Film reviews and more

Day: 21 January 2013


DVD Review: ‘Unit One: Season One’

★★★☆☆ Thirteen years are after it was originally broadcast in its native Denmark, the inaugural season of TV crime serial Unit One (Rejseholdet, 2000-2004) is now finally being released on DVD here in the UK, courtesy of Nordic Noir masters Arrow Films. The recent plethora of Scandinavian imports […]


DVD Review: ‘The Campaign’

★★☆☆☆ Will Ferrell’s continuing audience draw is bolstered by the presence of portly favourite Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Due Date) in Jay Roach’s timely political comedy, The Campaign (2012). Unfortunately, this pairing isn’t a straightforward recipe for comedic success, with much of the film relying heavily on stock-humour […]


DVD Review: ‘The Possession’

★★★☆☆ There’s much to praise in director Ole Bornedal’s competent, if run-of-the-mill, excursion into child-in-peril territory. Reminiscent of the daddy of all devil films, The Exorcist (1973), and starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and the outstanding Natasha Calis, The Possession (2012) does suffer, however, due to the […]


DVD Review: ‘The Sweeney’

★★☆☆☆ Nick Love’s loose cinematic revival of 1970s British TV show The Sweeney (2012) may boast the kind of technical flash and aesthetic sheen one might expect from a US studio action picture, but it unfortunately retains the grimy geezer stylings of all his previous work. There is […]


DVD Review: ‘Dear God No!’

★★☆☆☆ Shot like a 1970s grindhouse flick complete with jump cuts, appalling dialogue and horrendous scenes of gratuitous violence, James Bickert’s biker horror Dear God No! (2011) is a rampant, filthy and debauched watch that will test all but the most hardened of exploitation aficionados. Banned in 19 […]