Film reviews and more

Day: 21 January 2014

Glasgow 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel to open festival

The full programme for the tenth edition of the ever expanding Glasgow Film Festival (20 February to 2 March, 2014) was revealed earlier this evening, with the unmistakable Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, selected as the Opening Gala film. Closing will the Scottish premiere of celebrated British director Jonathan Glazer’s abstract sci-fi Under the Skin (reviewed […]

DVD Review: ‘White House Down’

★★☆☆☆ In 1812, the British burnt the White House to the ground – the only time since the Revolutionary War that America’s capital has ever been occupied. That is until 2013, when both Antoine Fuqua and Roland Emmerich duked it out at the box office in an attempted to occupy Washington’s most famous residence. In Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen, […]

DVD Review: ‘The Stuart Hall Project’

★★★★☆ Ghana-born director John Akomfrah – the creative mind behind 1987’s Handsworth Songs and, more recently, The Nine Muses – made a triumphant return last year with The Stuart Hall Project (2013), a multi-layered video essay on the fluidity of identity in 20th century Britain which revolved around its titular cultural theorist. Hall, a working-class Jamaican with consequent links […]

Blu-ray Review: The Poirot Collection

★★★☆☆ Hercule Poirot has been a mainstay on British television screens over the past quarter of a century thanks to David Suchet’s definitive portrayal of the portly Belgian sleuth. Courtesy of UK distributors StudioCanal, three of the great detective’s most widely watched feature-length cases are now available on Blu-ray in a new box set – entitled The Poirot Collection […]

DVD Review: ‘In a World’

★★☆☆☆ Joining the contemporary collective of female filmmakers laying in the wake of the multi-hyphenate works of Lena Dunham, American actress Lake Bell makes her directorial debut with In a World (2013), a project she also writes and stars in. Always the ditsy foil or sidelined supporting foil in bland romantic comedies, from No Strings Attached (2011) to Over […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Computer Chess’

★★★★☆ An alumni of the mumblecore school for young American filmmakers, Andrew Bujalski is generally regarded as having made the first ‘official’ film of this demonstrably divisive sub-genre with Funny Ha Ha (2002). His fourth feature, Computer Chess (2013), successfully utilises this minimal and heavily naturalistic approach to tell the tale of a fictional chess competition between competitive computer […]

DVD Review: ‘The Colony’

★★☆☆☆ Jeff Renfroe’s The Colony (2013) paints a bleak picture of humanity’s future; a post-apocalyptic world where climate change has left the Earth shrouded in a permanent deluge of ice and snow. Starring Kevin Zegers and nineties action movie luminaries Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton, what at first promises to be a taut survival procedural soon reveals itself to […]