Film reviews and more

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 […]

DVD Releases: ‘Patagonia’

Directed by Marc Evans, Patagonia (2010) tells two parallel stories about road journeys, one in Argentina and the other in Wales. The premise seems promising enough and could have resulted in a great movie. Instead it […]

DVD Review: ‘Ironclad’

★★★☆☆ Swords, knights, castles and a cruel king, what more could a boy ask for? Not much! Ironclad (2011) shows what a talented director can do on a relatively small budget (roughly $25,000,000). It appealed to […]

Film Review: ‘The Tree of Life’

★★★★☆ To be honest, this is more of a purge than a review. Since I saw The Tree of Life (2011) in a sweaty London screening room two weeks ago it has infected me with dread . […]

Film4 Summer Screen 2011: Preview

From 27 July through to 7 August, London’s Somerset House plays host to the Film4 Summer Screen. Events include the UK premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In (2011) and a series of ‘BEHIND […]

Special Feature: Risky Business

With world economics in a sorry state and arts funding being cut left right and centre you may think it absurd of me to suggest that any good could come of it all. It is my […]