Film reviews and more

Day: 21 May 2012

Cannes 2012: ‘The Hunt’ review

★★★★☆ Danish director Thomas Vinterberg enters the chase for the Palme d’Or with The Hunt (Jagten, 2012), a tense thriller about a primary school teacher unjustly accused of paedophilia. Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a recent divorcee in the midst of […]

DVD Review: ‘Piggy’

★★☆☆☆ There is much to admire in the approach London Film School graduate Kieron Hawkes has taken in writing and directing his debut feature Piggy (2012). Forgoing the traditional British gangster film tropes for a morally conscious (if skewed) mediation […]

DVD Review: ‘The Bridge’ Series 1

★★★★☆ The Bridge is Scandinavia’s latest crime thriller export, a Nordic noir collaborative effort from Sweden and Denmark revolving around the bridge between these two countries. This is where here Swede Saga Norén and Dane Martin Rohde, two cops from […]

DVD Review: ‘True Blood’ Season 4

★★★☆☆ Charged with picking up the pieces of a muddled and tedious third season, True Blood Season 4 sees HBO’s vampire soap opera move into fresh and new directions. Although Season 4 once again pedals the familiar heady mix of […]

Cannes 2012: ‘Student’ review

★★☆☆☆ An contemporary re-telling of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Darezhan Omirbaev’s Student (2012) paints a grim portrayal of post-Soviet Kazakhstan, with occasional moments of wry, bitter humour. The film follows a poor, unnamed philosophy student who lives in the basement […]

DVD Review: ‘Haywire’

★★★★☆ As Steven Soderbergh edges ever closer to his long-foretold retirement from cinema, it seems he is becoming drawn to films about and starring performers used to using their bodies in a more extreme way than most actors. His next […]