Film reviews and more

Day: 7 May 2013

Blu-ray Review: ‘Billy Liar’

★★★★★ John Schlesinger’s celebrated slice of sixties British New Wave makes its debut on Blu-ray this week, and remains an absolute must-see for all serious cinephiles. Although lumbered with the ‘angry young men’ label back at the time of its […]

DVD Review: ‘The Facility’

★★☆☆☆ Screened as part of last year’s EIFF and Film4 FrightFest lineups, British director Ian Clark’s low-budget debut The Facility (2012) (formerly known as ‘Guinea Pigs’) now finds its way onto DVD, having just missed out on a theatrical release. […]

DVD Review: ‘Midnight’s Children’

★★★☆☆ Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel from controversial author Salman Rushdie, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children (2012) makes a bold but ultimately unfulfilled attempt to bring the author’s magical realist style to the screen. Born at the stroke of midnight […]

DVD Review: ‘Quartet’

★★★☆☆ American acting icon Dustin Hoffman’s long-awaited directorial debut, Quartet (2012), has met with optimistic anticipation, bolstered by the impressive cast which boasts national treasure Maggie Smith, a delightfully camp Michael Gambon and a gleefully sex-crazed Billy Connolly. Set in […]

DVD Review: ‘The Impossible’

★★★☆☆ Based on the harrowing true story of one family caught up in the 2004 tsunami, Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) returned to screens last year with The Impossible (Lo imposible, 2012), a gruelling yet uplifting tale of […]