Film reviews and more

Month: November 2010

DVD Releases: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

Where have all the orphans gone? In the grand tradition of children’s literature (and therefore, children’s films – now more than ever, it is inconceivable that there could be one without the other), the first obstacle […]

Film Review: ‘My Afternoons with Marguerite’

★★★★☆ With a graceful tone to match his existing body of work, director Jean Becker unveils his latest, My Afternoons with Marguerite (2010), a charming and serene film that explores an indispensable relationship between two unlikely French […]

Film Review: ‘We Are What We Are’

★★☆☆☆ Riding in upon an impressive swell of industry hype, mainly garnered from screenings at this year’s Cannes and New York Film Festivals, comes Mexican horror We Are What We Are (2010) from first time director […]

Theatrical Releases: ‘Red’

Action movies are a young man’s game. Or they used to be, before Sylvester Stallone resurrected the hard-man genre this summer with his team of middle-aged action heroes in The Expendables (2010).Now there’s a fourth Mission: […]

DVD Releases: ‘The Concert’

Providing a fresh take on the underdog story, Radu Mihaileanu’s The Concert (2009) tells the tale of one musician’s determination to conduct Tchaikovsky’s Concerto, a feat that was interrupted mercilessly thirty years before. Falling from grace […]

Barbican Film: ‘Moomins and the Comet Chase’

Moomins and the Comet Chase (2010) is a whimsical tale of adventure and fantasy that will capture the imagination of children and big kids everywhere. With a fantastic cast that includes Swedish father and son duo […]

LFF 2010: ‘The First Grader’ review

★★☆☆☆ Appearing very much at the tail-end of this year’s BFI London Film Festival, The First Grader (2010) has been somewhat underplayed among its brother and sister entries this year. Following his feature debut The Other Boleyn […]

Film Review: ‘Due Date’

★★☆☆☆ When it came to co-writing his latest comedy, Due Date (2010), The Hangover (2009) director Todd Phillips took more than a few leaves out of Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ (1987) unblemished book. Perhaps Due Date […]

Film Review: ‘Let Me In’

★★★☆☆ Predictably, there was an almost universal outcry of both lamentation and disgust when an American-based, English language remake of Swedish vampire masterpiece Let the Right One In (2008) – retitled Let Me In (2010) – […]

Theatrical Releases: ‘Another Year’

Disappointment and regret loom large in Mike Leigh’s latest film, Another Year (2010). From the opening shots of Janet’s (Imelda Staunton) pained expression as she desperately tries to recall a happy moment from her past, you […]

Zipangu Fest 2010: ‘Annyong Kimchi’

★★★☆☆ Self-discovery can take many forms and shapes, but in Tetsuaki Matsue’s case, it’s a 16mm independent autobiographical documentary. Annyong Kimchi (1999) (literally Hello Kimchi) is the Korean-Japanese director’s graduation project, a representative work for the […]

Interview: Jasper Sharp, Zipangu Fest founder

This past week, CUEAFS was privileged to have journalist and East Asian film& enthusiast Jasper Sharp in house to offer a rare screening of Tetsuaki Matsue’s Annyong Kimchee (1999), complimented by his lecture on independent film […]

LFF 2010: ‘Never Let Me Go’ review

★★★★☆ When Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go was first published in 2005, it found itself shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the Arthur C Clark Award and also the National Book Critics Circle Award. TIME Magazine named […]

Barbican Film: Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Blackmail’

When considering the many great works of Alfred Hitchcock, the title Blackmail (1929) is, for many, not one that would immediately spring to mind. Far more likely would be those famous household titles, such as Rebecca […]