Film reviews and more

Month: July 2011

Film Review: ‘Arrietty’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ 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 […]

Film Review: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Advertisements ★☆☆☆☆ 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 […]

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

Advertisements ★★★★☆ 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 […]

‘Scala Forever’ Film Season: Preview

Advertisements 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 – […]

DVD Review: ‘No Surrender’

Advertisements ★☆☆☆☆ 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 […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Went the Day Well?’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ 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; […]

DVD Review: ‘Love Like Poison’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ 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 […]

DVD Review: ‘Evil Rising’ (‘Sauna’)

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ 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 […]

DVD Review: ‘Night and Fog’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ 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 […]

DVD Review: ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’

Advertisements ★★★★★ 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 […]

Film Review: ‘The Big Picture’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ 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 […]

Film Review: ‘Horrible Bosses’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ 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 […]

Film Review: ‘Beginners’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Mike Mills’ Beginners (2010) is an incredibly intelligent and sensitive film; it is well made, carefully thought out and has bags of quirky humour. The plot focus on a graphic designer Oliver whose world […]

Film Review: ‘The Lavender Hill Mob’

Advertisements  ★★★★☆ In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the truly brilliant British heist film directed by Charles Crichton, The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) has been digitally restored, rendering its image just as sharp as its Oscar-winning […]