Film reviews and more

Day: 22 June 2015

Blu-ray Review: ‘Forty Guns’

★★★★★ During his tenure at The AV Club, Dissolve editor Scott Tobias conceived of ‘The New Cult Canon’ – a list of modern classics from across the board, blind to the demarcations of low and high culture. It was one […]

DVD Review: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

★★★★☆ Should we really be that surprised that Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) is a good film? One of cinema’s great virtues is its ability to transform the dimestore aesthetic into art. Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of the infamous novel is […]

DVD Review: ‘Dior and I’

★★★☆☆ Intimacy infuses director Frédéric Tcheng’s Dior and I (2014). His second film at the helm situates itself in the centre of a veritable institution in the world of fashion: the haute couture house of Christian Dior. In the film, […]

Interview: Eskil Vogt on debut feature ‘Blind’

“You sound metallic, like I’m talking to a robot,” states director Eskil Vogt, referring to the poor reception on the line to Oslo. He’s enthusiastic to press on, an admirable attitude considering the UK release of his new film Blind […]

DVD Review: ‘Blind’

★★★★☆ Director Eskil Vogt’sBlind (2014) begins with a black screen. Then the voice of Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) starts conjuring images. Nothing too big, but rather evocative fragments of the whole: the cracks in the bark of an oak, or […]

DVD Review: ‘Blackhat’

★★★☆☆ The evocation of a western villain may be a happy coincidence, but with cyber-thriller Blackhat (2014) Michael Mann remains recognisably concerned with the masculine duels around the law’s fraying edges. Again, Mann focuses on characters racing along legal blurred […]