Film reviews and more

Day: 1 June 2015

DVD Review: ‘Whiplash’

★★★★☆ Having already made his first and comparatively more sombre full feature in the form of 2009’s Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, American filmmaker Damien Chazelle returns with Whiplash (2014). A bruising and bracingly melodious cat and mouse […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’

★★★☆☆ Thomas Hardy’s tale of pastoral passions in the heart of South-west England, adapted carefully but beautifully by director John Schlesinger, Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) stands the tests of time. Does it still manage to captivate? Does it […]

DVD Review: ‘Ex Machina’

★★★★☆ The best science fiction serves as a barometer of the times, a tool with which to gauge the concerns of our age. In Ex Machina (2015), the superb directorial debut of genre polymath Alex Garland, our contemporary technological fear […]

DVD Review: ‘American Sniper’

★★☆☆☆ In American Sniper (2014), Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) insists on keeping both eyes open when peering through the sights of his rifle. His reasoning is sound; to keep a weather eye on the rest of his surroundings. […]