DVD Review: ‘Black Rock’

★★☆☆☆ Ostensibly, Black Rock (2012) appears to present a gritty thriller via a noticeably female perspective. Directed by actress Katie Aselton (from a script via husband Mark Duplass) she is also one of the three main actresses whose characters form the flesh and bones of the narrative. Sadly, these potentially Continue Reading


DVD Review: ‘Family Tree’

★★★★★ From the pen of writer, actor and comedian Christopher Guest comes HBO’s Family Tree, a mockumentary series that centre on one man’s mission to find himself – one relative at a time. Fresh from his big screen success in Bridesmaids (2011) and The Sapphires (2012), Chris O’Dowd takes the Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Dead Man Down’

★★☆☆☆ An Irishman playing an Hungarian, an Englishman playing an American and a Swede playing a Frenchmen all stroll onto a film set. They then proceed to look sombre for two hours whilst exchanging gunfire with some Americans playing Americans. Dead Man Down (2013), the first American production by Swedish Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Byzantium’

★★★☆☆ Almost twenty years after Interview with the Vampire (1994), Neil Jordan returns to horror with an uneven but literate canter through a rich canon of vampire mythology. Byzantium’s (2012) novelistic sweep covers the breadth of the folkloric canon, from Bram Stoker to Stephenie Meyer. While there’s frequently a lack Continue Reading