Film reviews and more

Month: 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]