Film reviews and more

Day: 10 October 2011

DVD Review: ‘Evil Things’

★☆☆☆☆ In today’s economically stringent times, there is no excuse for something as woefully inept as Evil Things (2009), the debut from director Dominic Perez. Filmmakers owe it to their public to make films which are at least entertaining, if […]

DVD Review: ‘Matching Jack’

★★☆☆☆ You feel bad disparaging a film such as Matching Jack (2010), the new drama by award winning director Nadia Tass, and starring such an impressive cast of luminaries as James Nesbitt, Richard Roxburgh, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jacinda Barrett. However, […]

DVD Review: ‘The Dead List’

★★★☆☆ Jean Reno: the coolest man with facial hair alive. Except in The Dead List (AKA Inside Ring, 2009), he has no beard. He’s beardless. It doesn’t sound like a big thing, but like the film itself, Jean sans stubble […]

DVD Review: ‘Hidden 3D’

★☆☆☆☆ It has to be said that Antoine Thomas’ Hidden (2011) is unquestionably one of the worst films I have seen in a very long time, let alone 2011. A more preposterous combination of plot, performances and directorial incompetence I […]

DVD Review: ‘Erik the Viking’

★★★☆☆ It looks like a Monty Python movie; it sounds like a Monty Python movie; it’s got two Monty Python members in it. But Erik the Viking (1989) – starring Tim Robbins, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney – is no Monty […]

DVD Review: ‘The Secret Laughter of Women’

★★☆☆☆ The Secret Laughter of Women (1999) is the first and only film to date from director Peter Schwabach and stars Colin Firth and Nia Long. This light-hearted romantic comedy set amongst a Nigerian community in southern France is a […]

DVD Review: ‘Bunraku’

★★★★☆ The increasingly popular hybrid sub-genre of the martial arts-western gets another entry in the form of Guy Moshe’s second feature, Bunraku (2010) – which stars Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore – although the term doesn’t […]

DVD Review: ‘Potiche’

★★★☆☆ Set in the 1970s and showcasing the crème-de-le-crème of French film talent, Potiche (2010) is a lovingly nostalgic journey into the flamboyant films of Jacques Demy and Jean Renoir. Directed by renowned filmmaker François Ozon and starring legendary French […]

DVD Review: ‘Le Quattro Volte’

★★★★★ Whilst critics fell over themselves for Terence Malick’s metaphysical journey The Tree of Life (2011) there was another, less successful but in no way inferior existential examination into creation and spirituality – Michelangelo Frammartino’s sublime Le Quattro Volte (2010).An […]

DVD Review: ‘Senna’

★★★★☆ You hold a memory clear in your mind and then years later you meet someone who shared the experience with you, a family picnic, a wedding, whatever, but their remember it in such a way as to make you […]