Film reviews and more

Day: 1 October 2013

Blu-ray Review: ‘Van Gogh’

★★★★☆ The biopic – with its predilection towards didacticism and earnestness – has always been a troublesome form of cinema but, with Van Gogh (1991), Maurice Pialat expertly navigates the minefield of cliché and shakes the […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘La Notte’

★★★★☆ Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni was never one to shy away from an elliptical narrative. Depending on your temperament, his cold, alienating projections have been either lauded or denounced, but always cinematically significant. At times, cinematography […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Lonely Wife’ & ‘The Coward’

★★★★★ The years 1964-5 saw the release of Satyajit Ray’s arguable masterpiece The Lonely Wife (Charulata) and the smaller variation on a theme, The Coward (Kapurush), both now reissued in pristine Blu-ray versions by distributor Artificial […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Convoy’

★★★☆☆ Based on the popular song of the same name by C. W. McCall (yes, really), Hollywood hell-raiser Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy (1978) gets an unexpected DVD and Blu-ray rerelease this week through StudioCanal, presumably opening up […]