DVD Review: ‘Aftershock’

★☆☆☆☆ The ubiquitous name of Eli Roth adorns the top of this film’s title with a ‘presented by’ credit. The director has managed to carve out a lucrative career producing a number of low-budget genre works, some of which have made a sizeable dent at the box office. Aftershock (2012), Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘Bernie’

★★★★☆ Based on a true story, Richard Linklater’s wonderfully offbeat 2011 comedy Bernie offers a comfortable, engaging window into the almost Twin Peaks-style small American town of Carthage. Located ‘behind the pine curtain’ in east Texas, Carthage is populated by a host of garrulous souls who provide the narration of Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Compliance’

★★★★☆ The stretched credulity of cinematic narratives can often leave audiences agog as bizarrely motivated characters behave in inexplicable ways. In his provocative second feature, Compliance (2012), director Craig Zobel creates a highly uncomfortable atmosphere precisely because his film’s plot is nigh on impossible to believe, despite the fact that Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Oblivion’

★★☆☆☆ Post-apocalyptic dystopias have been somewhat en vogue in recent years, with the cinematic sci-fi landscape positively cluttered with barren and sparsely populated visions of Earth’s tragic future. That party has now been joined by Joseph Kosinski, who cut his directorial teeth on Tron: Legacy (2010) and whose sophomore feature, Continue Reading