DVD Review: ‘Django, Prepare a Coffin’

★★★☆☆ Those who simply can’t wait for Hollywood renegade (and ‘butt shut-downer’) Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) to hit cinemas later this week – or baulk at the bladder-straining runtime – need fear not. They can now get their fix of the iconic, if somewhat changeable gunslinger with the first Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘Tabu’

★★★★☆ The power of the lens to deconstruct colonial history is a primary concern in Miguel Gomes’ third feature, Tabu (2012). Partitioned by two distinctive halves, it’s a mesmeric example of how to unravel filmic modes without clogging up the narrative. The first section is set in modern day Lisbon Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘360’

★★☆☆☆ Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles first came to the attention of the wider cinemagoing public with 2002’s City of God, a wildly successful tale of gangsters in the slums of Rio. His follow-up adaptation of John le Carré’s The Constant Gardener (2005) was similarly well received but 2008’s Blindness was Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Lawless’

★★☆☆☆ It would be fair to say that Australian director John Hillcoat’s previously released feature, The Road (2009), had minimal action. His dour adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic thriller played down the drama and focused heavily (arguably far too much) on anxious, pensive walking. Perhaps that’s why his latest film Continue Reading