Film reviews and more

Day: 13 February 2012

Berlin 2012: ‘Friends after 3.11’ review

★☆☆☆☆ In March 2011, Japan was struck by a catastrophic earthquake, with the devastating tsunami that followed causing a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power station that sent ripples of discontent throughout the country. Director Iwai Shunji’s Friends after 3.11 […]

Berlin 2012: ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’ review

 ★★☆☆☆ Directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Jayne Mansfield’s Car (2012) is a fractured comedy drama set in the 1960s that’s built around a conflict of cultures. Boasting an ensemble cast which includes Robert Duvall, John Hurt and Kevin […]

Berlin 2012: ‘The Flowers of War’ review

★★★☆☆ The Flowers of War (Jin Ling Shi San Chai, 2011) is a dramatic portrayal of the horrendous Nanking massacre which occurred in 1937. Directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Christian Bale (soon to be seen reprising his role in […]

DVD Review: ‘Abduction’

★☆☆☆☆ Directed by John Singleton and featuring an all-star cast which includes The Twilight Saga star Taylor Lautner and young actress Lily Collins (soon to star in Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror) alongside Sigourney Weaver, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs and Alfred Molina, Abduction […]

DVD Review: ‘There Be Dragons’

★★☆☆☆ Let’s be clear about this – there are no dragons in Roland Joffé’s There Be Dragons (2011). Or, rather, the dragons are metaphorical. If that knowledge makes you fear a long and turgid film from Joffé, you’d be right […]

Berlin 2012: ‘Sister’ review

★★★★★ Following the success of her 2008 debut Home, director Ursula Meier returns with Sister (L’enfant d’en haut, 2011), a moving adolescent drama set against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps, and starring Kacey Mottet Klein, Léa Seydoux, Martin Compston and […]

DVD Review: ‘Sound It Out’

★★★★☆ Take an independent music store in a neglected area of the North East, a couple of diehard metal fans, a Status Quo rocker who wants to be buried in a coffin made of his own vinyl collection, and ‘charming’ […]

Berlin 2012: ‘Keyhole’ review

★★★★☆ Whilst Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist (2011) is sweeping up awards across the globe for its masterful use of cinematic nostalgia, it seems odd that the German expressionist-inspired works of Guy Maddin remains resigned to the appreciation of arthouse cinephiles. […]

Berlin 2012: ‘Shadow Dancer’ review

★★☆☆☆ James Marsh returns to fiction after a successful foray into documentary filmmaking with Shadow Dancer (2012), a harrowing thriller focusing on the troubles in Northern Ireland. Set in Belfast during the height of the IRA bombings, Marsh’s psychological tale […]