Film reviews and more

Month: January 2012

Film Review: ‘Chronicle’

★★☆☆☆ The found footage formula – much like the recent trend of big budget, 3D filmmaking – appears to have just as many detractors as it does enthusiasts. The Paranormal Activity money train keeps trundling mercilessly on, and the occasional […]

DVD Review: ‘Cash’

★★★☆☆ It’s Oscar season and the film on everyone’s mind is Michel Hazanavicius’ directorial triumph The Artist (2011), starring Jean Dujardin in the lead role. The exciting buzz around Dujardin may explain the delayed DVD release date of Éric Besnard’s […]

DVD Review: ‘Go to Blazes’

★★★☆☆ Marketed as something of a forgotten gem of British comedy by distributors StudioCanal and available for the first time ever on DVD to commemorate its 50th anniversary, Michael Truman’s Go to Blazes (1962) is a charmingly light, cheerfully petite […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Rolling Thunder’

★★★☆☆ When a film is unavailable to the public due to censorship or distribution issues, film geeks will always get sweaty with excitement at the thought of getting their filthy hands on an illicit copy. Although John Flynn’s Rolling Thunder […]

DVD Review: ‘Sasha’

★★★★☆ There are two distinct camps (no pun intended) within the genre of gay cinema – those which cater for the physical elements and those, like Sasha (2010), which approach from an emotional angle. Starring Sasha Kekez, Tim Bergmann and […]

DVD Review: ‘A Bigger Splash’

★★★☆☆ The BFI reissue of Jack Hazan’s fascinating 1974 docudrama A Bigger Splash exploring David Hockney’s life between 1971-3 – after he separated from partner Peter Schlesinger – could not be more timely as it coincides with the opening of […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Four Flies on Grey Velvet’

★★★★☆ The third film in Dario Argento’s patchy ‘animals trilogy’, Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) is one of the filmmaker’s most stylistically satisfying films. Following his astonishing debut The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and the somewhat weaker […]

DVD Review: ‘Perfect Sense’

★★★★☆ David Mackenzie is one of Britain’s most versatile and under-appreciated directors – his films are exciting, innovative and flawed, though these qualities might be somewhat linked by his wilful experimentation. Perfect Sense (2011), the filmmaker’s seventh feature, is by […]

DVD Review: ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’

★★★☆☆ Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) – starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore – is an enjoyable, if flawed, US rom-com. Its multi-strand focus upon teenage obsession, twenty somethings dating, and a middle-aged couple […]

DVD Review: ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

★★★★★ Snubbed at this year’s Golden Globes, yet with 11 BAFTA nomintations and three Oscar nods for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Actor for its leading star Gary Oldman, Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was undoubtably […]

DVD Review: ‘Drive’

★★★☆☆ Much has been made of the American Academy’s apparent oversight in not fully recognising Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s effortlessly cool neo-noir Drive (2011) in the 2012 Oscar nominations – yet it’s easy to see why they came to […]

Film Review: ‘Eliminate: Archie Cookson’

★★★☆☆ Independently financed and produced, Robin Holder’s directorial debut Eliminate: Archie Cookson (2010) is an offbeat espionage thriller that successfully transcends the limitations of it meagre budget, with a cast including Paul Rhys, Claire Skinner, Paul Ritter and Georgia King.Archie […]

Film Review: ‘Acts of Godfrey’

★★☆☆☆ Whilst there is much to be enjoyed in Johnny Daukes’ debut feature Acts of Godfrey (2012), including the poetic musings of Simon Callow and a suitably dark and comedic performance by comedian Harry Enfield, the film ultimately fails to […]

Film Review: ‘House of Tolerance’

★★★★☆ Betrand Bonello’s latest film House of Tolerance (2011), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, is sumptuous cinema devoid of the typical clichés that plague costume dramas. Instead, it offers a bold and […]

Film Review: ‘A Monster in Paris’

★★★☆☆ If you know the track record of French animator Bibo Bergeron – responsible for 2004’s Shark Tale and 2000’s The Road To El Dorado– you may assume that it would be best to stay clear of his latest directorial […]

Film Review: ‘Like Crazy’

★★★☆☆ Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy (2011) is the latest in a long line of American independent films which have recently taken a bitter-sweet approach towards romance. Up-and-coming duo Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin (with support from Jennifer Lawrence) star as a pair of […]

Film Review: ‘The Grey’

★★★★☆ Chilling in every sense of the word, The Grey (2012) – though visually stunning – is unlikely to make you want to visit Alaska anytime soon. Starring Oscar nominee Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney, this thriller from […]