Film reviews and more

Day: 7 March 2013


Film Review: ‘The Princess Bride’

★★★★★ Twenty-five years on from its initial release, Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride (1987) has lost none of its ability to enchant. Adapting his own novel, William Goldman toned down the post-modernism of the book, but enhanced its buccaneering adventurousness and swooning romanticism – whilst retaining a hearty dose of irony. Reiner worked […]


Film Review: ‘Babeldom’

★★★☆☆ In his feature debut, Babeldom (2012), award-winning British experimental animator Paul Bush has made an old-fashioned visual essay exploring the very concept of a city. Referencing the biblical ‘Tower of Babel’, the film numerous incorporates images from London, Dubai, Berlin, Shanghai, Barcelona and Osaka, to build up a palimpsest vision of the […]


Film Review: ‘Broken’

★★★★☆ Winner of the Best Film award at last year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), theatre director Rufus Norris’ debut feature Broken (2013) finally gets its UK release this week, courtesy of StudioCanal. An adaptation of Daniel Clay’s novel of the same name, Broken is jam-packed with ideas, almost all of which are […]


Film Review: ‘Fire with Fire’

★☆☆☆☆ A made-for-TV action movie with made-for-TV special effects and an A-list cast, Fire with Fire (2012) has the worst star to quality ratio of any film since Movie 43 (2013). Josh Duhamel (who was in that too), Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson couldn’t stop this motionless […]


Film Review: ‘Verity’s Summer’

★★★☆☆ Hard on the heels of Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Kathryn Bigelow’s harsh look at the US military’s use of torture in their hunt for Osama bin Laden, comes a British film reflecting on the UK’s own murky dealings in Iraq. Verity’s Summer (2013), written and directed by Ben Crowe, also revolves around […]


Film Review: ‘Robot & Frank’

★★★★☆ This warm and comforting American comedy-drama, set in a near future where android helpers have become a staple of healthcare, presents not only a cosy viewing experience, but also makes several interesting observations about man’s relationship with machines and technology. A ‘comedy’ in the sense that Alexander Payne’s films are ‘comedies’, Jake […]