Film reviews and more

Day: 26 November 2013

DVD Review: ‘World Cinema Project – Volume One’

★★★★☆ Martin Scorsese has always been a dedicated cinephile as well as a lauded filmmaker. Even his 3D fantasy Hugo (2011) extolled the virtues of film preservation. Looking to champion forgotten gems from around the globe, […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Heaven’s Gate’

★★★★★ Beginning with a graduation and ending with tears of regret, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate (1980) is a monumental piece of American cinema; an opulent leviathan that moves to its own strange rhythm. While its troubling […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Betty Blue’

★★★★★ One of the most iconic French offerings of the eighties, Jean Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue (1986) not only filled cinemas and earned itself BAFTA and Oscar attention, but its César Award-winning poster found itself adorning […]

DVD Review: ‘The World’s End’

★★★★☆ Marking the third and concluding instalment of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End (2013) serves up a superb concoction of sharp dialogue and pathos, along with a stellar cast, to provide a fitting, if […]

DVD Review: ‘The Wolverine’

★★★☆☆ Hugh Jackman returns to the franchise that made his name for a fifth time in The Wolverine (2013), a serviceable if somewhat anaemic entry that continues to investigate the X-Men series’ chief protagonist in a […]

DVD Review: ‘Stuck in Love’

★★★☆☆ Debut director Josh Boone’s Stuck in Love (2012) is an intelligent romantic comedy about love, loss, the consolations of literature and the familial bonds that tie. Divorced novelist Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear) still lays a […]

DVD Review: ‘Red 2’

★★☆☆☆ Robert Schwentke’s Red (2010) came as a minor surprise. This first story of ageing spies being hunted out of retirement was an enjoyable romp; an action film that didn’t merely coast on the names of […]

DVD Review: ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’

★★★★☆ Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s provocative documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013) follows the trial of Nadia (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova), Katia (Ekaterina Samutsevich) and Masha (Maria Alyokhina), three members of the Russian punk band Pussy […]