Film Review: ‘Melancholia’

★★★★☆ It’s been over four months since Lar von Trier shocked the world’s press at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival by claiming he could “understand Hitler” and was himself  “a Nazi”, whilst discussing his new film Melancholia (2011). Whilst his choice of wording was obviously wildly insensitive, Von Trier’s outburst Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘The Green Wave’

★★★★☆ Breaking away from the traditional mould normally associated with documentary filmmaking, director Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave’s (2010) unconventional approach to the genre is more akin to fictitious storytelling, resulting in a powerfully engrossing and uniquely presented account of Iran’s Green Revolution.The Green Wave follows the protests which Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Broken Lines’

★★★☆☆ Broken Lines (2008) director Sallie Aprahamian has prior directorial credits for the BAFTA-nominated Teachers, This Life and The Sins, and was also hand-picked by writers/lead actors Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosa to take the reins. It proves a wise decision, as her intimate knowledge of North London seen through Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘The Debt’

★★★★☆ A brooding air runs at the core of director John Madden’s The Debt (2010). With Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington leading an impressive cast, and a screenplay by Matthew Vaughan, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, this dark thriller straddles the fine line between Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Red State’

★★★☆☆ A while back I posted a preview Red State’s (2011) history, writer/director Kevin Smith’s penultimate feature and first shot at horror. I’ve been waiting for it through initial mentions years back, to the last 12 months when Smith’s SModcast network has detailed the film’s fiercely independently-minded production and release. Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Abduction’

★★☆☆☆ Directed by John Singleton and featuring an all-star cast which includes The Twilight Saga star Taylor Lautner and young actress Lily Collins alongside Sigourney Weaver, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs and Alfred Molina, Abduction (2011) is a new, glossy action-thriller about lost identities and the pursuit of truth.Lautner plays Nathan, Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Weekender’

★★★☆☆ Weekender (2011) – the latest film from director Karl Golden and starring Zawe Ashton, Jack O’Connell and Henry Lloyd-Hughes – takes us back to the manic highs and crashing lows of the 1990s rave scene. The film follows two happy-go-lucky crooks, Matt (Lloyd-Hughes) and Dylan (O’Connel), who we see Continue Reading

Blu-ray Review: ‘Manhunter’

★★☆☆☆ For many, the infamous name of Hannibal Lecter will forever be synonymous with the performance of Sir Anthony Hopkins in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991). However, one of the big screen’s most notorious villains was first portrayed by fellow Brit Brian Cox in Michael Mann’s Manhunter Continue Reading