Film reviews and more

Day: 23 April 2014

Film Review: You & Me Forever

★★★☆☆ Teenage rebellion is a well-documented phenomenon and one that plays particularly well on film, where bright, sexy images can be used to punctuate the sound of tutting adults. Kaspar Munk’s Danish offering You & Me Forever (2012) fits neatly […]

Film Review: ‘Tracks’

★★★☆☆ Robyn Davidson’s nine-month solo trek across the outback is a true-life legend in her native Australia, so its surprising that it only now finds a first cinematic transfer in Tracks (2013), a handsome adaptation by John Curran starring a […]

Film Review: ‘Looking for Light: Jane Bown’

★★★★☆ A photographer for broadsheet paper The Observer since 1949, Jane Bown spent the better part of sixty years visually capturing and chronicling an expansive handful of the world’s most distinctive and distinguished icons; a perfectionist whose unassuming approach is […]

Film Review: ‘The Informant’

★★☆☆☆ Not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh’s comic caper of the same name starring a moustachioed Matt Damon, Julien Leclercq’s The Informant (2013) is a thriller based on an autobiographical novel by Marc Fievet. In this instance, it’s a […]

Film Review: ‘Exhibition’

★★★★☆ Despite, or perhaps due to, the ever-present spectre of funding cuts and the commonly espoused notion that our national cinema’s global influence is on the wane, Britain is currently producing some exceptional filmmaking talent. Alongside the box office and […]

Film Review: ‘An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker’

★★★☆☆ In 2011, Bosnian director Danis Tanović read a story in a newspaper about the touching travails of an impoverished Roma family before later taking it upon himself to tell their story. Three years later, his neorealist drama An Episode […]

Film Review: ‘After the Night’

★★☆☆☆ Selected as part of the Directors’ Fortnight strand at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Basil da Cunha’s feature debut After the Night (2013) paints an initially intriguing picture of nocturnal life in Lisbon’s crime-ridden suburbs, but ultimately fails to […]