Film Review: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’

★★★★☆ Hugely ambitious, imaginative and baffling in equal measure, Nicholas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) has gained somewhat of a cult following since it’s initial theatrical release back in 1976. Having garnered its fair share of mixed reviews, the critical responses have tended to fall between two Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘A Bronx Tale’

★★★★☆ Best known as Robert De Niro’s directorial debut, A Bronx Tale (1993) is a fine but flawed maiden movie based on the memoirs/stage play of actor Chazz Palminteri. Whilst much rougher around the edges then De Niro’s second picture, the convoluted but absorbing CIA flick The Good Shepherd (2006), Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Town of Runners’

★★★☆☆ With the London 2012 Olympics looming ever closer, Jerry Rothwell’s documentary Town of Runners (2011) serves as a timely reminder of how dedicated and determined the athletes who compete need to be in order to represent their individual countries. Taking the rural Ethiopian town of Bekoji as its subject, Continue Reading

DVD Review: Wallander: Original Films 1-6

★★★★☆ On the small screen, keen interest in all things Nordic has exploded since the success of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, with Danish television series The Killing and Danish/Swedish co-production The Bridge being two stand-out examples. If the Larsson effect kick-started this mass public appreciation, then it’s fellow Swede Henning Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Carnage’

★★★★☆ Roman Polanski’s Carnage (2011) sees the controversial director return to the minimalist cinematic stencil of his claustrophobic debut Knife in the Water. Adapted from Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage and starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christopher Waltz, Polanski’s latest foray into the bourgeoisie world Continue Reading