Film reviews and more

Day: 9 July 2013

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Brood’

★★★★☆ Joining the Canadian master’s sci-fi classic Scanners (1981) on UK Blu-ray for the first time thanks to Second Sight, David Cronenberg’s gestating chiller The Brood (1979) has certainly played its part in the re-evaluation of […]

DVD Review: ‘The Girl from Nowhere’

★★☆☆☆ Jean-Claude Brisseau’s The Girl from Nowhere (La fille de nulle part, 2012) feels more like the work of a first-time director than a seasoned French auteur, partly due to its low budget and bloated, pseudo-intellectualist […]

DVD Review: ‘Village at the End of the World’

★★★☆☆ “If there’s a bright centre to the universe you’re on the planet it’s farthest from,” says the Star Wars Saga’s Luke Skywalker, and in so doing instantly becomes the patron saint for every teenager growing […]

DVD Review: ‘The Wee Man’

★★☆☆☆ The latest in a long line of north-of-the-border, ‘gritty’ British crime dramas, Ray Burdis’ The Wee Man (2013) has arguably more charm and invention than most, yet still stumbles into the same routine clichés and […]

DVD Review: ‘Shell’

★★★★☆ There’s a sense of restless dormancy beneath the quiescence of Scott Graham’s intimate Highland drama, Shell (2012); the director injecting his debut feature with a fascinating undercurrent that transforms an apparently simple coming-of-age tale into […]