Film reviews and more

Month: October 2017

Film Review: Thor: Ragnarok

★★★★☆ New Zealand director Taika Waititi brings his comic skills to the latest Marvel instalment Thor: Ragnarok – a gleefully rainbow-coloured romp that feels like a Saturday morning cartoon on a big budget, packed with the director’s brand of off-beat […]

Film Review: The Snowman

★★☆☆☆ Harry Hole is a barely functional alcoholic, but he’s also the best detective on the Oslo Police Force. When a series of women are abducted and killed, each left with a snowman marking the crime, Harry must grapple with […]

Film Review: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

★★★★★ Sophie Fiennes returns with yet another fascinating character study, blending slick concert footage with impromptu, intimate filming of musician and fashion icon Grace Jones as she darts between America, Europe and Jamaica – a force of vitality and glamour. […]

Film Review: Deliver Us (Liberami)

★★★☆☆ In select UK cinemas this week, Italian director Federica Di Giacomo eschews genre sensationalism for her Palermo-set exorcism documentary Deliver Us (Liberami), which is far more interested in its human subjects than it is in the demonic.Of course, the very […]

Film Review: Call Me by Your Name

★★★★★ Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name completes the Italian director’s trilogy of desire. Based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman, this luxurious coming-of-age tale is a portrait of youthful infatuation complete with its highs […]

Interview: Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Breathe

Ahead of its release in UK cinemas nationwide, our very own Zoe Margolis sat down with British Breathe stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy to chat about their experience of shooting the film and of working with director Andy Serkis. […]

Film Review: Breathe

★★★★☆ From Andy Serkis’ production company The Imaginarium, Breathe marks Serkis’ feature directorial debut and, as a romantic tearjerker, is a departure from the usual VFX-heavy fantasy movies we’re familiar with seeing him in.Written by William Nicholson, Breathe is the […]

DVD Review: The Party

★★★☆☆ Hrundi (Peter Sellers) is an Indian actor freshly fired due to his bumbling clumsiness. But a mix up means that instead of being blacklisted, he is invited to an exclusive Hollywood party. Cue plenty of pratfalls, mishaps and other […]

DVD Review: Getting Any?

★★☆☆☆ Driven by bedroom walls covered in pornography and his childish erotic fantasies, Asao (Duncan) is a young man determined to get laid. Through a series of schemes to attract women, he finds himself in increasingly bizarre and surreal scenarios.No […]

DVD Review: George A. Romero Between Night and Dawn

★★★☆☆ Following the success of Night of the Living Dead, the late George A. Romero became something of a one-man movie studio in his adopted city of Pittsburgh. Romero didn’t opt for the obvious and took a much more unconventional, […]

Film Review: North by Northwest

★★★★★ Trouble lurks around every corner in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller North by Northwest. Sinister motives, international espionage and a captivating beauty have ad exec Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) on the run from the law across the USA.Throughout his career […]

Film Review: Jungle

★★★★☆ Based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir, Jungle tells the true story of a man’s survival when he became lost for almost three weeks in the Amazon. It’s a thrilling tale, and amazing to know Ghinsberg managed to stay alive on […]

Film Review: I Am Not a Witch

★★★★☆ Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature I Am Not a Witch opens with a little girl (Maggie Mulubwa) arriving in a rural Zambian village with no parents and no name. Accused of witchcraft by one resident, others start chipping in with […]

Interview: S. Craig Zahler, dir. Brawl in Cell Block 99

American genre director S. Craig Zahler came to the attention of audiences and critics alike with his stunning 2015 horror western hybrid Bone Tomahawk. Zahler is back with another supremo slice of glorious B-movie pulp, in the form of Brawl in […]

Film Review: Brawl in Cell Block 99

★★★★☆ The second feature from S. Craig Zahler, Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a grisly saga about a brick shithouse mechanic turned drugs courier fighting for the lives of his wife and unborn child. Sent down after a deal […]

Criterion Review: The Lure

★★★★☆ As far as synopses go, a Polish-vampire-mermaid-1980s-musical certainly captures attention. But debut director Agnieszka Smoczynska’s violent, sexy fairytale The Lure is more than the sum of its parts; a luscious, strangely enchanting watch.Sirens Silver and Golden (Marta Mazurek and […]

Filmfest Hamburg celebrates 25 years

We were invited to attend Filmfest Hamburg’s bicentennial as guest of the “Come To Hamburg” initiative; a project set up to highlight the city’s hidden treasures through the writing of culture and travel bloggers from around the world. Normally, festivals […]

Film Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

★★★★☆ Following In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, British director Martin McDonagh looks to be stamping his authority on awards season with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a blackly comic thriller about a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter. Film titles […]