Film reviews and more

Month: July 2011

Film Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’

★★★★☆ The Hogwarts Quidditch pitch dwindles in flames. Death Eaters mercilessly attack students with hexes and killing curses in the blazing courtyard. Stone soldiers battle giant trolls whilst fending off a huge army of bloodthirsty wizards. […]

DVD Releases: ‘The Round Up’

Rose Bosch’s The Round Up (2010) retells the story of the infamous Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup during the Second World War where over 13,000 Parisian Jews, including 4000 children, were dragged out of their homes and forced […]

DVD Review: ‘Bane’

★☆☆☆☆ Fresh off a purportedly successful festival run, James Eaves’ Bane (2009) is an unfocused, inexcusably poor horror movie that fails to raise even a single hair or goosebump throughout its tedious and overextended two hour […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’

★★★★★ It’s a shame to think of a legendary director as a soulless till-ringer, but ever since 2005 Steven Spielberg’s films have been nothing but disappointing moneyspinners. Throughout his entire career there have been peaks and […]

Film Review: ‘Super’

★★★★☆ First up, James Gunn’s Super (2010) is not a rip off of Kick-Ass (2010). Sure they are both films about somebody without super powers who dresses up in a silly costume and decides to fight […]

Film Review: ‘The Princess of Montpensier’

★★★★☆ Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier (2010) is one of the finer examples in recent years of a good historical romp, with love affairs and sword-fights aplenty realised in an intelligent and captivating manner. Stylistically, […]

Film Review: ‘A Separation’

★★★★☆ Writer and director Asghar Fahadi’s latest film A Separation (2011) is a testament to what is wonderful about world cinema and approaches a subject universal to all. Whether you are from the East, South, North […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Don’t Look Now’

★★★★☆ Director Nicholas Roeg’s film adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s short story, Don’t Look Now (1973) is recognisable for its use of recurring themes and a Hitchcockian style of editing. The combination of foreboding subject matter […]

DVD Releases: ‘Henry of Navarre’

Originally shot as a two part mini-series for German television, Jo Baier’s historical romp Henry of Navarre (2010, aka ‘Henri 4‘) arrives on DVD shaved down to a still hefty 148 minutes. An odd choice, not […]

DVD Review: ‘Donor Unknown’

★★★☆☆ Donor Unknown (2010) charts the seemingly unique story of 20-year-old JoEllen Marsh and her burning curiosity to know more about her anonymous donor father. After discovering an online registry which connects donor-conceived children, she manages to […]

DVD Review: ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plumage’

★★★★★ “That Italian fellow is starting to make me nervous”, purportedly the words of Alfred Hitchcock upon stumbling out of this taught thriller, released nearly ten years to the day after Psycho (1960) birthed the slasher […]