Film Review: ‘Keep the Lights On’

★★★☆☆ Forty Shades of Blue (2005) and Married Life (2007) director Ira Sachs’ Teddy and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning drama Keep the Lights On (2012) is an honest and heart-rending tale of a torturous New York relationship, told in a fractured chronological fashion across a ten year period. A deeply Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘Monstro!’

★☆☆☆☆ Monstro! (2010), the new (supposed) antipodean shocker from the Land Down Under is just that very thing – monstrous. Selling itself as a horror-action comedy, it’s heavy on the horror (if slapstick gore qualifies as horror), but non-existent on action or comedy. This gratuitous exercise in sleaze, directed by Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Polisse’

★★★☆☆ Maïwenn writes, stars and directs Polisse (2011), a provocative drama centred upon a Parisian Child Protection Unit, exploring the team members’ various lives and relationships inside and outside of work. Having spent time observing real CPU officers, Maïwenn’s script is reputedly based on genuine conversations and cases, and herself Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Storage 24’

★☆☆☆☆ Written, produced and starring Noel Clarke, Johannes Roberts’ Storage 24 (2012) is set against the backdrop of a military cargo crash in London. When its highly classified contents are let loose upon the capital, the sky becomes awash with thick black smog and mild panic spreads across the city. Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘The Hunter’

★★★★☆ Written by Sleeping Beauty (2011) director Julia Leigh and starring Willem Dafoe, Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter (2011) is a peculiar beast of a film; part introspective study on the human condition, part environmental thriller, culminating in a peculiar balancing act between its inherent mainstream sensibilities and meditative arthouse procedural. Continue Reading