Shaft [2019] – review (Netflix)

Back in 1971, a seminal blaxploitation film was released. Gordon Parks’ Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree in the lead role as John Shaft, was a landmark film in cinema. Shaft was a character that was unashamedly black, embracing black culture and attitudes of the times against the backdrop of an America trying to find an identity after the upheaval of the sixties, a decade that saw the civil rights movement, the assassination of John F Kennedy and the last years of the Vietnam war. 

Le Jeu – Netflix (review)

    Nothing to Hide or Le Jeu, to give it its French title, is a film about seven adult friends, three couples and one man whose partner cannot attend, who meet up for a dinner party. The film explores the dynamics not only between the friends but also that of each couple and individual.…

The New Legends of Monkey – review

Monkey was a late seventies Japanese television series that aired in the early eighties here in the UK. Quickly gaining popularity, it became a cult hit, with every teenage schoolboy - as that is what I was when it aired - rushing home to see it. Less violent than another martial arts series of the…