Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

Svengali (2013)

Svengali (2013)
Hundreds, nay millions, of people upload their videos to Youtube everyday.  For some, what was a pastime grew into an unexpected career while others have gained nothing but notoriety.  So, for a small internet series – once lauded as the ‘best series on the net’ by NME – to evolve from...
March 17th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
Yves Saint Laurent absolutely proves every prejudice you might hold about French fashion-types: that they’re all snobbish, heartless, soulless assholes. And what is the point of making a biopic if you’re just going to play up to stale stereotypes? When it did dawn on me that this film was...
March 9th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Congress (2013)

The Congress (2013)
The Congress shot itself in the foot. It’s all I can say, really. All the elements of a daring examination of self-identity in a technological future were right there in front of it and then BANG. Blood everywhere. Those trainers are ruined. Its fatal mistake? Ari Folman’s bizarre assumption...
March 6th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Zero Theorem (2014)

The Zero Theorem (2014)
It should be a requirement that in all screenings of Terry Gilliam’s movies, the film in question should be shown two or three times in succession. Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, and now The Zero Theorem: all beg an immediate re-watch to try and catch-up on all things you missed in round one. Gilliam...
March 5th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Blue Jasmine (2013)
The latest film from writer-director Woody Allen is a good one. It’s not up there with his best, far from it, but it’s also nowhere near any of his worst. The biggest thing going against it is the fact that the central character is so self-centred and hard to like, but the fact that Allen...
March 4th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Mood Indigo (2013)

Mood Indigo (2013)
Michel Gondry is out of control in Mood Indigo. And that is both a good and a bad thing. It does feel against my every natural inclination to criticise Gondry and his work. Originality and imagination of this magnitude is such a rare and precious gift in a world so consistently battered down by cynicism....
February 27th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Double (2014)

The Double (2014)
The Double is horror for the meek, comedy for the rest of the world. A loose adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novel of the same name, Ayoade’s second feature as a director spans genres and spins laughs out of our deepest-held terrors that our own insecurities prevent us from ever measuring up to our...
February 27th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Book Thief (2014)

The Book Thief (2014)
There is a moving, beautifully-filmed story about a handsome young German girl struggling for her life, and to come of age, through an unlikely bond with a young Jewish refugee during the death throes of the Third Reich. This isn’t it. That film is Cate Shortland’s remarkable Lore (2012),...
February 24th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Byzantium (2012)

Byzantium (2012)
Most movies, sadly, are either too gratuitous or not gratuitous enough. Why does it have to be so hard to strike the right balance? A mother/daughter pair of 200-year-old vampires are leading a secret life, in perpetual flight from a brotherhood of male vampires. The mother, Clara (Gemma Arterton), started...
February 23rd, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop (2014)
The mechanical encrusted on the living — again  The new 2014 RoboCop is a remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film with some of the key elements changed. This new model lingers more on the human side, emphasising how turning the wrecked body of the police protagonist into a glittering, powerful...
February 21st, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More