Film reviews and more

Day: 26 February 2013

DVD Review: ‘Frankenweenie’

★★★★☆ It’s always a somewhat curative thing to see Tim Burton return to the roots of his filmmaking career. Graduating from CalArts amongst a generation of animators who would push on to spearhead ventures such as Lucasfilm and Pixar, he […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘City of Women’

★★★☆☆ From its initial shot of a train hurtling along a rural track and entering a pitch-black tunnel, Federico Fellini’s City of Women (La città delle donne, 1980) screams sex from the very beginning. This frank, highly personal dissection of […]

DVD Review: ‘The Claire Denis Collection’

★★★★★ Although she consciously rejects the notion of recurring themes and imagery found within the linearity of her career, The Claire Denis Collection – which groups together a handful of the French writer-director’s finest works – highlights and explores how […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘From Beyond’

★★★★☆ After the success of their first H. P. Lovecraft adaptation, the team behind 1985 cult classic Re-Animator turned their attention to another of the writer’s terrifying tales. This time, the source was to be a (very) short story about […]

DVD Review: ‘McCullin’

★★★★☆ Don McCullin entered the public consciousness with his memorable photo of a North London gang, standing defiantly amidst a dilapidated building. That was his very first published photograph, displayed by The Observer in 1958, and is where the aptly-titled […]

DVD Review: ‘On the Road’

★★☆☆☆ Following the success of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera’s last collaboration, 2004 Guevara biopic The Motorcycle Diaries, the duo set about tackling Jack Kerouac’s apparently ‘unfilmable’, revered Beat Generation bible On the Road. Starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Monsters, Inc.’

★★★★☆ What’s made Pixar such a successful animation studio over the last 18 years is the level of collaboration which goes into every film. The Toy Story cycle brought digitextual animation to mainstream cinemas as scientists, architects and designers worked […]

Glasgow 2013: John Dies at the End review

★★★☆☆ Don Coscarelli’s 2012 adaptation of David Wong’s cult novel John Dies at the End (the sequel to which, This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It, was released last October) appeared at this year’s Glasgow Film […]