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BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Return’

★★☆☆☆ Following the recent influx of anti-war films with a more inwardly-looking perspective, Liza Johnson’s debut feature Return (2011) – which screens at this year’s 55th BFI London Film Festival – stars Linda Cardellini as a […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘The Ides of March’

★★★☆☆ One of the big-hitters of the 55th BFI London Film Festival and starring and directed by George Clooney, The Ides of March (2011) is a political drama with actor of the moment Ryan Gosling, Paul […]

Barbican Film: Mark Gatiss and Jonathan Rigby ScreenTalk

On 11 October, Halloween began early at the Barbican Centre with a screen talk by Mark Gatiss and film critic Jonathan Rigby, followed by a screening of Harry Kümel’s Belgian vampire film Daughters of Darkness (1971). […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Empire of Passion’

★★★☆☆ Nagisa Ôshima is no stranger to controversial topics and challenging conflicts, mixing life, death, love, sex and passion into ultimately powerful experiences. He does this once again in Empire of Passion (1978), which follows his […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘In the Realm of the Senses’

★★★★☆ Claimed by many to be a film that blurs the boundaries between art and pornography, Nagisa Ôshima’s In the Realm of the Senses (1976) – starring Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda and Aoi Nakajima – is […]

DVD Review: ‘Shiver’ (2008)

★★★★☆ If, like me, you felt modern horror movies had lost the plot, Shiver (2008) – a wonderfully stylish chiller from Spain – may just be enough to restore your faltering faith. Director Isidro Ortiz, the […]

DVD Review: ‘The Guardian’ (1990)

★★☆☆☆ No, this is not an in-depth look at the daily running of one of Britain’s top broadsheets, though that may have been more satisfying than The Guardian (1990), The Exorcist (1973) director William Friedkin’s demonic […]

DVD Review: ‘The Devil’s Kiss’

★☆☆☆☆ You know those films which are so bad they’re good? Well, unfortunately The Devil’s Kiss (1975) isn’t one. This (apparent) ‘Euro-terror’ classic from director Jordi Gigó – who gave us Porno Girls (1977) – is just […]