Film reviews and more

Month: December 2014

DVD Review: ‘In Their Room’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ For their 2013 collaboration, Interior. Leather Bar, Travis Mathews and James Franco worked on the premise of a reimagining the lost 40 minutes of William Friedkin’s 1980 film Cruising – cut by censors who […]

DVD Review: ‘Finding Fela’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ The life of revered Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti almost feels too unwieldy and ambitious to fit into just one feature-length documentary, but Alex Gibney makes a good fist of it with […]

DVD Review: ‘The Congress’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Director Ari Folman follows up the daring Waltz with Bashir (2008) with an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s novel The Futurological Congress, through which he explores the darker side of Hollywood and the human psyche. […]

LPFF 2014: ‘Eyes of a Thief’ review

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ The London Palestinian Film Festival opened with Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief (2014), Palestine’s chosen representative in the 2014 Academy Awards. Following on from her well received debut Pomegranates And Myrrh (2008), Eyes […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Pulp Fiction: 20th Anniversary Edition’

Advertisements ★★★★★ It’s hard to believe the film that launched a thousand talky, hipster-inflected indie movies and changed the whole face of the industry is actually twenty years old. The sophomoric effort of a young film […]

Film Review: ‘St. Vincent’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Despite cultivating an identity as one of cinema’s most loveable malcontents, Bill Murray’s achievements remain unrecognised by the Academy. However, thanks to Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent (2014), Murray finds himself in the running for […]

Film Review: ‘Men, Women & Children’

Advertisements ★☆☆☆☆ If Jason Reitman’s Labor Day (2013) was a misstep, then Men, Women & Children (2014) is the director missing the step and falling flat on his face at the bottom of the stairs. A […]

Film Review: ‘Eastern Boys’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Writer and director Robin Campillo (The Returned 2004) surely has a taste for exploring intricate social themes and his latest effort, Eastern Boys (2013), demonstrates that no topic is too large. A whirling vortex […]

DVD Review: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ If there’s one thing that’s a certainty with Disney these days, it’s that they do love an animated sequel. Created in abundance during the early nineties, with mostly unnecessary follow-ups to Aladdin, The Lion […]

DVD Review: ‘Inbetweeners 2’

Advertisements ★☆☆☆☆ The failures of The Inbetweeners 2 (2014) – as with many other films crafted from much-enjoyed television series’ – would be easy to chalk down to the impossibility of recapturing the magic of what […]

DVD Review: ‘Hercules’

Advertisements ★☆☆☆☆ Hollywood has made a habit of reappropriating myths and fairytales, setting about debunking and demystifying them for modern audiences. The latest such icon to undergo this particular treatment of refinement is the son of […]

DVD Review: ‘A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Narrative is not even a remote concern for Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, the co-directors of the experimental mixed-media art documentary, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2014). Carved into three distinct acts, […]