DVD Review: ‘XXY’

★★★★☆ Rereleased after becoming out of print due to the devastating fire that destroyed the Sony Warehouse during the London riots, Lucía Puenzo’s XXY (2007) is once again available in the UK. Starring Ricardo Darín, Ines Efron and Martin Piroyansky, Puenzo’s unabashed tale of sexual ambiguity and gender confusion is Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘The Vow’

★☆☆☆☆ Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum are both arguably enjoying the primes of their respective careers; McAdams has put in face time for Woody Allen and is to star in the next Terrence Malick curiosity, whilst Tatum can imminently be seen stripping off for Soderbergh. Mainstream calculations rule that they Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘A Dangerous Method’

★★★☆☆ With a reputation as one of cinema’s pioneering figures in the art of psychological thrillers, David Cronenberg’s latest offering A Dangerous Method (2011), starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, represents something of a radical departure from the ‘body horror’ movies with which he is most closely associated.Taking Continue Reading

EIFF 2012: ‘Girimunho’ review

★★★☆☆ Girimunho’s (Swirl, 2011) directing duo of Clarissa Campolina and Helvécio Marins Jr.’s anthropological examination of rural Brazilian culture combines the naturally evolving storytelling techniques of an observational documentary with the rich visual flourishes of an arthouse drama. Opening with a vigorous, percussion heavy song at an local gathering, its Continue Reading

EIFF 2012: ‘Kid-Thing’ review

★★★☆☆ David Zellner’s Kid-Thing (2012) is a feverish tale of a destructive young girl who operates freely beyond all moral boundaries. An offbeat comedy, which quickly shifts gear into something considerably darker, Kid-Thing starts with a ferocious pace before developing into an uncomfortable adolescent morality tale.Annie (Sydney Aguirre) lives in Continue Reading