Film reviews and more

Day: 21 September 2015

DVD Review: ‘New Girlfriend’

★★★☆☆ Having continued his fascination with the secrets and lies that act as an ostensibly dormant undercurrent to everyday life with recent films such as In the House (2012) and Jeune & Jolie (2013) – the latter of which this shares a sexuality-based topic – François Ozon returns with The New Girlfriend (2015), an audacious but somewhat insubstantial drama […]

DVD Review: ‘The Goob’

★★★☆☆ It may be a stretch to herald The Goob (2014) as an East Anglian Gummo but it certainly shares some similarities with Harmony Korine’s debut. The flat, dusty Norfolk setting is the type of landscape seldom represented in UK cinema, and there are moments when it feels like you’re watching a US Midwestern counterpart. Liam Walpole as the […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Eaten Alive’

★☆☆☆☆ Tobe Hooper has enjoyed an erratic career, but even some of his lesser titles manage to be sporadically entertaining. Eaten Alive (1976) is the exception. A follow-up to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Hooper swaps the vérité terror of that horror masterpiece for a stagy, plodding slice of wannabe southern Gothic-cum-grubby exploitation flick. The film’s genuinely creepy […]

DVD Review: ‘Big Game’

★★★☆☆ “This is not a good idea.” Uttered around the halfway mark by Samuel L. Jackson’s nonplussed President William Moore, this neatly summarises the thesis of Jalmari Helander’s Big Game (2014), an imperfect but enjoyable mixture of McTiernan-esque violence, Bruckheimer-esque silliness and 1980s-vintage Spielberg kids’ adventure. Indeed, Big Game’s veering tone often threatens to derail the audience’s suspension of […]