Film reviews and more

Month: May 2018

Red Rock Entertainment: Five secrets to great lighting

It is light that allows us to see and differentiate colours. Light in the film industry lets the viewers see the idea lying behind the film. The quality and type of light chosen creates the proper angle that deepens the emotions and sharpens the feelings […]

Film Review: Filmworker

★★★★☆ American director Tony Zierra’s latest documentary Filmworker chronicles a tale of dedication and sacrifice in the service of art and will be a must for Stanley Kubrick – and now Leon Vitali – fans everywhere. It isn’t often that an actor’s most prominent role […]

DVD Review: The Old Dark House

★★★★☆ On a dark and stormy night, self-conscious genre tropes abound in James Whale’s riotously fun 1932 gothic chiller The Old Dark House. Five people find themselves stuck overnight in a creepy old mansion, tenanted by a bizarre brother and sister, their decrepit father and […]

DVD Review: Inherit the Wind

★★★★★ Based on the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925 and adapted from Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s play of the same name, Stanley Kramer’s 1960 film is a searing indictment of religious fundamentalism and anti-intellectualism. Inherit the Wind’s relevance continues beyond its immediate parallels […]

DVD Review: Breakheart Pass

★★☆☆☆ While a Yankee army train stops to restock its water supply, John Deakin (Charles Bronson) is caught cheating at cards at a nearby saloon. No sooner than he’s arrested and packed on to the train along with a state governor, his daughter and a […]

Cannes 2018: Kore-eda’s Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or

The 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival came to a close earlier today with Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda winning the coveted Palme d’Or for his devastating, brilliant and unconventional family portrait Shoplifters. This year’s Cannes began under a cumulus of clouds: the spat with […]

Film Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

★★☆☆☆ From director Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story blasts onto our screens starring Hail Caesar’s Alden Ehrenreich as the young man who was to become everyone’s favourite space cowboy. But does it jump into hyperspace or do we have a bad feeling about […]

Film Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey

★★★★★ Stanley Kubrick’s visionary masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey returns to the big screen in a beautiful, newly-restored 70mm print, and proves once more the lasting quality of this epic piece of pure cinema. If you’ve never seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, you’re in for […]

Film Review: The Wild Pear Tree

★★★★★ The Wild Pear Tree is another towering cinematic experience from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The story of a father and son in conflict, it grapples with life’s big themes and the burden of family relationships. Ceylan’s films have the depth and richness of […]

Cannes 2018: Ayka review

★★★★★ Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Ayka follows a young woman over five days bitterly cold days in a city she doesn’t really know. Attempting to flee from a terrible situation, but only finding an indifferent world and uncaring people, the Kazakhstani director has made one of Cannes […]

Film Review: Knife + Heart

★★★☆☆ Yann Gonzalez follows up 2013’s You and the Night with Knife + Heart, another retro flick featuring lashings of perversity and kinky desire. The film is headlined by a tremendous Vanessa Paradis, starring as a gay-porno producer trying to get over a broken heart. […]

Film Review: Capernaum

★★★★☆ Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki’s third directorial feature, Capernaum, is a stirring and essential social-realist drama about lives trapped in abject poverty, featuring a superb central performance from Zain Alrafeea. Labaki’s modest debut film Caramel, which played in the Un Certain Regard programme, back […]