Film reviews and more

Month: July 2011

Special Feature: ‘The Keeper’ wins MOFILM Cannes 2011 Video Contest

With The Social Network (2010) and Holy Rollers (2010) star Jesse Eisenberg in attendance as lead judge, filmmakers Chris Bailey and Jake Naishwere’s mockumentary short The Keeper (2010) was announced as the winner of this year’s annual MOFILM Cannes 2011 Video Contest at the 58th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity..The Keeper is a quirky short about a man […]

Film Review: ‘Arrietty’

★★☆☆☆ Studio Ghibli is a name familiar to many, conjuring to the mind titles such as Princess Mononoke (1997), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and My Neighbour Tortoro (1988). Their latest endeavour is an adaptation of Mary Norton’s children’s classic The Borrowers, re-titled for modern audiences as Arrietty (2010).The story follows 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of her family who […]

Film Review: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

★☆☆☆☆ I have never really been comfortable with Captain America – star of new Marvel blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – as a superhero. Unlike Batman, Spider-Man or the majority of his The Avengers [2012] posse, there is no real edge to his character. He is simply a soldier with disturbing jingoistic attitudes, out to indoctrinate the […]

Summer Screen 2011: ‘The Skin I Live In’ review

★★★★☆ Last night, CineVue attended the UK premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s Palme d’Or nominee The Skin I Live In (2011), which also launched this year’s Film4 Summer Screen season at Somerset House. With an introduction from Almodóvar himself and stunning female lead Elena Anaya, and with industry guests including British filmmaker Mike Leigh, the stage was set for an […]

‘Scala Forever’ Film Season: Preview

Declarations of Hollywood’s severe decline may be well-founded (according to Nick James at Sight and Sound, the top performing films at the box office over the10-12 June weekend were all sequels), but never fear – the ‘Scala Forever’ film season is nearly here to wash away the mainstream doom and gloom.Beginning on 13 August and running through to 2 […]

DVD Review: ‘No Surrender’

★☆☆☆☆ When reading initial comments about Peter Smith’s 1985 No Surrender, written by Alan Bleasdale, all signs seemed to point to promising; hilarious premise, politically edgy content and a smattering of dark undertones captured amongst grainy Liverpudlian backdrops.The foot of the blurb hails it as “One of the great British comedies of the 80s”, with the Sunday Mail exclaiming […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Went the Day Well?’

★★★☆☆ Even if the films of Ealing Studios are not as widely viewed as they once were, any cinephile can probably describe the tone of their output: an easygoing atmosphere; charmingly British, often explicitly patriotic; and whether rural or urban in setting, they feature what has been referred to as the “Ealing village”. In Went the Day Well? (1942), […]

DVD Review: ‘Love Like Poison’

★★★☆☆ A quiet highlight of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Love Like Poison (2010) is the debut feature of Katell Quillévéré and sees the director delving into a meaty concoction of Catholicism, domestic discontentment and the temptations of young love, but does so in the most subtle and gentle of ways, teasing out the drama rather than throwing it […]

DVD Review: ‘Evil Rising’ (‘Sauna’)

★★☆☆☆ Evil Rising (also known as ‘Sauna’ [2008]), the second feature from award winning Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila, is a challenging horror film with a heavy, exceptionally well-achieved eerie atmosphere that doesn’t let up. Unfortunately, despite his efforts towards evoking supernatural chills, Annila doesn’t appear to have been all that interested in the horror-side of his film, which, with a […]

DVD Review: ‘Night and Fog’

★★★★☆ It’s hard to think of where to begin with a discussion of Alain Resnais’ incredibly powerful Night and Fog (1955). Is it appropriate to recommend a film that operates on such a seminal level that it transcends cinematic experience and filmic consumption, to instead become an artistic document that should be witnessed by all, not least to attempt […]

DVD Review: ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’

★★★★★ More than 50 years after winning the Special Jury Prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Alain Resnais’ first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour is being rereleased by the British Film Institute as part of a retrospective of the director’s work. It is to this day a powerful, enigmatic film that has lost none of its ability to shock.Resnais […]

Film Review: ‘The Big Picture’

★★☆☆☆ The Big Picture (2010) makes Swiss cheese look structurally sound. The central problem is the plot which, as anyone who watches a lot of films know, must be good if you’re trying to make a traditional, linear thriller. The story is about Paul (Romain Duris), who on the surface is a successful man who works for a good […]