Venice 2011: ‘Killer Joe’ review

★★★★☆ Memories of director William Friedkin’s former glories, specifically The Exorcist (1973) and The French Connection (1971), have made sitting through past tripe like Jade (1995) and Rules of Engagement (2000) palpably depressing. So it is with great pleasure that I can report that Killer Joe (2011), which premiered at Continue Reading


Venice 2011: ‘Shame’ review

★★★★☆ British director Steve McQueen was first in Venice back in 2009, donning his artist’s hat and representing the UK at the Biennale Art Exhibition. Two years later and McQueen is back at the Venice Film Festival with his Hunger (2008) follow-up Shame (2011), starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.Shame is Continue Reading