Film reviews and more

Day: 26 March 2013

Interview: Thomas Vinterberg, ‘The Hunt’

Prominent Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg returns to territory previously tackled in his much-lauded feature Festen (1998) this week with The Hunt (Jagten, 2012), a taught Scandinavian morality tale starring world cinema darling Mads Mikkelsen. Wrongly accused of molesting a young […]

Interview: Ben Wheatley, director of ‘Sightseers’

Following on from the success of last year’s critically acclaimed occult horror Kill List (2011), rising filmmaker Ben Wheatley may not seem the most obvious choice for helming an off-beat British comedy set in the great outdoors. Yet, the world of […]

DVD Review: ‘Baise-moi’

★☆☆☆☆ Infamous for its scenes of graphic real sex juxtaposed with acts of brutal violence (the latter thankfully simulated), Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi’s Baise-moi (2000) is released this week on DVD in its original uncut form, courtesy of […]

DVD Review: ‘Roundabout: A Year in Colour 1963’

★★★☆☆ Released by the BFI to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Roundabout: A Year in Colour 1963 is a collection of ‘cine-magazines’ from the titular year. Developed by the British government for distribution throughout Southeast Asia, these ‘propaganda’ shorts were produced […]

DVD Review: ‘Polish Cinema Classics Volume II’

★★★★★ March saw the 11th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival take place across the UK – highlight being was a trio of rereleased masterpieces. Those films have now been pulled together for Second Run’s Polish Cinema Classics Volume II. The collection consists […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Deadly Blessing’

★★★☆☆ Arrow Video continues their quest to unearth respected, semi-forgotten genre works and give them a loving home on DVD and Blu-ray with Wes Craven’s 1981 religious horror-drama, Deadly Blessing. A young farmer, excommunicated from his family who are involved […]

DVD Review: ‘The Xavier Dolan Collection’

★★★★☆ Piecing together the impressive first three films in what could well become an illustrious and bountiful directorial career, La Folie d’Amour: The Xavier Dolan Collection offers the chance to experience the work of precocious enfant terrible and Quebecois hotshot […]