Film reviews and more

Day: 28 October 2013

DVD Review: ‘My Amityville Horror’

★★★★☆ The Amityville Horror (1979) and its 2005 remake focused on the supposedly true story of a supernatural attack upon one American family in the mid-70s. After moving into a former murder site at 112 Ocean Avenue, the Lutz family […]

DVD Review: ‘Twixt’

★★★☆☆ Francis Ford Coppola continues his descent into filmmaking obscurity with Twixt (2011), an intermittently handsome horror starring a waning Val Kilmer and an ashen-faced Elle Fanning that surprised many when included within Cahiers du Cinéma’s rundown of 2012’s best […]

DVD Review: ‘Snitch’

★★☆☆☆ Former wrestler Dwayne Johnson’s name has become synonymous with movies that describe themselves as high-octane and adrenaline fuelled. Ric Roman Waugh’s Snitch (2013), an action-thriller is another one of those films but with its sights set on a moral […]

DVD Review: ‘Renoir’

★★★☆☆ Renoir (2012), Gilles Bourdos’ sumptuous portrait of the French master’s final years and his filmmaker son Jean’s first creative stirrings, is big on atmosphere but lacks dramatic tension. Father (Michel Bouquet) and son (Vincent Rottiers) fall for the same […]

DVD Review: ‘Our Children’

★★★★☆ Belgian director Joachim Lafosse seems to lay all of his cards on the table in the opening moments of his fifth feature, Our Children (2012). The action commences with a plaintive Murielle (an award-winning Émilie Dequenne) asking from a […]

DVD Review: ‘Drug War’

★★★★☆ Prolific Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To’s Drug War (2012) has sadly become yet another notable work from a respected auteur to go unceremoniously straight to DVD in the UK this year. Like Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt (2011) (also released […]

DVD Review: ‘Call Girl’

★★★☆☆ Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl (2012) arrives on DVD this week following a fruitful festival run, the highlight of which was bagging the FIPRESCI award at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. Inspired by the 1976 Geijer Affair, this is an […]

DVD Review: ‘Before Midnight’

★★★★★ The third in arguably cinema’s most romantic trilogies, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy this year reprised their roles as Jesse and Celine, an American man and a French woman at the heart of indie filmmaker Richard Linklater’s Before triptych. […]

DVD Review: ‘The Bling Ring’

★★☆☆☆ We all, if being honest, envy to some degree the lifestyles of Hollywood’s rich and famous. For most however, lusting after their wealth ends with reading celebrity magazines or watching the latest TV documentary. Not so for the Californian […]