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Blu-ray review: The Tales of Hoffman

Starring: Moria Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Frederick Ashton
Director: Powell and Pressburger

Powell and Pressburger’s sumptuous Technicolor adaptation of Offenbach’s operetta – in which the poet hero chases various unattainable women, to little avail – has some brilliant moments, as when Frederick Ashton’s Cochenille unrolls a carpet which reveals a trompe l’oeil staircase, or, for that matter, whenever Moira Shearer is on screen. 330 more words


Blu-ray review: Rollerball

Starring: James Caan, John Houseman
Director: Norman Jewison

Even the film’s biggest fans would have to admit there’s a limit to how seriously you can take men on roller skates, but all the same Rollerball is a surprisingly sober and thoughtful movie, and far less kitsch and silly than you might expect. 535 more words


Interstellar Blu-ray Review

“All of our emotions are infallible and purposeful, it says, while simultaneously applying our own instincts against us in a wildly interesting narrative twist. But, instead of offering the full breadth of these potential philosophies, … 69 more words

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