Author: Emma Hutchings

DVD Review

Barbarossa Siege Lord (2009)

Frederick I was emperor and leader of the Holy Roman Empire and also King of Germany. He led several campaigns into Italy in the 12th century and was given the name Barbarossa, which means “red beard” in Italian. This film details his attempts to gain power of Italy and the […]

Film Review

Total Recall (1990)

Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) dreams of Mars and a pretty brunette. On the metro he sees an advertisement for Rekall, a place where memories of trips of a lifetime can be implanted into your mind. He goes to check it out even though his friend at work warns him against […]

Film Review

Rain Fall (2009)

OK, I must admit that I only watched this film because Gary Oldman is my favourite actor. He plays Holtzer, the head of the CIA branch in Tokyo. His team is hunting for a memory stick rumoured to have proof of the corruption of top Japanese officials.  They believe it […]

Film Review

Gainsbourg (2010)

The story of French singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (best known for the controversial and explicit “Je t‘aime… moi non plus“); this film is a biopic – but not in the traditional sense. At the start, the title is followed by “vie heroique” (heroic life) and “un conte de Joann Sfar” (a […]

Film Review

Another Year (2010)

With a title that seems to leave itself open for people to say ‘Another Year is another Mike Leigh film’ suggesting you’ll know exactly what you’re going to get from it, Another Year has surprised many by offering something more. Rather than being just another Mike Leigh film, his emotionally-charged […]

Film Review

Skeletons (2010)

A skeleton in the closet is a “secret source of shame, potentially ruinous if exposed, which a person or family makes efforts to conceal”. Mr Davis and Mr Bennett are men who are hired to reveal these skeletons to people. They enter your home and, after a fastidious ritual of […]

Festivals, Spotlight

The 9th Annual Cornwall Film Festival

Remember, remember, the 5th of November! The 2010 Cornwall Film Festival is running from the 5th-7th of November and it’s got some great treats in store for movie fans. There are a number of highly acclaimed British and international feature films on offer over the weekend. The Arbor is a […]

Feature, Film Review

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)

The final part in the trilogy of Swedish film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels, starring Noomi Rapace as ‘the girl’ of the title and Michael Nyqvist as the journalist who tries to help her. Although not as enthralling as the first film, it is an improvement on the second […]

DVD Review

Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

Director Greg Marcks’ first movie, the darkly comic thriller 11:14, starred Hilary Swank, Patrick Swayze, Henry Thomas, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ben Foster, and Colin Hanks. He follows that with Echelon Conspiracy and another ensemble cast, this time with Shane West (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan), […]

Feature, Film Review

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

This film is based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel and was adapted by American screenwriter James V. Hart. It takes a few liberties with the book, including a lot more romantic scenes. However, it does retain certain elements of the novel that are usually emitted from vampire films in general, […]