Film reviews and more

Day: 6 September 2013

Film Review: ‘The Stuart Hall Project’

★★★☆☆ John Akomfrah’s documentary about leading cultural theorist Stuart Hall offers a vivid portrait of the Jamaican-born academic, who was at the centre of the New Left movement. Exploring this integral figure, The Stuart Hall Project […]

Film Review: ‘The Great Hip Hop Hoax’

★★★☆☆ In the mid-noughties, hip-hop outfit Silibil n’ Brains arrived in London from California with the dream of conquering the British music industry. At their first gig, their energy and humour got them spotted by a […]

Film Review: ‘More Than Honey’

★★★☆☆ Narrated by British national treasure John Hurt, Markus Imhoof’s More Than Honey (2012) serves as an impassioned ode to the humble bee, whilst at the same time lamenting the steady decline of these most important […]

Film Review: ‘Pietà’

★★☆☆☆ Winner of the sought-after Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival (to the surprise and chagrin of many an attendee), South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk continues his voyage through dark, troubled waters with Pietà (2012), […]

Film Review: ‘Any Day Now’

★★★★☆ Travis Fine’s poignant second feature about a gay couple’s attempts to adopt a Down’s syndrome child is a well-crafted drama with a powerful message and stellar performances from Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt. Based on […]

Film Review: ‘Jadoo’

★★★☆☆ Released in UK cinemas this week following a world premiere in Berlin earlier this year comes light-hearted British delicacy Jadoo (2013), from the team behind 2011’s Resistance. Trading the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside […]

Film Review: ‘Museum Hours’

★★★★☆ Jem Cohen paints an arresting and mesmeric drama in his first narrative feature, Museum Hours (2012). Comparable to the literature of Italo Calvino in the way Cohen has managed to produce a potent portrait of […]