Film reviews and more

Month: August 2011

DVD Review: ‘Hatchet II’

★★☆☆☆ Finally seeing the light of day in its full uncut glory – Adam Green’s Hatchet II (2010) is released on DVD two years after the original movie tore up the slasher-horror scene. Set minutes after the first film ends, Hatchet II carries on the […]

DVD Review: ‘House of Boys’

★★☆☆☆ Jean-Claude Schlim’s House of Boys (2009) is centred around a gay cabaret club of the same name, home to a colourful array of camp characters who sing for their supper on a nightly basis. Frank (Layke Anderson) stumbles across his personal hedonistic haven after […]

DVD Review: ‘Outside the Law’ (‘Hors la loi’)

★★★★☆ Rachid Bouchareb’s Palme d’Or-nominated Outside the Law (Hors la loi, 2010) is much more than a fictionalised and reactionary account of the oppressed and the oppressor; it deals with a subject that is deeply embedded in the history of French/Algerian relations, arguably opening the […]

FrightFest 2011: ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ review

★★★☆☆ Apparently, Guillermo del Toro has been itching to make this one for years. In his youth, John Newland’s 1973 haunted house tale became a by-word for ‘creepy’ between himself and friends. Having secured the rights to produce his own version of Don’t Be Afraid […]

DVD Review: ‘The Colour of Pomegranates’

★★★★☆ Armenian director Sergi Paradjanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates (1968), starring Sofiko Chiaureli, is not what you would call a traditionally entertaining film. A more appropriate set of terms would be, intriguing, intelligent and challenging. The film does not possess a conventional plot, although it […]

FrightFest 2011: ‘Rabies’ review

★★★★☆ In Latin, the word rabies translates literally as ‘madness’; something the pretty girls and boys visiting this deserted woodland could never have imagined. Aharon Keshales’ Rabies (Kalevet, 2010) violently breaks all the conventions of the slasher genre whilst simultaneously executing all the most successful scare […]

FrightFest 2011: ‘Troll Hunter’ review

★★☆☆☆ In the run-up to its Saturday screening at this year’s Film4 FrightFest, I can exclusively reveal that Norwegian mockumentary Troll Hunter (2010) revolves around the act of…troll hunting. It really is that simple – and one of the most striking examples of one dimensional, […]

Film Review: ‘The Skin I Live In’

★★★★★ From acclaimed director Pedro Almoldóvar, and starring Antonio Banderas and upcoming talent Elena Anaya comes The Skin I Live In (2011),an incredibly beautiful based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet. The Skin I Live In perfectly blends sci-fi, horror, thriller and drama in […]

Film Review: ‘One Day’

★★★★★ Film critics can be such heartless bastards at times. I’ve read many assassinations of One Day (2011) in the last 24-hours, and although I expected lots of whining and over-intellectualised prose, I was hoping Lone Scherfig’s follow up to An Education (2009) would have […]

Interview: Jason Momoa, star of ‘Conan the Barbarian’

To celebrate the release today of Marcus Nispel’s remake of the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger action adventure Conan the Barbarian (2011), we caught up with the film’s star Jason Momoa. Perhaps best-known for his role as Khal Drogo in HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones, Momoa’s […]

Film Review: ‘Conan the Barbarian’

★★★☆☆ Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa’s rendering of Robert E. Howard’s iconic ‘sword and sorcery’ hero Conan the Barbarian (2011) is lavished with all the snazzy technology of the modern day as he is thrust into finely constructed animated worlds, even fighting computer animated […]