Film reviews and more

Month: July 2012

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 […]

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 […]

DVD Review: ‘La Cérémonie’

★★★★☆ Founding member of the French New Wave Claude Chabrol, who sadly passed away in 2010, was always known for his ability to make great, compelling thrillers. Nowhere is this more true than his 1995 film […]

DVD Review: ‘Hawks and Sparrows’

★★★★☆ Unarguably one of Italian cinema’s greatest ever film directors and a child of the post-war neorealist movement, Pier Paolo Pasolini gets the Masters of Cinema treatment this week with the release of both Pigsty (Porcile, […]

DVD Review: ‘Zombie 108’

★☆☆☆☆ “What was with that naked zombie chick, dude?” Indeed, Running Foreigner #1, indeed. Billed as the very first Taiwanese zombie movie in history, Joe Chien’s apocalyptic-torture-porn-zombie flick Zombie 108 (2012) is as ramshackle as its […]

DVD Review: ‘The Prey’

★★☆☆☆ Arriving on DVD this week following a limited UK theatrical release, French director Eric Valette’s The Prey (La proie, 2011) attempts to be a jack-of-all-trades, gritty crime thriller – yet predictably ends up as master-of-none. […]

DVD Review: ‘The Kid with a Bike’

★★★★★ Directed by two-time Palme d’Or-winning Belgium duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Kid with a Bike (Le Gamin au Vélo, 2011) continues a remarkably consistent partnership. We’re thrust straight into the action as the film […]

DVD Review: ‘The Lacey Rituals’ (BFI release)

★★★★☆ There’s so much going on in the BFI’s The Lacey Rituals box set that it’s often hard to get a grasp on it, all down to the artist in question – Bruce Lacey. A leading […]

DVD Review: ‘Wonderful London’ (BFI release)

★★★★★ At a time when the eyes of the world are glued to the already bustling city of London in the run up to the Olympic Games, the BFI release of the beautifully restored Wonderful London […]

DVD Review: ‘Wild Bill’

★★★★☆ The promotional material for Wild Bill (2012) bore all the hallmarks of a mockney crime caper, down to it being the directorial debut of actor Dexter Fletcher who appeared in Guy Ritchie’s trend-setting Lock, Stock […]

Film Review: ‘In Your Hands’

★★☆☆☆ Kristen Scott Thomas is fast becoming the go-to actor of choice for central roles in French/multi-national film productions entrenched in intrigue, lust and moral degradation. Sadly, as with several of her last outings (with 2011’s […]

Film Review: ‘Swandown’

★★★☆☆ Following hot on the heels of last year’s French fancy This Our Still Life (2011), visual artist Andrew Kötting returns to selected cinema screens with Swandown (2012), a very British travelogue following the filmmaker and an […]

Venice 2012: New trailer for ‘The Master’

After the black slime has settled on the wrecked hopes of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012) and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) has risen to its operatic zenith, the most anticipated film for many cinephiles […]