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Film Review: The Man From Mo’Wax

★★★★☆ The rise, fall and eventual rise again of James Lavelle, vinyl junkie turned trailblazing record label producer and creative figurehead of musical outfit UNKLE, may be an overly familiar tale of the young ingénue who […]

Film Review: Lost in France

★★★☆☆ Documentary filmmaker Niall McCann’s Lost in France is a nostalgic trip down memory lane for a group of mid-1990s bands and musicians borne from the influential Glasgow record label Chemikal Underground. Both an ode to […]

Edinburgh 2015: ‘Big Gold Dream’ review

★★★☆☆ All set to find an appreciative audience on BBC Four’s long-running Storyville strand, Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream (2015) – which premièred at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival – takes a […]

Glasgow 2015: ‘My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn’

★★★☆☆ Liv Corfixen’s My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014) starts from the unfortunate position of being wide open to comparison with another behind-the-scenes peek, Eleanor Coppola’s Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991). Where […]

Special Feature: BFI presents Věra Chytilová

“Form seemed to have gone rigid.” Few sentences or sentiments could better encapsulate the climate in which Věra Chytilová, Queen of the Czech New Wave, forged her boundary-pushing directorial career – or the spunky attitude with […]

Interview: Jessica Hausner on new film ‘Amour Fou’

With the release of her fourth feature film in 13 years Jessica Hausner continues the current flow of quietly antagonistic Austrian auteurs speaking truth against the powerful constructs of a bourgeois society that eats its own […]

DVD Review: ‘The Sacrament’

★★★★☆ Ti West is undoubtedly one of the most exciting directors of the American horror new wave. He works intuitively, re-thinking the rules of horror movies within established generic boundaries. While he may be known for […]

Cannes 2014: ‘Insecure’ review

★★☆☆☆ Adèle Exarchopoulos’ return to Cannes following Blue Is the Warmest Colour’s Palme d’Or win might be the headline from Marianne Tardieu’s French thriller Insecure (2014), but the film itself sadly doesn’t reach the promise of […]

Film Review: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Colour’

★★★★☆ A well-publicised spat involving its two lead actresses and their director may have taken some of the sheen off a remarkable Palme d’Or win at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is […]

FrightFest 2012: ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ review

★★★★☆ From the creative mind of Peter Strickland, the director behind 2009’s hugely promising Katlin Varga, comes the long-awaited Berberian Sound Studio (2012). Starring our very own Toby Jones amongst a host of all-Italian talent, Strickland’s […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Good Vibrations’ review

★★★☆☆ Detailing the life of Belfast’s Godfather of Punk, Terri Hooley (played with a compelling level of emotion by Richard Dormer), Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s Good Vibrations (2012) is the story of a man […]

DVD Review: ‘Juan of the Dead’

★★★★☆ Providing a new twist to a sub-genre as stale and fetid as that of the zombie movie is no mean feat, so great credit is due to Argentinian director Alejandro Brugués for producing a second […]

DVD Review: ‘Miki Satoshi Collection’

★★★★☆ Like any really good comedic filmmaker, Satoshi Miki is deadly serious at least part of the time – and like any great comedic filmmaker, he takes considerable pains to make sure you don’t notice it. […]