Film reviews and more

Month: January 2011

Barbican Film: Andrei Konchalovsky Directorspective

Gloss, released in 2007, will be screening at the Barbican this month on Saturday 20 with an introduction from the director himself as part of the ‘Andrei Konchalovsky Directorspective‘. Each film has been chosen by Konchalovsky and […]

Special Feature: Watch films online with LOVEFiLM

The LOVEFiLM service is now available through a user interface on all SONY BRAVIA Internet Video TVs, Internet@TV Samsung TV models, with Blu-ray players, Home Cinema System, as well as through the Xbox, PS3 and home computers. […]

DVD Releases: ‘Catfish’

Catfish (2010) is unlike anything I’ve ever seen; even defining its genre proves problematic. I’d like to settle on docu-thriller, but its ever-changing tone means you don’t really know what you’re watching until the film’s conclusion. The problem […]

DVD Releases: ‘Gainsbourg’

If there’s one thing that Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg (2010) – an innovative biopic of cult French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg – told me, it’s that he smoked…a lot. And sometimes, he didn’t shave for a few days. […]

DVD Releases: ‘I’m Still Here’

Knowing in advance that I’m Still Here (2010) is in fact a mockumentary does little to help in making sense of Casey Affleck’s up-close and uncomfortably personal documentary. Following Joaquin Phoenix after his declaration of retirement […]

Barbican Film: ‘Seven Samurai’

Proceeding last month’s brilliant Takeshi Kitano programme, it was typically appropriate for the Barbican to round off the Akira Kurosawa Directorspective season with a screening of the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Seven Samurai (1954).Kurosawa’s fifteenth […]

Film Review: Season of the Witch

★★★☆☆ Death, plague, Nicolas Cage – what could possibly unite such an unholy trilogy. Could it be… witchcraft? Dominic Sena’s plumping for a big fat yes with his ridiculous titled effort Season of the Witch (2010) (not […]

Film Review: ‘127 Hours’

★★★★☆ Foresight is a wonderful thing. With the gift of foresight, British director Danny Boyle – perhaps best known for the cult classic Trainspotting (1996) and 2008’s Academy Award-winning, feel good hit Slumdog Millionaire – would […]

Film Review: ‘The King’s Speech’

★★★★☆ The King’s Speech (2010) delves deep into the relationship between two men – one a common man and the other a royal – by exploring the romance of true friendship and asks us to invest […]

Film Review: ‘The Next Three Days’

★★☆☆☆ An argument at the office holds horrifying consequences for Elizabeth Banks’ Lara Brennan in Paul Haggis’s The Next Three Days (2010). After police raid her idyllic family home – where she lives happily with husband […]

Special Feature: The Most Anticipated Films of 2011

Happy New Year one and all and welcome officially to 2011! The last twelve months have arguably been a great cumulative year for cinema, but with new films scheduled for release from British Oscar winner Danny […]

Barbican Film: Andrei Konchalovsky Directorspective

This January, Barbican Film’s regular director retrospective series presents the films of one of Russia’s best known and revered Russian film makers, Andrei Konchalovsky.Konchalovsky was student to the celebrated Mosfilm veteran Mikhail Romm at VKIG (Moscow State Film […]

DVD Releases: ‘Freakonomics’

Based off the bestselling book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics (2010) brings together five documentary film makers – each tackling their own unique chapters loosely relating to an aspect of the human condition – including Morgan […]