Film reviews and more

Day: 11 November 2014

DVD Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

★★★★☆ Bryan Singer’s freshest contribution to the X-Men canon proves to be his most ambitious and complicated to date. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) brings together the stellar ensembles of both X-Men (2000) and X-Men: First Class (2011) for a film that completely rewrites the direction of the franchise. In their latest outing, we discover that the X-Men […]

DVD Review: ‘Walesa: Man of Hope’

★★★★☆ One might presume that filmmakers would slow down and smooth off the edges in their dotage, regardless of the material or  the formal experimentation of their youth. Fortunately, there are many that defy that expectation. The 84 year-old Jean-Luc Godard’s abrasive Goodbye to Language 3D (2014) is about as far from safe as one can feasibly imagine while […]

DVD Review: ‘Tammy’

★★★☆☆ Melissa McCarthy is the leading lady cinema needs, but she’s not necessary the one it wants. Co-written by McCarthy and her director husband Ben Falcone, Tammy (2014) is a Hollywood road movie for the neglected women of cinema. McCarthy plays the titular Tammy, a churlish underdog who’s wilfully unaware of her limitations, believing the world is against her […]

DVD Review: ‘Romance’

★★★★☆ While Catherine Breillat’s excellent latest film The Abuse of Weakness (2013) continues to languish in UK distribution limbo, it’s a great pleasure to see a reissue of Romance (1999), her highly controversial treatise on female sexuality. It is the perfect summation of her cinema; explicit, ruminative and bracing – a film that attacks the partial nature of love […]