Film reviews and more

Day: 27 August 2013

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Tarnished Angels’

★★★☆☆ An adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1935 novel Pylon (and considered by Faulkner to be the finest of all screen adaptations of his work), Douglas Sirk’s haunting and inherently sad The Tarnished Angels (1957) has been […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Simon Killer’

★★★★☆ Though you’d be forgiven for initially thinking that ‘Travis Bickle: The Post-College Life’ was playing out in front of you (with a healthy dose of Gaspar Noé thrown in), Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer (2012) soon […]

DVD Review: ‘Beyond the Walls’

★★☆☆☆ Films such as Weekend (2012), Keep the Lights On (2012) and I Want your Love (2012) have all recently hinted at a fast-emerging new wave of queer cinema. All three films possess a naturalistic style […]

DVD Review: ‘Nowhere’

★★★★★ Nowhere (1997) follows Totally F***ed Up (1993) and The Doom Generation (1995) as the third and final instalment in renegade filmmaker Gregg Araki’s Teenage Apocalypse trilogy. Jam-packed full of rampant, libidinous teens that exist in […]

DVD Review: ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

★★★☆☆ The first of two films this year to use the White House as its setting, Olympus Has Fallen (2013) is the latest film to adopt the time-honoured one man army vs. terrorists plot-line, and it […]

DVD Review: ‘The Land of Hope’

★★★☆☆ The Land of Hope (2012) is a delicately-paced drama, centring on the lives of a rural farming family who are affected by a nearby environmental catastrophe, set a few years after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. […]

DVD Review: ‘A Hijacking’

★★★★☆ Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking (Kapringen, 2012) is a refreshingly naturalistic, fictionalised tale of a Danish merchant vessel held captive by Somali pirates. Traversing the usual heightened testosterone and bravado of other hostage dramas, A Hijacking […]

DVD Review: ‘Blackfish’

★★★★☆ On 24 February, 2010, experienced SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a male orca called Tilikum during a live show. Initially, the details of the incident were unclear, with early reports that the trainer […]

FrightFest 2013: ‘Yellow’ review

★★★★☆ Pulled into this year’s Film4 FrightFest shorts programme at the last minute after impressing the powers that be, Yellow (2012) is a strange, seductive and visually striking short by young director Ryan Haysom. Shot in […]

FrightFest 2013: ‘In Fear’ review

★★★☆☆ A low-concept, micro-budget British horror may not be the most enticing of premises, but thanks to two standout performances from rising stars Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa) and Iain De Caestecker (most recently seen in […]

FrightFest 2013: ‘Daylight’ review

★★★☆☆ Not to be confused with the 1996 Stallone film, Daylight (2013) is something of a team effort, boasting a trio of directors – David McCracken, Joel Townsend and Kaidan Tremain – who also divvy up […]