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Day: 12 June 2013


Film Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

★★★★☆ After delivering a barnstorming superhero flick with Avengers Assemble (2012), Joss Whedon took the curious decision to adapt William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, filming in his own Los Angeles home under tight budgetary restrictions and time constraints. By supplanting his celebrated dialogue with that of the […]


Blu-ray Review: ‘Simple Men’

★★★★☆ “There’s nothing but trouble and desire” repeats one individual in Simple Men (1992). Occurring at the midpoint of the film, it’s an accurate précis of Hal Hartley’s fourth feature; like his preceding films, it’s about the pursuit of romance against certain obstacles, but there’s a sense of […]


DVD Review: ‘For Love’s Sake’

★★★☆☆ Western fans of Japanese cinema will be well aware of director Takashi Miike, having created ripples of excitement with Audition (1999) and 13 Assassins (2010). What they may be unaware of is the sheer volume of movies that he’s churned out over the years, not just as […]


DVD Review: ‘Beyond the Hills’

★★★★☆ It’s been a remarkable decade for Romanian cinema. While Cristi Puiu and Corneliu Porumboiu both delivered impressive works with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) and Police, Adjective (2009) respectively, it was arguably Cristian Mungiu’s 2007 Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days that crystallised […]

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DVD Review: ‘Chasing Ice’

★★★★☆ James Balog is a photographer whose work has always revolved around the relationship between humanity and nature. After working on imagery that explored humanity’s interaction with endangered animals, he went in search of providing a visual interpretation of the challenges facing the world with regards to climate […]