Film reviews and more

Year: 2014

Film Review: ‘Need for Speed’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ Once again, that potentially lucrative and creative synergy between the gaming world and action cinema falls considerably short with the release of Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed (2014), a particularly lunkheaded adaptation of the […]

Film Review: ‘The Invisible War’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ There is little that can prepare an audience for the stomach-churning realities presented in Kirby Dick’s exposé, The Invisible War (2012). A searing investigation into rape within the various branches of the US military, […]

DVD Review: ‘Transport from Paradise’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ “Theresienstadt is truly the town Adolf Hitler has gifted to the Jews,” claims SS General Knecht (Jindřich Narenta) as he is being shown around the ghetto in Czech director Zbynĕk Brynych’s gruelling Transport from […]

DVD Review: ‘Starlet’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ New on DVD this week through Soda Pictures, Sean Baker’s Starlet (2012) is a sun-drenched LA-based drama that’s almost as warm and glamorous as its geographical setting. Starring Dree Hemingway (the great-granddaughter of novelist […]

DVD Review: ‘Short Term 12’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ With Sundance hit Short Term 12 (2013), debut director Destin Daniel Cretton has crafted an intimate yet highly moving tale, bolstered further still by a powerful, superlative performance from up-and-coming star Brie Larson. Larson plays […]

Interview: Brie Larson chats ‘Short Term 12’

Advertisements Next Monday (10 March) sees the release of Destin Daniel Cretton’s directorial debut Short Term 12 (2013) on DVD and Blu-ray, courtesy of Verve Pictures. Once an outside bet for a late Academy Awards run, the […]

DVD Review: ‘Metro Manila’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Sean Ellis’ Filipino drama Metro Manila (2013) took home the Best British Independent Film award at the BIFAs last December, although you’d be forgiven for not recognising its homegrown credentials. Set in a foreign […]

DVD Review: ‘In Fear’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Over the years, four-wheeled vehicles have proved themselves as worthy settings for tense thrillers, Spielberg’s Duel (1971) and Tarantino’s Death Proof (2007) being two of the most successful examples. With In Fear (2013), Sherlock scribe […]

DVD Review: ‘Ender’s Game’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Orson Scott Card’s revered sci-fi novel Ender’s Game spent years in development limbo, directors and stars coming and going before South African writer and director Gavin Hood got behind the reins to bring it […]

DVD Review: ‘Drinking Buddies’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ The American mumblecore movement has found itself at a crossroads of late it would seem, ironically caught in its own adolescent identity crisis. Whilst many of its alumni such as the Duplass brothers and […]

DVD Review: ‘Age of Uprising’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ Following the runaway success of Danish director Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair (2012) a couple of years back, another period European drama of revolt and revenge starring the magnetic Mads Mikkelsen would undoubtedly have seemed […]

Film Review: ‘Rome, Open City’

Advertisements ★★★★★ By 1944, Italy’s film industry was virtually non-existent. Funding in the arts was severed to pool resources in the reconstruction of the country’s war-torn landscape. Yet it were these financial obstructions that inspired one […]

Film Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Wes Anderson has long been a purveyor of painstakingly detailed worlds; heightened realities from which tastes and textures seem to leap off the screen. His latest offering, The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), is no […]

Film Review: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ Despite being an orgy of blood and testosterone, there was something refreshing in the depiction of ancient Greece in Zack Snyder’s 300 (2006). Cinema has a propensity for curbing the outlandish elements of Hellenic […]

DVD Review: ‘The Patience Stone’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ It takes a brave director to tackle a film set mainly in one room, the type of set-up usually far better suited to theatre than cinema. It makes more sense upon learning that director […]