Film reviews and more

Day: 20 May 2013

Cannes 2013: ‘Nebraska’ review

★★★★☆ American director Alexander Payne (Election) returns to the LFF this year with his black and white, geriatric comedy Nebraska (2013), which stars veteran screen legend Bruce Dern as world-weary protagonist Woody Grant. We first spy upon Woody on the […]

Cannes 2013: ‘Stranger by the Lake’ review

★★☆☆☆ Set during one particularly hot and steamy summer, in Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du lac, 2013) French men visit a secluded spot on the shore of the lake to cruise for sex. One individual seems to be there […]

Cannes 2013: ‘Shield of Straw’ review

★☆☆☆☆ Cult Japanese director Takashi Miike is often forgiven for the hit-and-miss nature of his output due to the fact that he’s so prolific – occasionally churning out multiple films in a single year. Hopes were high for his new […]

DVD Review: ‘Vehicle 19’

★★☆☆☆ American actor Paul Walker has carved out a career that largely consists of driving cars and being both fast and furious. Playing firmly within type, Walker returns to screens this week in Mukunda Michael Dewil’s Vehicle 19 (2013). Alongside […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Motel Hell’

★★★☆☆ English director Kevin Connor’s schlock comedy Motel Hell (1980) is perhaps best remembered for providing two of horror cinema’s catchiest tag-lines – “Meat’s meat, and a man’s gotta eat” and “It takes all kinda critters to make Farmer Vincent’s […]

DVD Review: ‘Bullhead’

★★★★☆ When critics talk of works of cinema where “testosterone oozes from the screen”, they’re usually describing some machismo-laden action flick. That same terminology feels perfectly apt for Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian crime yarn Bullhead (Rundskop, 2011), although it exists […]

DVD Review: ‘The Sessions’

★★★☆☆ Based on a true story, Ben Lewin’s emotive new US drama The Sessions (2012) follows the heart-felt journey of Mark (John Hawkes), a man trapped in an iron lung after being stricken with polo as a child, and his […]

DVD Review: ‘Django Unchained’

★★★★☆ Widely and rather wildly lauded as a dramatic return to form, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) serves as a brilliantly entertaining, although not altogether unexpected piece of pastiche, caricature cinema. Set to the backdrop of America’s pre-Civil War plantations, […]