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The East (2013)

The East (2013)
Ambivalence about corporate evil in a cult thriller The East is a thriller about a private intelligence firm that protects large corporations from “ecoterrorist” groups by infiltrating them and sabotaging them — more or less the same thing the “ecoterrorists” do to corporations,...
August 19th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Elysium (2013)

Elysium (2013)
The future is a hell of a mess In the movie world of the South African director Neill Blomkamp, whose 2009 District 9 was a surprise hit that got four Oscar nominations, the future, clearly, is dystopian. Actually, it’s a huge social and political nightmare where whatever injustices we suffer...
August 19th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)
The past year has been a good one for arthouse fare invading the multiplexes, cunningly wrapped up in packaging that made it more appealing to viewers of mainstream cinema. Okay, it may have been only two movies that managed such a cheeky move (Spring Breakers and this one), but those two movies have...
August 18th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Bruce Willis is fed up of making action movies. You may have heard or read comments to that extent recently. You may have seen Willis acting like some unhappy, spoilt brat in one or two televised interviews. He has made no attempt recently to hide his disdain for the movies which have tended to make...
August 18th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Drug War (2012)

Drug War (2012)
Battle to the last In Drug War the Hong Kong crime movie great Johnnie To shifts to the mainland (and to Mandarin) for a red-hot action tale. The return to his signature genre in the new location (he’d already recently made a couple or romantic comedies over there) proves a real shot in the arm....
August 18th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Borrowed Time (2012)

Borrowed Time (2012)
Borrowed Time is the debut feature by writer/director Jules Bishop, who sees hapless teen Kevin (Theo Barklem-Biggs) try and pay off a local psycho, ‘Ninja’ Nigel (Warren Brown).  In his efforts, he decides to rob a grumpy old recluse Philip, (Phil Davies) but an unlikely friendship develops...
August 15th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Blackmail (1929)

Blackmail (1929)
With Blackmail we have a full-fledged twisty Hitchcock crime thriller. He must have had fun with this one; no wonder he did both a silent and a sound version. There are many ingenious visual moments, including not just one but two cameos by Hitch himself. There’s a whole string of notable set...
August 14th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Manxman (1929)

The Manxman (1929)
“Adapted from the famous story by Sir Hall Caine,” the opening title proclaims. Another topic designed to be easily grasped by the popular audience that devoured several new movies every week, The Manxman is about a fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up “as brothers,”...
August 14th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Champagne (1928)

Champagne (1928)
Champagne is a film slim in emotional content, but vibrant with the frivolity of the Jazz Age and tinged with a hint of the coming Great Depression. It’s about a rich playgirl whose father decides to teach her a lesson while she’s playing around abroad by pretending to have gone bankrupt....
August 14th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

The Farmer’s Wife (1928)
“He’ll be the next to wed now his daughter’s marryin’, says the handyman (Gordon Harker) after Farmer Sweetland’s wife dies. “Why not? There’s something magical in the married state. . . it have a beautiful side, Churdles Ash,” answers Minta, the housekeeper...
August 14th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More