Film Review: ‘Mistaken for Strangers’

★★★★☆ Mistaken for Strangers (2013) is a rockumentary like no other: a behind-the-scenes expose of indie rock darlings The National from the perspective of Tom Berninger, the younger brother of the band’s lead vocalist, Matt. Tom previously only had a couple of zero-budget horrors under his belt (including a film Continue Reading

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Edinburgh 2014: ‘Letters from the South’ review

★★★★☆ Six directors presenting six separate encounters from four Southeast Asian countries, Letters from the South (2013) explores the fluid relationship between the Chinese diaspora and their homeland. Shot across Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Myanmar, this fascinating anthology depicts the crisis of identity that accompanies international migration. China has a Continue Reading

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Hellion’ review

★★★☆☆ Teenage rebellion in the sundrenched plains of Texas is the subject of Kat Candler’s Hellion (2014), an ultimately unremarkable drama starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, with a breakout performance by 14-year-old Josh Wiggins. Wiggins plays Jacob, the rough-and-tumble adolescent seen at the beginning of the film smashing up cars Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘The Punk Singer’

★★★★☆ “I’m gonna finish my fuckin’ symphony.” That powerful phrase comes up as Kathleen Hanna recalls a musician friend’s defiant reaction to a hideous assault in college. It’s also a perfect encapsulation of the spirit of The Punk Singer (2013), Sini Anderson’s scrappy, vital documentary on Hanna, the fiery frontwoman Continue Reading