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DVD Releases: ’44 Inch Chest’

WARNING: Contains spoilers The front cover of the 44 Inch Chest DVD is littered with four star reviews. Unfortunately, not one of them comes from a particularly reputable source, unless you turn to Nuts, Loaded or Bizarre […]

Film Review: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’

★★★☆☆ With such a ridiculous title, it would be unwise to go into Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) with the preconception that what you are about to see is anything but lavishly ludicrous. The plot fails […]

Blu-ray Releases: ‘Road to Perdition’

★★★★★ Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition (2002) is shot by the undoubted master of cinematography – Conrad Hall: the man who lit every rose in American Beauty (1999) with an individual spotlight; the man who reportedly […]

DVD Review: ‘Precious’

★★★☆☆ “Not since The Birth of a Nation has a mainstream movie demeaned the idea of black American life as much as Precious.” This was the view of New York Press columnist Armond White upon viewing Precious (2009), […]

Film Review: ‘Robin Hood’

★★☆☆☆ Has there been a better time in recent memory to return to the age-old English legend of a poor man willing to stand up to a nation’s greedy oppressors? Unfortunately, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (2010) manages to […]

Interview: Teddy Chan, ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’

CUEAFS founder Spencer Murphy met with legendary Hong Kong action director Teddy Chan at this year’s Terracotta Film Festival to talk about the state of Hong Kong cinema, young blood entering the industry and Mr. Chan’s latest award winning effort Bodyguards […]

Special Feature: Australian cinema – a broken industry?

Australia always seems to be in some kind of crisis. If the country isn’t stressing over its cultural identity, its busy ripping into its own precarious government (although it must be said that the Antipodean populace […]

DVD Releases: ‘No Country for Old Men’

After more than twenty years of producing highly intelligent, absurd, dark and hilarious independent movies, Joel and Ethan Coen finally struck Academy gold with their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s bestseller No Country for Old Men (2007). […]

DVD Releases: ‘The Road’

The struggle of any cinematic literary adaptation is the very transition from one medium to another. Novels are by their very nature prosaic, episodic and often rely heavily on narration to communicate both the plot and the emotive content […]

Interview: Joey Leung, Terracotta Film Festival

Terracotta Film Festival organiser and owner of UK specialist label Terracotta Distribution Joey Leung kindly agreed to an interview with the founder of CUEAFS Spencer Murphy. Here’s what was shared between the frenzy of screenings and […]

Film Review: ‘Dogtooth’

★★★★☆ Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (2009) is an unsettling examination of how easily the desire to control others can lead to tyranny. The film follows three teenagers confined with their parents in an isolated Greek country house. Surrounded by […]