Film reviews and more

Month: July 2012

DVD Review: ‘Romeos’

★★★☆☆ German director Sabine Bernardi explores the unfamiliar with her feature directorial debut Romeos (2011), a touching if slightly tame insight into a male-to-female transgender forced to come to terms with the heartache that comes with […]

DVD Review: ‘Trishna’

★★☆☆☆ For the third time, British director Michael Winterbottom once again attempts to breathe cinematic life into the works of 19th century author Thomas Hardy, one of the countries most beloved writers. Having previously adapted Jude […]

DVD Review: ‘Rampart’

★★★★☆ From the pen of acclaimed crime writer James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) and the lens of Academy Award-nominated director Oren Moverman comes Rampart (2011), a dirty cop drama set against the backdrop of 1990s Los Angeles. […]

DVD Review: ’21 Jump Street’

★★★★☆ Directed by filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Sony Pictures action-comedy 21 Jump Street (2012) functions well as more that simply an irksome 1980s nostalgia-fest, a fate that has befallen far too many American comedies of similar […]

DVD Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’

★★★★★ The majestic Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2010) showcases Palme d’Or nominee Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s remarkable ability to tap into Turkish culture, whilst simultaneously creating something sublimely beautiful and profound. Opening with a painterly […]

Film Review: ‘7 Days in Havana’

★★☆☆☆  If you’re feeling unfit this summer whilst watching young nubile Olympians race around the track and feel it’s time you had a work-out, forget skipping down to you local over-priced gym. The arduous endurance test […]

Film Review: Strawberry Fields

★★★☆☆ The second feature from British director Francis Lea (and part of the successful Microwave film funding scheme), Strawberry Fields (2012) is a powerful, at times twisted drama surrounding two emotionally dysfunctional sisters who are in […]

Film Review: ‘Total Recall’

★★★★☆ With Len Wiseman’s Total Recall (2012) remake due to hit screens this August, StudioCanal’s cinematic rerelease of Paul Verhoeven’s original adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale […]

Film Review: ‘The Hunter’ (2011)

★★★★☆ Australian director Daniel Nettheim adapts fellow countryman Julia Leigh’s philosophical thriller The Hunter (2011), in what is a compelling, if flawed, debut feature. Gun-for-hire Martin (Willem Dafoe) is sent to the wilds of Tasmania by […]

Special Feature: Cinema’s greatest movie vehicles

When researching this particular article, we came to realise just what hugely contested debates this subject area can turn out. Everyone seems to have their favourite movie vehicle, largely depending on their age and also the […]

Film Review: ‘Ping Pong’

★★★☆☆ “It’s not how hard you play, it’s where you put it”, flourishes 85-year-old Lisa Modlich with an acknowledgement towards the cameraman. Since her inaugural table tennis medal in 1992, the octogenarian Modlich has gone on to vanquish around 150 more […]

Film Review: ‘God Bless America’

★★★★☆ If somebody were to ask you to look into a mirror, you’re not always guaranteed to like what you see reflected. US director Bobcat Goldthwait’s savage social commentary God Bless America (2011) not only attacks […]