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 exorcist mockumentary will still manage to take the US box Continue Reading

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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 Cash, which originally hit cinemas in 2008 and also featured Continue Reading

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 film about a trio of motley amateurs and their attempts Continue Reading

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 Yvonne Yung Hee, the latest film from writer/director Dennis Todorovic Continue Reading

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 far his strangest and most unique to date – and Continue Reading

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 such a decision. Refn’s thriller – starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Continue Reading