CineVue

Film reviews and more

Year: 2010

Barbican Film: ‘Hana-Bi’

Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano is without doubt one of the most influential figures in contemporary Japanese culture. From his humble beginnings as a young stand-up comic to his professional transition into the world of television and filmmaking, his rich and vastly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]