Game of Thrones Season 2 (Blu-Ray)

The presentation of Game of Thrones second season on Blu-Ray is, frankly, exceptional – the packaging is sumptuous and the discs come with a raft of special features, most impressive of which is the “In-Episode Guide” – essentially an appendix, providing for each scene, character bios, setting details and animated shorts where the characters narrate…

No Country for Old Men (2007) – A Defence

Lincoln Flynn’s recent essay argues that No Country for Old Men’s primary aim is to analyse the thematically significant perspective of Sheriff Bell, but that the film’s tonal disparity limits its artistic success: I don’t agree that the shift in tone is a shortcoming. NCFOM is a faithful adaptation of McCarthy’s novel, leaving the Coens’…

The Strokes – Comedown Machine (2013)

“Comedown Machine” is indebted to summery ‘80s pop (suggested by almost-title-track “’80s Comedown Machine”) rather than the rough-edge ‘70s garage/punk sound that drove The Strokes’ still-great debut. It’s a bit stale compared to the breath of fresh air of Is This It, but it’s not fair to criticise an album for what it isn’t, and…

The House of the Devil (2009)

Samantha Hughes watches out the window as the elderly couple who’ve hired her to “babysit” their bedridden relative leave, and while she doesn’t say a word, you can see her trepidation in her expression and body language. “It’s only four hours,” you can imagine her thinking. “How bad could it be?” Of course, Samantha doesn’t…