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 Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Horrible Bosses’

★★★★☆ Hot on the heals of gross-out comedy Bridesmaids (2011) comes Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses (2011). Friends Nick, Dale and Kurt share a common problem: they all hate their bosses. Nick (Jason Bateman) works for tyrannical Mr Harken (Kevin Spacey), who shamelessly bullies and torments him. Dale (Charlie Day) is Continue Reading