DVD Review: ‘Parked’

★★☆☆☆ Darragh Byrne’s debut feature Parked (2011), starring Bel Ami’s Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan, is a disappointing example of contemporary Irish cinema, especially when compared to last year’s triumphant and hugely successful comedy The Guard (2011). The film follows Fred Daley (Meaney), who returns from England without cash or Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Special Forces’

★★★☆☆ Stephane Rybojad’s Special Forces (Forces spéciales, 2011) follows a French military unit’s high-risk mission to rescue anti-war correspondent Elsa Casanova (Diane Kruger) from Taliban capture. Taken hostage by Taliban insurgents, Elsa and a companion face the threat of eminent execution by order of high command, whilst back in France, Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Wreckers’

★★★☆☆ From first-time director D.R. Hood and starring the unquestionable talents of Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shaun Evans, Artificial Eye’s Wreckers (2011) clearly has a great deal going in its favour. Its Ely (Cambridgeshire) setting makes a refreshing change from the majority of London-centric releases, its cast is populated Continue Reading