Film reviews and more

Day: 28 January 2013

Blu-ray Review: ‘Fear and Desire’

★★★☆☆ Making its way onto DVD and Blu-ray in a newly restored (circa 2012) form this week courtesy of Eureka’s always excellent Masters of Cinema label, Stanley Kubrick’s little-seen 1953 debut feature Fear and Desire offers […]

DVD Review: ‘About Elly’

★★★★☆ About Elly (2009) – the fourth film from Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning director of A Separation (2011) – is another intense, contemporary tragedy about the ambiguities of truth and the consequences of being […]

DVD Review: ‘The Queen of Versailles’

★★★★☆ Most people would probably manage to just about survive the ignominy of living in a 26,000 square foot home with seventeen (count ’em) bathrooms. The fact that the infamous Siegel family were “busting out of […]

DVD Review: ‘Keep the Lights On’

★★☆☆☆ Director Ira Sachs follow 2005’s Forty Shades of Blue and 2007’s Married Life with Keep the Lights On (2012), a tale of a deeply fractured relationship between two gay men in New York, played out […]

DVD Review: ‘Barbara’

★★★★☆ Winner of the Silver Bear prize at last year’s Berlinale and directed by acclaimed German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Yella, Beats Being Dead), Barbara (2012) is a stark yet engrossing drama told against the icy backdrop […]

DVD Review: ‘Holy Motors’

★★★★☆ Bemusing and astonishing audiences in equal measure since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year, French auteur Leos Carax’s cineliterate oddity Holy Motors (2012) has gone on to receive near universal critical acclaim […]

DVD Review: ‘V/H/S’

★★☆☆☆ The anthology movie has been a staple of the horror genre for several decades, with its origins creeping back even further to the days of expressionist Germany. Embracing that very same tradition, whilst simultaneously looking […]

DVD Review: ‘House at the End of the Street’

★★☆☆☆ Mark Tonderai’s House at the End of the Street (2012) tries to be something it isn’t – namely scary. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot and Elisabeth Shue, this would-be chiller starts atmospherically before becoming nothing more than […]

DVD Review: ‘Looper’

★★★☆☆ Rian Johnson’s Looper (2012) is a high concept adventure that imbues classic sci-fi elements with an understanding of smart storytelling. However, despite his ambitious and stylish amalgamation of themes, Johnson’s third film is as occasionally […]