Film reviews and more

Month: September 2010

Film Review: ‘City of Life and Death’

★★★★☆ City of Life and Death (2009) tells the story of the war atrocities of Nanjing China 1937, when the Japanese Imperial Army invaded the former Chinese capital, committing mass murders, ritual rapes and horryfying torture of the citizens. This […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’

★★★☆☆ Released 26 years ago, Wes Craven’s 1984 slasher A Nightmare on Elm Street will forever be remembered for introducing the charismatic villain Freddy Krueger into pop culture – yet A Nightmare on Elm Street isn’t principally about Freddy. The […]

Theatrical Releases: ‘Frozen’

Adam Green wants to be Steven Spielberg. Within the press notes that accompanied the preview screening of his latest feature, Frozen (2010), Green very overtly expresses his undying love for the legendary director. In addition, the film itself is peppered with references to […]

Barbican Film: Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger’

It was only just last year that we saw filmmakers take another crack at this old nut. Cribbing the original title and whisking Hitchcock’s 84-year-old thriller away to the sprawling hills of West Hollywood, we find another ‘Alfred’ – in […]

Interview: Meir Zarchi, ‘I Spit on Your Grave’

In a recent interview with Meir Zarchi, the horror director spoke openly throughout about the film that sealed his place in cult film history, whilst also explaining how his passion for cinema is still going strong, thirty two years on […]

DVD Review: I Spit on Your Grave

★★★★☆ The original I Spit on Your Grave has continued to arouse passionate and polarised responses from audiences since its release in 1978. Banned in nearly every country at some stage and with numerous versions still censored today, it may come […]

DVD Review: ‘Mother’

★★★★☆ Revered director Bong Joon-ho is one of a number of South Korean directors that have (rightly) garnered recognition for his cinematic work in the West. His latest film Mother (2009), is a wonderful achievement which deserves just as much praise […]

DVD Releases: ‘Trash Humpers’

The first thought that will undoubted spring to your mind when you begin watching US indie director Harmony Korine’s latest oddity Trash Humpers (2009) is,”OK, this is weird”. The more you watch though, the more you realise that “weird” is an absolute understatement. […]

DVD 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 miss a ripe […]

DVD Review: ‘The Ghost’

★★★★☆ Adam Lang, the disgraced ex-British Prime Minister depicted in political thriller The Ghost (2010) and Roman Polanski, the film’s veteran director, share one thing in common – controversy. Unfortunately for both Polanski and his latest effort, The Ghost’s release […]

Cigarette Burn: The Comic Strip presents…

The movie based on popular comic strip Marmaduke (2010) is out in cinemas now. Marmaduke? Oh, you know Marmaduke, the big dog, created in 1954 and still being made to this day. You must know what I mean!? It’s Marmaduke! […]

Theatrical Releases: ‘Winter’s Bone’

Hands up who knows what the Ozark Mountains look like? Well, you won’t soon forget after watching this bleak thriller. Winter’s Bone (2010) is the hot tip for awards success this year, and it’s not hard to see why: you […]

Film Review: ‘The Horde’

★★☆☆☆ After a number of years of low grade obscurity, the mid-2000s saw somewhat of a resurgent return to form for zombie-kind, thanks in no small part to the rage infected, sprinting killing machines of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later […]

Special Feature: The fluidity of identity in British cinema

With an industry so frequently considered as ‘lagging behind’ the successes of the mainstream provided by Hollywood, British Cinema seems somewhat subjugated by its dominant overseas counterpart. Furthermore, the artistic ‘otherness’ of a European cinema arguably fills the void in […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Delicatessen’

★★★☆☆ Released for the first time on Blu-ray as part of the StudioCanal Collection comes Delicatessen (1991), Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s surreal, post-apocalyptic rom-com about the cannibalistic tenants of an apartment block run by a sadistic butcher, set against […]