Film reviews and more

Month: January 2011

DVD Releases: ‘Black Dynamite’

Ever since Scary Movie was released back in 2000, the art of “spoof” has taken a brutal and savage mauling. Having set in motion a chain of unspeakably bad, not to mention painfully unfunny follow ups […]

Film Review: ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

★★★★☆ Somebody once said of iconic actress Audrey Hepburn that she was not a great actress in the “traditional sense”. Whether true or not, this did not prevent her star from shining: her style, charisma and […]

Film Review: ‘The Portuguese Nun’

★☆☆☆☆ As a film that has been met with almost unanimous critical praise, I am still wondering whether it was in fact Eugene Green’s A Portuguese Nun (2009) that I painfully and, eventually, begrudgingly endured. For […]

Film Review: ‘Black Swan’

★★★★★ Black Swan (2010) is a work of chilling beauty. Its excellent cinematography, dance, and music – all accompanied by the performance of an exciting cast – makes it a delicacy for the eyes and ears. […]

DVD Releases: ‘Betrayal’

  Having just said goodbye to 2010 – a year which few would argue had been a particularly impressive one for the world of cinema – it is with a hint of disappointment that I must […]

Baftas 2011: ‘The King’s Speech’ bags fourteen noms

The nominations were announced this morning for the 2011 Baftas, with Tom Hooper’s period drama The King’s Speech (2010) leading the way with fourteen nominations including Best Film and Best Actor for Colin Firth’s turn as […]

DVD Review: ‘Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment’

★★★☆☆ As a film that deals with themes of insanity, jealousy, romance and class division, whilst simultaneously skipping between madcap comedy and tragic love story, it is little wonder that Karel Reisz’s Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment […]

DVD Review: ‘Soul Men’

★★★☆☆ It amazes me that Soul Men (2008) didn’t get much exposure when it was first released in November 2008, given the two star names attached to the feature, namely Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac and Isaac […]

DVD Releases: ‘Certified Copy’

Certified Copy is the first of Abbas Kiarostami’s features to be filmed outside his native Iran. He is renowned for his use of non-professional actors, but here he employs the considerable talents of Juliette Binoche (winner […]

Special Feature: ‘Bruce Lee, My Brother’

Acclaimed Chinese director Raymond Yip’s Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010) is not the high kicking martial arts amalgamation one might expect from the title, but instead takes a sentimental journey from the renowned actor’s childhood through […]

Film Review: ‘Amer’

★★★☆☆ Amer (2009) co-director Bruno Forzani has himself admitted that Dario Argento’s cult classic Tenebrae (1982) was one of the main inspirations for the movie, having seen it 17 times as a self confessed “giallo”  fan […]

Film Review: ‘Conviction’

★★★☆☆ Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction (2009) treads the well worn path of many of its BFI London Film Festival contemporaries this year – Julian Schnabel’s Miral (2010) and Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours (2010) to name but two – in […]