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 open road, plodding resolutely – if unsteadily – towards the Continue Reading

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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 an international cast including Naima McLean and Gys De Villiers, Continue Reading

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 fritters”. However these expressions uttered by the film’s protagonist and Continue Reading

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 as a literal interpretation here, particularly in the case of Continue Reading

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, it is in equal parts a revenge thriller and a Continue Reading