Film reviews and more

Day: 1 September 2014

Venice 2014: ‘These Are the Rules’ review

★★★★☆ Ognjen Svilicic’s These Are the Rules (2014) is a modest work of quiet desperation, but it’s obvious restraint and slow unwinding has a powerful, unsettling and ultimately moving effect. Middle-aged bus driver Ivo (Emir Hadžihafizbegović) […]

Venice 2014: ‘Hungry Hearts’ review

★★☆☆☆ Saverio Costanzo returns to Venice in competition with his second film, Hungry Hearts (2014), a claustrophobic drama about a young couple and their conflicting views on parenting. Adam Driver plays Jude (Thomas Hardy would be […]

DVD Review: ‘I Am Divine’

★★★★☆ In 1998, independent director Steve Yeager chronicled the lifework of transgressive eccentric John Waters in Divine Trash. The documentary’s success manifested itself into a warranted trophy at that year’s Sundance Film Festival for Best Documentary. […]

DVD Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

★★☆☆☆ That (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb’s first instalment in this Marvel franchise reboot, 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, failed to live up to its presumptive title was something of a disappointment, as a refreshing […]