Film reviews and more

Month: April 2011

ICA: ‘Eraserhead’

This week the ICA hosted a special screening of a genuine masterpiece of cult, avant garde cinema. Ever since its release thirty four years ago, David Lynch’s Eraserhead (1977) has remained a defining moment in the […]

DVD Releases: ‘Abel’

Those familiar with the name Diego Luna will most likely associate him with his breakthrough performance as Tenoch Iturbide, in Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También (2001). Having recently appeared alongside Sean Penn in Milk (2008) […]

DVD Review: ‘Confessions’

★★★★☆ Tetsuya Nakashima’s Confessions (2010) is a powerful exploration and dissection of what we understand about ourselves as human beings and the fine line between our civility and the reality of our innate primal behaviour. By […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Coraline’

Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009) is finally an example of how 3D doesn’t have to be solely about exploiting the ideas of spectacle. Being very much an anti-3D spectator, it would understandably take something fairly special to […]

DVD Releases: ‘The Tourist’

With a film of such critical acclaim as 2006’s The Lives of Others under his belt, it is absolutely unfathomable as to how Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has managed to create a film so desperately pathetic […]

DVD Releases: ‘Blood Simple’ (2011)

It takes an extraordinary director to decide to remake Blood Simple (1984). Reworking any Coen brothers movie would be a daunting task, but their flawless first film is almost untouchable. Zhang Yimou, though, has no fears […]

DVD Review: ‘Les Diaboliques’

★★★★★ The BFI has recently restored and released Henri-George Clouzot’s French classic spine-chiller-thriller Les Diaboliques (1955). The restoration is a great achievement and the final result looks truly beautiful. Whilst the horror element in this classic […]

Special Feature: Fantastic Factory Presents

For cult fans, this month sees the release of an exclusive four disc box set from the Fantastic Factory label, which is bound to draw a fair amount of interest and attention. ‘The Fantastic Factory presents’ […]

Film Review: ‘Little White Lies’

★★★★☆ This April sees the release of Guillaume Canets’ latest film, Little White Lies (2011). Canets is probably most well known for his performance in The Beach (2000), as Étienne, but he has also received critical […]

DVD Releases: ‘Monsters’

There’s nothing we like more at the moment than a good monster movie. If we assume that supply typically meets demand, then we can be pretty damn certain that with all the high-concept extraterrestrial creature features […]

Film Review: Cold Fish

★★☆☆☆ Whenever a film feels the need to sell itself on its controversial or shocking nature, you can usually be certain of a few things: tackiness, puerile shock tactics and, above all else, a director at […]

DVD Releases: ‘Rubber’

In narrative cinema, things usually happen for a reason (through cause and effect), but this is not always the case. A president may get shot; ET is brown; Adrian Brody has to hide in rubble, even though he […]

Interview: Gareth Edwards, director of ‘Monsters’

Recently, CineVue sat down with Monsters (2010) director Gareth Edwards to discuss his explosion onto the UK film scene and the challenges he faced in bringing his superb debut feature to life. He takes us through […]