LFF 2010: ‘127 Hours’ review

★★★★☆ Foresight is a wonderful thing. With the gift of foresight, British director Danny Boyle – perhaps best known for the cult classic Trainspotting (1996) and 2008’s Academy Award-winning, feel good hit Slumdog Millionaire – would probably have thought twice before choosing to adapt Alex Garland’s novel The Beach (2000) (a Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Enter the Void’

★★★★★ The proclaimed enfant terrible of new French Cinema, Gaspar Noé, returned to screens this month with Enter the Void (2010), the controversial director’s first feature length release since the hugely disturbing, nightmarish Irréversible (2002). The latter film is undoubtedly best remembered – or more likely revered – for two unflinching scenes of extreme graphic violence, Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘The Ghost’

★★★★☆ Adam Lang, the disgraced ex-British Prime Minister depicted in political thriller The Ghost (2010) and Roman Polanski, the film’s veteran director, share one thing in common – controversy. Unfortunately for both Polanski and his latest effort, The Ghost’s release earlier this year was overshadowed by fresh allegations regarding the Continue Reading

LFF 2010: Preview

The British film industry looked to bounce back from the shock abolition of the UK Film Council as it announced this year’s programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday afternoon. Following a successful opening slot at this year’s Venice Film Festival, highly regarded US director Darren Aronofsky Continue Reading