Richard Mcallister

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (69 of 100)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 995,351 - Total Helpful Votes: 69 of 100
Criterion Collection: Hit [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Freddie Stuart
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost gem..., 18 July 2011
A forgotten movie, this is an overlooked gem of a film that has rightfully received some overdue recognition by Criterion (where would we be without them?!). The basic premise seems well trod by other more celebrated films, but the execution of this lifts it above the competition.

It is a British gangster film, and concerns a thug (played by Terrence Stamp) who has given evidence in court on other gangsters. He then runs before being tracked down and retrieved for his betrayal. The rest of the film plays out on the return journey, as the men prepare to execute him.

It is quickly identifiable as an 80s movie with the score but the sordid story and the supreme… Read more
Katalin Varga [DVD] (2009) <b>DVD</b> ~ Hilda Peter
Katalin Varga [DVD] (2009) DVD ~ Hilda Peter
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The theme of revenge is one that has effectively been played to death in cinema. Over the last few years, hugely successfully (in box office terms anyway) include Park Chan-Wook's 'Vengeance Trilogy', Kill Bill and Man on Fire. These films each attempted to paint this theme on a broad canvas but ultimately offered little to say on its subject matter.

In 80 minutes Peter Strickland manages to outstrip each of these films in this, his debut. That is outstrip them artistically, thematically and morally. Reminiscent in some ways of Tarkovsky in his use of sound and score to augment what occurs on screen, with a clear vision and purpose, Strickland has created a film that is at… Read more
The Man from London [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Istvan Lenart
The Man from London [DVD] DVD ~ Istvan Lenart
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my goodness..., 5 Sep 2010
This film is simply terrible. Often those reviewing this movie disparagingly are often accused of doing so on the grounds that they only can enjoy films like Transformers or can't tolerate 'Slow Cinema'. Clearly this is not the case. Tarr's other works like 'Damnation' and 'The Werckmeister Harmonies' were captivating and hypnotic. In both these Tarr's highly individual style serves the story. His fluid camera, the stillness, the score, the patient wait for the scene to unfold at it's own pace the luminous black and white cinematography all come together to form something lovely and challenging. In 'Werckmeister', the score and sound adds an extra dimension to a film that is haunting… Read more

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