Film reviews and more

Day: 3 October 2011


DVD Review: ‘Metamorphosis’

★★☆☆☆ You’re in trouble when a film champions Mr. Highlander himself, Christopher Lambert, as its ‘star’. Metamorphosis (2007), by Hungarian director Jeno Hodi (responsible for such gems as Guns and Lipstick [1995]) and co-starring virtual unknowns Corey Sevier, Irena A. Hoffman, Jeniffer Higham and Charlie Hollway, is a […]


DVD Review: ‘The Insatiable Moon’

★★★☆☆ Apparently a huge hit with audiences back in its homeland of New Zealand, The Insatiable Moon (2010), was directed by Rosemary Riddell from a screenplay by her husband Mike Riddell, based on his own novel. It follows a set characters in the Ponsonby suburb of Auckland City, […]


DVD Review: ‘Sawako Decides’

★★★☆☆ In Yûya Ishii’s Sawako Decides (2010), all the ingredients for a rites of passage rom-com are evident. In a world very similar to the quirky and misunderstood setting of Ishii’s own Girl Sparks (2007), an aspiring middle-class girl will find her way back to her roots and […]


DVD Review: ‘Ju-on: The Grudge’

★★★★☆ Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on: The Grudge is rereleased on DVD in two-disc special edition incarnation today, and its ability to chill you to your very core has not even slightly diminished, eight years after release. It’s a relatively straightforward J-horror, but it works to utterly devastating effect. Just don’t […]


DVD Review: ‘Gantz’

★★☆☆☆ The original manga version of Gantz shocked even hard-nosed fans when it introduced a whole new level of over-the-top violence, gore, and nudity. The obvious next step was a live action movie that would provide a definitive powerhouse title for a franchise already on its way to […]


DVD Review: ‘Rio Breaks’

★★★★☆ Justin Mitchell’s documentary Rio Breaks (2009) follows the bitter-sweet story of Naama and Fabio, two residents of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious Favela de Pavao. Both dream of escaping the traumas and deadly temptations of their environment through surfing the waves off the stunning Arpoador Beach. As they […]


DVD Review: ‘Chalet Girl’

★★☆☆☆ Directed by Phil Traill and starring Felicity Jones, Bill Nighy, Ed Westwick and Tamsin Egerton, Chalet Girl (2011) is a take on the ‘coming-of-age’ genre with a definite chick-flick flavour. Jones plays Kim, a 19-year-old tomboy who works in a fast food shop to support her cash-strapped, […]