DVD Review: ‘The Guillotines’

★★☆☆☆ From Andrew Lau, the renowned director of Infernal Affairs (2002), comes The Guillotines (2012), an erratic wuxia epic that struggles to conjoin the steampunk weapon-play of its elaborate and explosive overture, with the theatrically tedious staging of the historical epic which follows. Set during China’s Manchurian-ruled Qing Dynasty, the Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘For Elisa’

★★☆☆☆ If your definition of a good horror film is one that both sickens and nauseates in equal measure, then Juanra Fernández’s debut feature and 2013 FrightFest select For Elisa (Para Elisa in the original Spanish) is for you. If, however, you possess even a modicum of good taste, then Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Flu’

★★★☆☆ It’s hard to describe Kim Sung-su’s epidemic thriller – out now on DVD here in the UK – without mentioning other well-known entries in the sub-genre. Outbreak (1995) and Steven Soderbergh’s skin-crawling Contagion (2011) are obvious touchstones for this action-packed tale of a lethal infection running rampant in urban Continue Reading

Film Review: Keeping Rosy

★★★☆☆ The feature debut from commercials director Steve Reeves and produced by Isabelle Georgeaux and Richard Holmes – the pair behind Amit Gupta’s Resistance (2011) -Keeping Rosy (2014) is a compact and modest low budget drama that nevertheless showcases the clear talent of its first-time helmer. Maxine Peake, last seen Continue Reading