Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

The Borderlands (2013)

The Borderlands (2013)
How times change, eh. Every time I see Gordon Kennedy I still think of him as part of the panel debating how to boost the appeal of Stoneybridge in Absolutely. He has been doing solid work for years, but he would always be one of the Stoneybridge council to me. Well, that may change now […]
March 26th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Homefront (2013)

Homefront (2013)
It’s a theme with enough intrinsic promise to lend itself to many variations, from the profane to the profanely sublime: a man with a troubled or violent past seeks peace and redemption in a new life, a new place. Usually in a small town off the beaten path. A History of Violence, for example, reaches...
March 24th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Past (2013)

The Past (2013)
The past can be a grotesque animal, liable to let discord grow and fester. Here it rears its unresolved head when the arrival of a figure from a previous life brings to the boil simmering secrets. In Asghar Farhadi’s brilliant follow-up to 2011’s A Separation, he shows that old wounds might fade...
March 24th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2013)

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2013)
THIS is more like the Von Trier I have come to know in recent years. Nymphomaniac: Vol II is awful. I’m not going to be coy about it. It contains all of the worst traits of the writer-director, and proves to be even more disappointing after the decent start made by the first volume. The […]
March 21st, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013)

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013)
It’s hard to think of a more contentious film director in recent times than Lars von Trier. Not only does he do a fine line in movies that mix art with a lot of content that’s not often palatable for the audience he seems to be aiming at, but he’s also a man who seems […]
March 19th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Locke (2013)

Locke (2013)
A man drives down the M6 desperately trying to reach a London hospital while attempting to patch up his disintegrating home and professional life through a series of phone calls. Director and writer Steven Knight deserves praise for his bold attempt to try something different even if he can’t quite...
March 18th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Coriolanus (2011)

Coriolanus (2011)
The seldom-adapted play Coriolanus, in the recent cinematic production by Ralph Fiennes, is a rare treat for those of us who enjoy screen adaptations of the Bard’s works. Here, Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy has been updated to a current-day “place calling itself Rome,” with shooting (that...
March 18th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Philomena (2013)

Philomena (2013)
Based on a true story, adapted from the non-fiction book by Martin Sixsmith, Philomena is a film that will please a lot of viewers, while also stirring up some feelings of rage as the story unfolds. Steve Coogan plays Sixsmith, a political journalist who finds himself on a bit of an unplanned hiatus...
March 18th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

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