DVD Review: ‘The Assault’

★★☆☆☆ Julien Leclercq’s The Assault (2010) documents the hijacking of Air France, Flight 8969, bound for Paris on Christmas Eve of 1994. Sadly, in its attempt to deliver a serious film about the harrowing events of that day, it unfortunately manages to lose itself amidst loose back stories and, sometimes, Continue Reading

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Orlando’

★★★☆☆ Released on Blu-ray for the very first time courtesy of UK distributor Artificial Eye, Sally Potter’s lavish 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s century-spanning novel Orlando marked the arrival of British actress Tilda Swinton onto the international stage. Despite missing out on individual Oscar recognition for either Potter or Swinton, Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Eroica’

★★★★☆ Set during the Second World War, Andrzej Munk’s Eroica (1958) is a classic slice of subversive Polish cinema, a dark satire which deconstructs the romantic notions of heroism surrounding the 1944 uprising. Divided into two parts (initially three had been planned) and referencing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Munk’s film Continue Reading