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 competition at Venice, The Zero Theorem (2013) – Gilliam’s first Continue Reading

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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 contemporary fable feels entirely original (and comfortingly familiar), told through Continue Reading