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 they want them to part with their hard earned cash. Continue Reading

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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, being honest, it really is one of the most dispiriting Continue Reading

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 struggle to recall, as Hidden manages to fail on just Continue Reading

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 really come close to describing the cultural blend of influences Continue Reading

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 actors Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, Potiche is a comedy Continue Reading