Film reviews and more

Month: February 2012

Film Review: ‘Michael’

★★★★☆ How the Daily Mail are yet to rise in uproar against Markus Schleinzer’s directorial debut Michael (2011) is anyone’s guess. The Austrian filmmaker’s first feature is a markedly cold, matter-of-fact depiction of five months in the life of a practising paedophile who has imprisoned a […]

Film Review: ‘Wanderlust’

★★★☆☆ Role Models (2008) director David Wain, returns with the much funnier and more entertaining Wanderlust (2012), which reunites comic actor Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston for the first time since Friends. Young couple George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) live in a tiny apartment in […]

Film Review: ‘This Means War’

★★★☆☆ Few directors have been derided by critics as much as This Means War (2012) helmsman McG. They justifiably gave the man a kicking for the below par Charlie’s Angels (2000) and it’s godforsaken sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003). Yet although Terminator Salvation (2009) […]

Film Review: ‘Project X’

★☆☆☆☆ From producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover [2009], Old School [2003]) and first time director Nima Nourizadeh, Project X (2012) is a found footage-style examination of high school culture that successfully manages to sink to the lowest depths of entertainment.The moment Project X’s destructive catalyst […]

DVD Review: ‘Welcome to the Rileys’

★★☆☆☆ For those acquainted with the secretly R-rated, PG-lacquered wording of Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan in the dreaded Twilight series; brace yourselves for her thoroughly soapless mouth in Jake Scott’s indie effort Welcome to the Rileys (2010).Stewart plays a young, feisty but damaged stripper who […]

DVD Review: ‘The Front Line’

★★★★☆ Towards the end of the Korean War, high up on Aerok Hill, soldiers continue their fierce fighting in an ultimate battle for an insignificant piece of land. In a strategic move to determine the new border between the two Koreas, North and South both […]

DVD Review: ‘The Conformist’

★★★★★ Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1970) is one of the fiercest denunciations of the moral paralysis and intellectual cowardice that marked the fascist era in Italy. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Marcello Clerici, an upper class Italian who has agreed to collaborate in a plot to assassinate […]

DVD Review: ‘A Useful Life’

★★★☆☆ From Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj comes A Useful Life (2010), a swift eulogy to celluloid film from the perspective of real-life critic Jorge Jellinek (who bears a striking resemblance to our very own Alfred Molina), overseeing the final death throws of the beloved Cinemateca […]

DVD Review: ‘Restless’

★★★☆☆  Gus Van Sant’s Restless (2011), which debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes last year, fell out of view rather quickly. This may be because while it is certainly much more accessible than Van Sant’s arch-arthouse work like Elephant (2003) and Last […]

DVD Review: ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’

★★★☆☆ Best viewed on a brand new Sony Bravia HD TV, Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) is a noble, yet lightweight attempt to provide the audience with an insight into the murky world of advertising and product placement.Since the introduction […]

DVD Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’

★★☆☆☆ In a time when remaking classic fairytales has become something of a trend, it could come quite natural to think of Australian effort Sleeping Beauty (2011) as linked to the homonymous, popular tale by the brothers Grimm. In reality, though, with the fairytale this […]

DVD Review: ‘In Time’

★★★★☆ Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried lead a very handsome ensemble cast in Andrew Niccol’s film In Time (2011), released now on triple play DVD. Niccol wrote Peter Weir’s The Truman Show (1998) and made his directorial debut with the oft-forgotten Gattaca (1997), both clever […]