Film reviews and more

Day: 11 August 2014

DVD Review: ‘Independencia’

★★★★☆ Filipino director Raya Martin was only twenty-four years old when he made Independencia (2009), the second film in his ongoing trilogy about the colonial past of his home country. It is a work steeped in history – national, cultural and cinematic – that explores […]

DVD Review: ‘Divergent’

★★☆☆☆ The first entry in a four-part sci-fi series, Divergent (2014) sees Shailene Woodley star as Beatrice (or ‘Tris’ as she renames herself during the story), one of the few inhabitants left in a desolate and splintered Chicago, a dystopian vision of the future in […]

DVD Review: ‘Calvary’

★★★★☆ “One part humanism to nine parts gallows humour” is how one character describes themselves in John Michael McDonagh’s sophomore feature, Calvary (2014). These are just two of the aspects that go into the director’s study of religion and integrity in a broken modern Ireland. […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘The 400 Blows’ & ‘The Soft Skin’

★★★★★ François Truffaut was, on the face of it, the straight edge of the Nouvelle Vague. If Godard was obsessed with the form of cinema, then Truffaut was concerned with its storytelling make-up. His innovations were of the dramatic sort, with a large proportion of […]