Film reviews and more

Day: 5 September 2011

Venice 2011: ‘Dark Horse’ review

★★★☆☆ Todd Solondz writes and directs Dark Horse (2011), in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. It tells the story of kidult Abe (Jordan Gelber), a 30-something avid collector of toys and action figures. Though initially portrayed as a […]

Venice 2011: ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ review

★★★★★ Fresh from its premiere at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) is without doubt the finest film of 2011 so far. With an ensemble cast showcasing the very best of British talent – including Gary […]

DVD Review: ‘As Blood Runs Deep’

★★☆☆☆ As Blood Runs Deep (2010) seeks to align itself within the contemporary crime film genre. There’s certainly a distinctive framework in place when we consider the thematic and often tonal similarities of a handful of key examples, including Mystic […]

DVD Review: ‘Robotropolis’

★★☆☆☆ I’m always dubious when a film is released almost simultaneously in the cinema and on DVD – are the producers hedging their bets? As a result it was with trepidation that I watched Robotropolis (2011), the new sci-fi adventure […]

DVD Review: ‘The Panic in Needle Park’

★★★☆☆ Dramas confronting the issue of heroin abuse are a particularly difficult challenge for filmmakers. The balance between creating an image of stark, unflinching reality and simply settling for cheap shock tactics is, indeed, a fine one. Jerry Schatzberg’s The […]

DVD Review: ‘Bobby Fischer Against the World’

★★★☆☆ “A must for all chess enthusiasts” – not really a great selling slogan – permit me to rephrase. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) is a must for all enthusiasts of brilliant documentaries. Liz Garbus, the film’s acclaimed director, […]

DVD Review: ’13 Assassins’

★★★★☆ From Takashi Miike – the twisted genius behind cult J-horrors Audition (1999) and Ichi the Killer (2001) – comes 13 Assassins (2010), a traditionalist yet bloody take on the samurai action adventure film which was rightly nominated for the […]