Film reviews and more

Month: March 2012

Film Review: ‘Trishna’

★★★☆☆ Arguably Britain’s most prolific director, Michael Winterbottom returns to Thomas Hardy territory with Trishna (2011), a retooled version of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Relocated to present day India and shot in the beautiful rural area […]

Film Review: ‘Bel Ami’

 ★☆☆☆☆ Boasting an ensemble cast which includes Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas and Robert Pattinson, Declan Donnellan and Nick Omerod’s Bel Ami (2012) attempts to combine the sumptuous settings and period sensibilities of Guy […]

Film Review: ‘The Raven’

★★☆☆☆ For anyone who has seen Douglas Hickox’s sublimely macabre 1973 horror Theatre of Blood, the basic plot of James McTeigue’s The Raven (2012) should feel more than familiar. In place of the works of Shakespeare, […]

Special Feature: First Light Awards 2012

Supported by nurturing elders in schools, film clubs and even local therapy groups, directors and producers as young as eight were celebrated at the annual First Light Awards this week. A red carpet and dash of […]

Special Feature: ‘Directory of World Cinema: Hollywood’

Intellect’s The Directory of World Cinema has many times proven its worth as an invaluable resource for film fanatics and academics alike, but with American Hollywood, edited by Lincoln Geraghty, the series has out done itself. For […]

DVD Review: ‘Chung Kuo China’

★★★★☆ It’s hard to believe with today’s press freedom, even within former Communist countries, the stir Michelangelo Antonioni’s documentary Chung Kuo China (1972) caused upon its initial release. In a country still under the crimson shadow […]

DVD Review: ‘Tomboy’

★★★★☆ One of last year’s hidden gems and BAFTA longlisted for Best Film Not in the English Language, Céline Sciamma’s second feature Tomboy (2011) is a charming, bittersweet tale placed within the formative years of childhood. […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Dracula: Prince of Darkness’

★★★★★ Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), the first Hammer classic to be rereleased by StudioCanal in its restored and remastered Blu-ray collection, is quite simply one of the finest examples of horror cinema ever made. Even […]

DVD Review: ‘Anonymous’

★★☆☆☆ The idea that the works attributed to William Shakespeare were written by somebody else is an interesting historical conspiracy. The likes of Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon have all been suggested by various scholars […]

DVD Review: ‘Game of Thrones: Season 1’

★★★☆☆ Following in the footsteps of The Sopranos, The Wire and most recently Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s latest hit series is another sprawling epic featuring an enormous cast of diverse characters. However, rather than the drug-ravaged streets […]

Interview: ‘John Carter’ press conference

CineVue were lucky enough to be in attendance at the recent London press conference for Disney’s upcoming sci-fi behemoth John Carter (2012). We’ve already seen and reviewed the film (read our thoughts here), but it was […]

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012: Full lineup announced

UniFrance Films recently announced the full line up for this year’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema – a celebration of French filmmaking held across five cinemas in London (21-24 March) and Edinburgh (23-25 March). This unique festival […]

DVD Review: ‘Miki Satoshi Collection’

★★★★☆ Like any really good comedic filmmaker, Satoshi Miki is deadly serious at least part of the time – and like any great comedic filmmaker, he takes considerable pains to make sure you don’t notice it. […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Repo Man’

★★★★☆  Rereleased on Blu-ray under Eureka’s Masters of Cinema label, 1984 cult classic Repo Man is the debut film of actor, writer and director Alex Cox, and become a sleeper hit amongst sci-fi fans upon release […]

Film Review: ‘If Not Us, Who?’

★★☆☆☆ Purporting to present a previously unseen story in the build up to the 1968 West German protests and formation of Baader-Meinhof movement, Andres Veigel’s If Not Us, Who? (Wer wenn nicht wir, 2011) is a […]