Film reviews and more

Month: December 2014

Film Review: ‘Kon-Tiki’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ The ocean is vast and filled with peril, but it is the foolhardy resilience of men that proves the crux of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s cinematic voyage, Kon-Tiki (2012). Norway’s most expensive production […]

Film Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Damon Runyon is often imitated but never bettered – we won’t even hold it against him that he’s partly responsible (via proxy) for the gangster films of Guy Ritchie and his ilk. Runyon’s portrayal […]

DVD Review: ‘Still the Enemy Within’

Advertisements ★★★★★ The miners’ strike of 1984-5 was a pivotal moment in the social and political history of the UK, and one which, 30 years on, we are just beginning to properly put into any sort […]

DVD Review: ‘Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ After an almost decade-long gap since Sin City (2005), you’d think that collaborators Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez would have made time to craft a watertight narrative and ensure that expectations were not only […]

DVD Review: ‘Nas: Time Is Illmatic’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ In the attempt to present a life on film, there will always be parts that are left out. The camera cannot capture every minute detail of a person’s life, and that’s an understanding audiences […]

DVD Review: ‘Hello Carter’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Filmmaker Anthony Wilcox embarks upon his first feature film in the director’s chair with a commendable amount of composure – an attitude presumably gained from experience further down the ladder on films such as […]

Film Review: ‘Manakamana’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Last year, the Harvard Sensory Ethnographic Lab swallowed screens with their briny and disorientating fish-eye-view experience, Leviathan (2012). When their latest film, Manakamana (2013) opens in the pitch dark to the whirring of mechanical […]

Film Review: ‘The Green Prince’

Advertisements ★☆☆☆☆ The Green Prince (2014) is the fantastical story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hassan Yousef one of the founders of Hamas; who was an informant for the Israeli internal secret service Shin […]

Film Review: ‘The Great Museum’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ There’s something inherently cinematic and therefore mysterious about institutions, and with the release of Johannes Holzhausen’s The Great Museum (2014) we have Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery (2014) arriving on screens in January. It’s worth […]

Film Review: ‘The Circle’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ The notion that documentary and drama should not be mixed is overturned by The Circle (2014), an ingenious and touching slice of little known gay history beautifully made by Stefan Haupt and the Swiss […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Six Gothic Tales’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ 1960 was a landmark year for scary movies. Among pioneering offerings by Bava, Franju, Hitchcock and Powell was Roger Corman and The Fall of the House of Usher – the first entry in what became known […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Les Misérables’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ It’s extremely fitting that after Tom Hooper’s star-studded version of Les Misérables (2012) has exited stage-left that Raymond Bernard original 1934 adaptation of Victor Hugo’s timeless novel should re-appear fully restored. The film was […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Killers’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner star in this re-issued classic of film noir. Adapted from a short story by Ernest Hemingway, The Killers (1946) borrows the investigative flashback structure of Citizen Kane (1941) to […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Intolerance’

Advertisements ★★★★★ The release of D.W. Griffiths’ technically dazzling and morally contemptuous The Birth of a Nation in 1915 provoked outrage from the American public. Archaic racial stereotypes were roundly condemned, and according to legend this […]