Film reviews and more

Day: 22 September 2014

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Gang’s All Here’

★★★★★ When we think of the American musical, our collective consciousness will immediately race to Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, but choreographer turned director Busby Berkeley is the flamboyant, wildcard auteur of the genre. After organising military parades as an […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘A Farewell to Arms’

★★★★★ “Illicit love! Illegitimate birth! Desertion from the army!” cried the Hollywood censors at the prospect of bringing Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms to the screen. “This is a magnificently written story and a great one but it is […]

DVD Review: ‘Children’s Film Foundation: Outer Space’

★★★★☆ Newly released by the BFI this week ahead of its upcoming sci-fi season, the collection Outer Space – encompassing three classics from the Children’s Film Foundation, directed by Harley Cokeliss, Guy Fergusson and Ian Shand – proves why works […]

DVD Review: ‘Before the Winter Chill’

★★★★☆ French director Philippe Claudel’s noirish new thriller Before the Winter Chill (2013), starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil, follows the fortunes of middle-aged couple who find their marriage threatened by a troubled young woman. Paul (Auteuil) is a […]