Film reviews and more

Month: July 2012

#Joseph Walsh #Reviews

DVD Review: ‘Three Veils’

★★☆☆☆ The second feature from director Rolla Selbak, Three Veils (2011) tells the interconnected stories of three young Muslim women living in the US. The film opens with the story of Leila (Mercedes Masöhn), a young girl who finds herself in an arranged marriage with the hot-tempered Ali (Sammy Sheik). We also encounter […]


DVD Review: ‘Trapeze’

★★★☆☆ This week’s Second Sight rerelease of Carol Reed’s high flying epic Trapeze (1956) is a welcome reminder of the domineering screen presence of Burt Lancaster and the Technicolor epics that dominated the box office throughout the 1950s. Destined to be confused and compared with Cecil B. DeMille’s The Greatest Show on Earth […]

#Daniel Green #Reviews

DVD Review: ‘Pigsty’

★★★★☆ Recently rereleased alongside comedic classic Hawks and Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini, 1966) courtesy of Eureka’s esteemed Masters of Cinema home entertainment label, Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini’s immeasurably dark satire Pigsty (Porcile, 1969) parallels two equably disturbing and disparate worlds which come together for a suitably bleak, yet ultimately satisfying finale. Though […]


DVD Review: Amicus Studios Collection

★★★☆☆ StudioCanal have just released four monster titles from Amicus Studios, the only company which even came close to beating Hammer at their own game during the 1960 and 70s. Warlords of Atlantis (1978), They Came from Beyond Space (1967), At the Earth’s Core (1976) and The Land That Time Forgot (1975), directed […]


DVD Review: ‘Prisoners of War’

★★★★☆ Despite its unremitting action sequences and oversexed narrative, Showtime’s Homeland emerged as one of America’s high-flying seasonal exports. As the pale lips of Damian Lewis gingerly pouted at the prospect of being exposed as an Eton thesp incognito, nations relished Claire Danes’ pursuit to develop another facial expression other than ‘aloof’. The […]

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DVD Review: ‘Mirror Mirror’

★★☆☆☆ Several years ago, Indian filmmaker Tarsem Singh made an ambitious, self-funded and visually glorious pseudo-fairy tale called The Fall (2006); unfortunately, the story didn’t live up to the wonder of the photography on-screen. With his family-orientated, revisionist take on the classic fairy tale of Snow White, he has clearly improved his storytelling […]

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DVD Review: ‘The Raven’

★★☆☆☆ John Cusack stars as renowned American author Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue’s The Raven (2011) – a pulpy Gothic thriller built upon the foundations of a period detective story. Ostensibly attempting to create a fictionalised account of Edgar Allan Poe’s final days (before he was found dead on a park bench), […]

#John Bleasdale

Venice 2012: Lineup announced

Hot on the heels of the Toronto Film Festival programme announcement earlier this week (there’s beginning to be some serious rivalry brewing between these over-lapping showcases), the lineup for the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival was announced by new Director Alberto Barbera in Rome yesterday, featuring a slimmed down Official Competition […]

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Film Review: ‘Red Desert’

★★★★☆ Lauded by a growing number of critics as Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni’s magnum opus, the visually arresting Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso, 1964) returns for a limited UK cinema run this week thanks to yet another exquisite BFI restoration, whilst also marking the 100th anniversary of the auteur’s birth. Starring Antonioni’s muse […]

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Film Review: ‘The Man Inside’

★★☆☆☆ Released in UK cinemas this week, Essex-born filmmaker Dan Turner’s The Man Inside (2012) is a gritty urban thriller which, whilst packing a punch, misses its target once too often. Set on the mean streets of 21st century London, the story concerns Clayton (played by UK rapper Ashley ‘Bashy’ Thomas), who as […]

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Film Review: ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’

★★☆☆☆ There’s little denying that the subject matter of Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda’s 3D animation Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012) – adapted from Dr. Seuss’ ecologically-minded 1972 children’s book – is extremely topical in today’s environmentally-sensitive climate. Sadly, this big screen outing takes the seeds of Seuss’ book and expands too far […]

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Toronto Film Festival 2012: Lineup announced

The lineup was recently announced for this year’s 2012 Toronto Film Festival (6-16 September), and it looks like a packed and exciting programme. Opening the festival will be Rian Johnson’s keenly-awaited sci-fi thriller Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hitman sent to the future to assassinate his future self (played by action icon […]