Film reviews and more

Day: 5 August 2014

Blu-ray Review: ‘Swallows and Amazons’

★★★★☆ It’s the ideal time for the rerelease of Bafta-nominated director Claude Whatham’s Swallows and Amazons (1974) – the cinematic retelling of Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s adventure story. Not only is the film celebrating its 40th […]

DVD Review: ‘Starred Up’

★★★★☆ The young male inmate rallying against the system is hardly untapped territory in film, but with Starred Up (2013) writer Jonathan Asser and director David Mackenzie have succeeded in putting a fresh spin on that […]

DVD Review: ‘Pioneer’

★★☆☆☆ It’s not very often that a foreign-language original leaves you hankering for its already-announced US remake. This, sadly, is the case with Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s surprisingly frothy fourth feature Pioneer (2013). Whilst substantially glossier […]

DVD Review: ‘Labor Day’

★★☆☆☆ Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, Labor Day (2013) sees Canadian director Jason Reitman undertake a marked departure from the forthright yet blithe approach that made his indie-spirited offerings such as […]