Film reviews and more

Day: 2 September 2013

Venice 2013: ‘The Zero Theorem’ review

★★★☆☆ It’s been a long time since Terry Gilliam made an unambiguously great film. Flash floods, the death of a lead actor and shrinking budgets have plagued this visionary ex-Python, famed for Time Bandits, Brazil and Twelve Monkeys. Showing in […]

Venice 2013: ‘Tom at the Farm’ review

★★★☆☆ Filmmaking prodigy Xavier Dolan directs and stars in Venice pick Tom at the Farm (2013), an absurd, blackly funny thriller set in rural Canada and based on the play by Michel Marc Bouchard. Tom (Dolan) is a dishwater-blonde city […]

DVD Review: ‘Mud’

★★★★★ It’s almost impossible not to compare Jeff Nichols’ Mud (2012) to Mark Twain’s colloquial prose for the way it mythologises the Deep South, instantly capturing a sense of all that is deeply American. Yet, the breadth of this masterfully-told […]

DVD Review: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

★★★☆☆ With the beauty of hindsight, J.J. Abrams’ sequel to his own barnstorming 2009 Star Trek reboot had a lot to live up to. Having failed to muster the requisite warp speed to really shine in a summer populated by […]

DVD Review: ‘Love is All You Need’

★★★★☆ In Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisør, 2012), a Mediterranean locale plays hosts to the upcoming nuptials of a good-looking, twentysomething couple, whilst Pierce Brosnan crops up as the father of one of the young lovers. Rest […]

DVD Review: ‘Hannibal: Season 1’

★★★☆☆ The star of no less than four Thomas Harris novels and five big screen outings (the last, 2007’s Hannibal Rising, a commercial and critical flop), refined psychiatrist turned cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter now makes his TV series […]