Film reviews and more

Day: 14 July 2014

DVD Review: ‘The Lunchbox’

★★★☆☆ A nostalgic throwback to the Satyajit Ray heyday of Indian arthouse – though admittedly lacking much of Ray’s sociopolitical spice – Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox (2013) blends teasing comic romance with a not-unrealistic portrait of […]

DVD Review: ‘In Bloom’

★★★★☆ Based on her own experiences growing up in Georgia, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’ In Bloom (2013) uses adolescence as the conduit in which to explore the confused identity of a country in transition. Perceptive […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Harold & Maude’

★★★☆☆ As artistic styles develop and audience sensibilities change, it’s inevitable that certain causes célèbres will lose a certain sense of purpose as the years go by. And yet, Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude remains as […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Driver’

★★★★★ The B-movie form begins and ends with Walter Hill’s The Driver (1978). It’s the blueprint genre picture; a year zero for the modern cult canon. When the French Nouvelle Vague repurposed the American genres of […]