Film reviews and more

Month: March 2012

Film Review: ‘Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’

★★★★☆ From Britain’s Aardman Animations (the Oscar-winning team behind Wallace & Gromit and 2000 hit Chicken Run) comes The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2012), a brand new claymation escapade based on the off-the-wall book […]

DVD Review: ‘The Living Wake’

★☆☆☆☆ On occasion, a film sneaks out on release which really leaves you wondering why it even exists. Sol Tryon’s The Last Wake (2007) – starring Mike O’Connell and Jesse Eisenberg – an (apparently) darkly comic […]

DVD Review: ‘Kill Keith’

★☆☆☆☆ With a ‘celebrity’ lineup comprising of such TV icons as Joe Pasquale, Russell Grant, Tony Blackburn and – of course – Keith ‘Cheggers’ Chegwin, it genuinely defies belief that Andy Thompson’s Kill Keith (2011) ever […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

★★★★★ The American writer Chuck Klosterman once wrote how that are things which were over-rated (e.g. Adele), things that were under-rated (e.g. Cat Power) and things that were rated correctly (e.g. The Beatles) – and so […]

DVD Review: ‘Bombay Beach’

★★★★★ The most original documentary of 2011 comes to DVD replete with a selection of teasingly short but hugely moving extra features that extend the whole experience a few welcome minutes further. Music video director and […]

DVD Review: ‘Encounters’ (BFI release)

★★★★☆ With queer cinema experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years, the 2012 release of Encounters: Four groundbreaking classics of gay cinema – made up of short films by Lloyd Reckord, Andy Milligan, Bill Douglas […]

DVD Review: ‘The Yellow Sea’

★★★★☆ Director Na Hong-jin’s 2009 debut The Chaser, along with the works of Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook and Kim Ji-woon helped thrust the South Korean movie industry into the consciousness of Western audiences. However, a recent […]

DVD Review: ‘The Awakening’

★★★☆☆ Nick Murphy’s The Awakening (2011) is set in 1920s England and tells the chilling tale of a supposedly haunted boarding school. A very British affair, the film was shot on location in the UK and […]

DVD Review: ‘The Theo Angelopoulos Collection Vol. 3’

★★★★☆ There has been a sudden resurgence of interest in the unique cinema of Greek auteur Theo Angelopoulos since his tragic death earlier this year. His films are notoriously an acquired taste and, despite having a […]

DVD Review: ‘Wuthering Heights’

★★★★☆ British director Andrea Arnold’s uniquely visual adaptation of Emily Brönte’s Wuthering Heights (2011) was deplored by many for its slow pace, sparse dialogue and lean narrative. Yet it is these exact ‘criticisms’ that adversely make […]

DVD Review: ’50/50′

★★★☆☆ Loosely based on the story of Will Reiser (friend of producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg), Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in Jonathon Levine’s 50/50 (2011), a tentatively-labelled comedy about cancer. At just 27, Adam (Gordon-Levitt) is […]

New Directors/New Films 2012: ‘Omar Killed Me’

★★★★☆ Sometimes you know a film’s quality simply by the way it seems to single-handedly resurrect a particular sub-genre. Case in point: Roschdy Zem’s Omar Killed Me (2011), the kind of unjustly-accused courtroom drama that most […]