Film reviews and more

Month: October 2012

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Film Review: ‘Rust and Bone’

★★★★☆ High hopes were held for Palme d’Or nominee Rust and Bone (2012) prior to its Cannes competition premiere. The fourth feature from acclaimed A Prophet (2009) director Jacques Audiard, starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard and rising Belgian star Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone emerged divisive, splitting audiences between those who found […]


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 Stuart Simpson and […]


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 adopts a similar […]


DVD Review: ‘London: The Modern Babylon’

★★★★★ Arriving as the British capital revels in the wake of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Julien Temple’s London: The Modern Babylon is perhaps the celebrated filmmaker’s magnum opus, a documentary that laboriously studies, contextualises and essays the boundless national dexterity of London and its stance as a city of vibrant multiculturalism. The film […]

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DVD Review: ‘Your Sister’s Sister’

★★★★☆ American indie director Lynn Shelton’s long-awaited follow-up to the excellent Humpday (2009) sees her once again calling upon the improvisational acting style of mumblecore veteran Mark Duplass in one of the lead roles. Although Your Sister’s Sister (2011) is slightly more generic than the director’s previous output, the parade of incredibly likeable […]


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. Unaware of events, […]

#Patrick Gamble #Reviews

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. Hired gun Martin […]

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Film Review: ‘The Penguin King 3D’

★★★☆☆ Almost perennially it seems, humanity’s favourite flightless birds – the humble penguin – descend in numbers upon UK box offices, looking to re-capture the imagination of children and adults alike on the big screen. Consistently – and sometimes gratingly – anthropomorphised, there’s much to like about the black and white, dinner-suited fish […]

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Film Review: ‘Stitches’

★★☆☆☆ One of two relatively high profile, Irish-produced features to screen at this year’s Film4 FrightFest (the other being Jon Wright’s hugely enjoyable alien creature-feature Grabbers), Conor McMahon’s third film, horror-comedy Stitches (2012), suffers far more than the latter in terms of being caught between two distinct genres. Neither particularly humorous nor frightening, […]

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Film Review: ‘Room 237’

★★★☆☆ Despite being over 30 years old, there remains a small pocket of fanatics habitually delving into the darkest recesses of the Overlook Hotel in search of the ‘hidden’ meaning behind Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic The Shining. Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 (2012) acts as a soapbox for 5 of these individuals to convey […]