DVD Releases: ‘Sex and the City 2’

There is no doubt that the Sex and the City franchise is one of the most successful in television history. The series is popular with teenagers and women alike, and its stars have become style icons for fans to the point where many have dressed for theatre showings in attire that Continue Reading

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DVD Releases: ‘Splice’

Vincenzo Natali’s Splice (2009) crept into cinemas earlier this year well out of reach of most cinemagoer’s radars. Tackling some unsettling scientific ethics as well as grappling some thorny moral issues, Splice offers an engrossing and, rather uniquely, fresh story that sets it apart from most other recent cinematic releases.When Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Leap Year’

★☆☆☆☆ A depiction of intense loneliness and psychosexual torture, Michael Rowe’s minimalist debut feature Leap Year (Año bisiesto, 2010) raises many a difficult question with regards to its seemingly complex gender politics. It follows the life of Laura, played with vulnerable perfection by Monica Del Carmen, a lonely freelance journalist who lives alone Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘The American’

★★☆☆☆ As an artist known primarily for his work as a music video director and band photographer, Anton Corbijn’s latest project The American (2010), starring George Clooney, could well be seen as a drastic departure from his well established roots. His debut feature Control (2007) yielded great critical acclaim, although Continue Reading

Theatrical Releases: ‘Mammoth’

After producing a string of super low budget features in his native Sweden, Mammoth (2010) is the first multi-national picture by acclaimed writer-director Lukas Moodysson, and “multi-national” really is the adjective of choice.Mammoth is structured around the New York-based Vidales family: the father, Leo (Gael Garcia Bernal), an internet game Continue Reading

Theatrical Releases: ‘Chico and Rita’

Refreshingly cast in eye-popping animation of a more traditional, “pre-digimation” variety, Chico and Rita (2010) softly commences on a steamy night in Havana in 1948. Born out of a close collaboration between Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and celebrated Spanish artist Javier Mariscal, this visually distinctive feature details a classical story Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Dream Home’

★★★★☆ With such a delightfully intriguing premise, it’s no wonder Pang Ho-Cheung’s slasher film Dream Home (2010) has garnered such playful taglines as “A view to a kill”, “Don’t try this at home” and “What would do, if someone blocked your view?”. But don’t let cheesy puns or rhyming couplets put Continue Reading

Film Review: Aftershock

★★★☆☆ Aftershock, China’s first official IMAX movie, might attract praise or criticism for many different reasons, but it’s certainly not the kind of film to leave viewers indifferent. Based on the events of the 1976 earthquake in Tangshan, Hebei province, Xiaogang Feng’s film follows the aftermath of a shattering natural disaster. Continue Reading