Film reviews and more

Day: 12 March 2013

Kinoteka 2013: ‘Escape from the ‘Liberty’ City’ review

★★★★★ Intellectual Polish director Wojciech Marcezewski was no stranger to his country’s censors, and exploited this to the full in his absurdist comedy, Escape From the ‘Liberty’ Cinema (Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc’, 1990). A film that featured in the Un […]

DVD Review: ‘Special Effects Titan’

★★★☆☆ When one thinks of stop motion animation, industry legend Ray Harryhausen (alongside, for Brits at least, Aardman’s Nick Park) would probably be the first name that springs to mind. Responsible for influencing some of the biggest fantasy filmmaking names […]

DVD Review: ’21 Days: The Heineken Kidnapping’

★★☆☆☆ If you enjoy obscure Dutch films about obscure Dutch crimes, then 21 Days: The Heineken Kidnapping (2011) may well refresh the parts other thrillers simply can’t reach. For many, however, the weak third act and cast of dislikeable characters could […]

DVD Review: ‘Comedown’

★★☆☆☆ Comedown (2012), the new British indie horror from Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda, starring Jacob Anderson, Sophie Stuckey and Adam Deacon, is reminiscent (one imagines) of a bad trip – minus any of the accompanying highs. A group of teenagers […]

DVD Review: ‘The Master’

★★★☆☆ After a five-year hiatus, Paul Thomas Anderson follows up his Oscar-winning There Will be Blood (2007) with The Master (2012), an overly complex tale which is nonetheless magnificently acted and shot. The film begins and ends with Freddie Quell […]

DVD Review: ‘Community’

★★☆☆☆ Evoking The Blair Witch Project (1999) with its opening snippets of residents alluding to a local urban legend, at first glance Community (2012) appears to be yet another entry into the found footage sub-genre. However, Jason Ford’s debut feature […]