Film reviews and more

Day: 10 January 2012

DVD Review: ‘Against the Current’

★☆☆☆☆ In Peter Callahan’s 2009 film Against the Current, Joseph Fiennes plays Paul Thompson, a depressed New Yorker with a tragedy in his recent past, who decides to swim down the Hudson from upstate to the sea. He enlists two […]

DVD Review: ‘Faces in the Crowd’

★★☆☆☆ With an increasingly multitudinous selection of film releases each week, it takes something special to make a movie stand out from the rest. However, as with the aptly named Faces in the Crowd (2011), many are just bland and […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Whisper of the Heart’

★★★★☆ Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s former protégé Yoshifumi Kondo (who sadly died before he could succeed Miyazaki), 1995 film Whisper of the Heart, much like Isao Takahata’s masterpiece Only Yesterday, is a lovingly crafted and well observed story about adolescent self […]

DVD Review: ‘The Big Picture’

★★★☆☆ The Big Picture (2010) sees director Eric Lartigau attempt to adapt Douglas Kennedy’s US-based novel of the same name within a French setting. Considering the wealth of well-made thrillers to emerge from the French film industry, it seems like […]