All posts by Steven Ryder

Steven Ryder is a Film and TV graduate and a quintessentially British lover of film in that he never really watches British films. Moderator of one of the internet's largest film discussion forums, TrueFilm, Steven is dedicated to lurching between trash and high art, often resulting in a cinematic whiplash of sorts.
  • WILLARD & BEN – Blu-Ray Review ***

    It would be nice to say that back in the seventies evil rat films were all the rage but, funnily enough, they were not. Willard,...

  • Sundance London: Bushwick Review ***

    The dissimilitude between cinema and video games often centres around the active versus the passive, the way in which playing a video games makes us a participant...

  • Sundance London: A Ghost Story *****

    Risk-taking in mainstream American cinema is a rare quality to encounter right now. With a certain amount of tentpole pictures being produced and not really leaving room for...

  • Sundance London: Wilson – Review ****

    Daniel Clowes, adapting his own graphic novel into the screenplay of Wilson, came to the attention of the mainstream public with 2001’s Ghost World, also written for...

  • Eyes of Fire – Review ****

    We tend to look back at horror in the 1980’s with a certain sense of fondness, disgust and incredulity. The state of the genre was...

  • Crimson – Review *

    Being a Eurotrash film enthusiast must be hard work, comparable to the tribulations of the men and women who travelled west during the gold rush...

  • Umberto D. – Blu-ray Review *****

    How to approach an established classic like Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 Umberto D, newly released on Blu-Ray, when writing from a comfortable 21st century perspective?...

  • Zombie Lake – Review **

    Zombies are often utilised by filmmakers who want to instill empathy towards the monster that represents the physical threat in their film. They are the...

  • Toni Erdmann – Review *****

    “Not only does German humour exist, it might just save your life!” reads one of the review soundbites on the poster for Toni Erdmann. As...

  • Indochine – Review ****

    Film is, more often than not, romantic by nature. Although there are filmmakers that fight against romanticism in cinema, sometimes with success and sometimes with...