to wrap up the show and provide the audience with some closure. Whether it manages that or not though is going to differ from each person but I really, really like the ending of Lost, even if season 6 does stumble occasionally.

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Lost – Season 5 Rewatch and Review

Season 5 of Lost is, with out a doubt, the absolute best season of the entire show. This might be a slightly controversial opinion to some – especially those that prefer the more grounded island survival tone of the first 3 seasons. But for me, season 5 develops the mythology of the show into new and exciting places and, despite some of the show’s most outlandish stuff taking place this season, it does so in way true to the original spirit of the show.

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Doctor Who – Series 7 Rewatch and Review

Series 7 of Doctor Who is often considered to be a bit messy. Like the previous series, it’s once again quite literally a series of two halves – with the first half following the Amy and Rory and the second half picking up with new companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman. Because of this, the series often feels like two separate seasons, and not one consistent thing. And with Amy and Rory’s tragic exit at the halfway mark, combined with The Doctor’s own departure at the end of the two specials, this is a series of goodbyes. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still incredibly entertaining. 

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Cinema of New Zealand: Sleeping Dogs (1977) Review

Sleeping Dogs is a landmark film for the cinema of New Zealand. It kick-started the countries very own new wave cinema movement and it heralded the arrival of two new voices with director Roger Donaldson and star Sam Neill.

But away from all that, it’s also just a really good thriller. The pacing is occasionally uneven but the film is certainly never boring. The beautiful cinematography and explosive action sequences disguises the film’s low-budget roots while Donaldson’s passionate direction shines throughout.

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Lost – Season 4 Rewatch and Review

Season 4 as a whole is one of the strongest seasons of the show, with no real weak points. I feel it’s the turning point for the show, between the first three seasons with their survival thriller vibes and the last three, more outlandish, science fiction and fantasy seasons. This change will polarise some watchers but I love it and believe these final seasons to be the best in the entire show. And season 4, with it’s tight scripting, fantastic characters, and it’s wonderfully realised science fiction concepts, might just be the best of the lot. 

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