Film reviews and more

Day: 19 May 2014

Cannes 2014: ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ review

★★☆☆☆ Appearing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes in a shortened version of the film previously screened at Toronto, Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) is now subtitled ‘Them’ rather than the […]

Cannes 2014: ‘Maps to the Stars’ review

★★★★☆ A brutal, crackling and savage Hollywood satire, Maps to the Stars (2014) is also David Cronenberg’s return to the monster movie almost thirty years on from the release of The Fly (1986). This time, however, […]

DVD Review: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

★★★★★ With the Academy Award-nominated comic-drama The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese has made a great American epic for our times. It’s a picture to enthral, revile and repulse; an illicitly bewitching […]

DVD Review: ‘Wish You Were Here’

★★★☆☆ After carving out a successful career as an actor, including roles in films such as David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom (2010) and The Reef (2010), Kieran Darcy-Smith shifts his focus behind the camera for Wish You […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Nosferatu, the Vampyre’

★★★★☆ Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski’s creative partnerships are historic. The notorious temper of Kinski coupled with Herzog’s grandiose pipe-dreaming made for bombastic on and offscreen affairs. It was hell for them and movie ecstasy for […]

DVD Review: ‘Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark’

★★★☆☆ Younger generations will undoubtedly associate the music of celebrated American jazz performer Nat King Cole with the annual, high-end department store Christmas adverts it usually crops up in. There’s much more to the man and […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Aguirre, the Wrath of God’

★★★★★ The extremities of the human psyche have for decades fascinated Bavarian auteur Werner Herzog; from the gleeful revolt of Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) right through to the drug-fuelled excesses of Bad Lieutenant: Port of […]