Film reviews and more

Day: 3 October 2013

Film Review: ‘How I Live Now’

★★☆☆☆ Apocalyptic teen angst is the order of the day in Kevin Macdonald’s limp and languid How I Live Now (2013), a functional – if uninspiring – adaptation of the 2004 Meg Rosoff novel of the […]

Film Review: ‘Filth’

★★★☆☆ The fourth Irvine Welsh novel to be adapted for the big screen, Jon S. Baird’s Filth (2013) thankfully bears far more in common with the drug-fuelled classic Trainspotting (1996) than the other less successful translations. […]

Film Review: ‘Emperor’

★★☆☆☆ World wars and their subsequent fallout are topics cinema loves revisiting. Directed by Peter Webber and set in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Emperor (2012) centres on the efforts of military intelligence […]

Film Review: ‘Camp 14’

★★★★☆ Earlier this year, Joshua Oppenheimer’s chilling documentary The Act of Killing (2013) recreated the events of the 1965 military coup in Indonesia. Approaching equally harrowing material, Marc Wiese’s third documentary feature, Camp 14: Total Control […]

Film Review: ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’

★★★★☆ “I already am eating from the trash can. The name of this trash can is ‘ideology.” These are the opening words to psychoanalytic critic and cultural philosopher Slavoj Žižek’s The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2013), […]