Film reviews and more

Day: 11 October 2012

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Captive’ review

★★☆☆☆ Directed by Brillante Mendoza and starring the incredibly watchable Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher [2001], White Material [2009]), 2012’s Captive (also referred to as Captured) is loosely based on the true story of an accidental […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘The We and the I’ review

★★★☆☆ Michel Gondry’s London Film Festival select The We and the I (2012) is the product of a recent after-school program the French filmmaker coordinated, taking the lessons learnt and ideas that were formed from these […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Accession’ review

★★☆☆☆ Issue movies are always problematic. It is rare that the cause that they champion is not an important and worthy one, but their very nature mean that the art of storytelling and the creation of […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Laurence Anyways’ review

★★★☆☆ LFF entry Laurence Anyways (2012) is Québécois director Xavier Dolan’s third full-length feature. Renowned for his exquisite visual style and sumptuous cinematography, there’s always been the feeling that Dolan is something of a cinematic narcissist, […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Amour’ review

★★★★★ Winner of the coveted Palme d’Or prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Michael Haneke’s heartbreaking Amour (2012) makes its UK debut in LFF’s newly created ‘Love’ strand this week. A minimalistic masterpiece of quiet […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘The Hunt’ review

★★★☆☆ Back in 1998, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (with the aid of an inflammatory script from enfant terrible Lars von Trier) shook up the cinematic establishment with Festen (The Celebration), an uncompromisingly raw depiction of a […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Room 237’ review

★★★★☆ Let’s assume for a moment that you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. A hauntingly, intense horror with stunning cinematography and a career defining performance by Jack Nicholson. But is this 1980 classic actually Kubrick’s admittance […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Reality’ review

★★★★☆ Matteo Garrone’s Palme d’Or nominated and Grand Prix winning Reality (2012) appears in the ‘Debate’ strand of this year’s London Film Festival, with this divisive, blackly comic parody about our celebrity obsessed milieu certain to […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Doomsday Book’ review

★★☆☆☆ Jee-woon Kim and Pil-Sung Yim’s portmanteau film Doomsday Book (2012) started production in 2006 when the first two segments of the piece were complete. Fortunately – or perhaps unfortunately – a year later the directors […]