DVD Review: ‘Transport from Paradise’

★★★☆☆ “Theresienstadt is truly the town Adolf Hitler has gifted to the Jews,” claims SS General Knecht (Jindřich Narenta) as he is being shown around the ghetto in Czech director Zbynĕk Brynych’s gruelling Transport from Paradise (1963). Presented merely as the Nazi’s overseeing an autonomous Jewish community in the appropriated Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘Starlet’

★★★☆☆ New on DVD this week through Soda Pictures, Sean Baker’s Starlet (2012) is a sun-drenched LA-based drama that’s almost as warm and glamorous as its geographical setting. Starring Dree Hemingway (the great-granddaughter of novelist Ernest Hemingway) in her first leading role, Baker’s film may contain the same adult iconography Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Short Term 12’

★★★★☆ With Sundance hit Short Term 12 (2013), debut director Destin Daniel Cretton has crafted an intimate yet highly moving tale, bolstered further still by a powerful, superlative performance from up-and-coming star Brie Larson. Larson plays Grace, a twentysomething supervisor at a foster care facility – a mainly relaxed environment where Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Metro Manila’

★★★★☆ Sean Ellis’ Filipino drama Metro Manila (2013) took home the Best British Independent Film award at the BIFAs last December, although you’d be forgiven for not recognising its homegrown credentials. Set in a foreign capital, with dialogue primarily in Tagalog (which the director doesn’t speak), it may be a Continue Reading