DVD Review

Audition (1999)
DVD Review

Audition (1999)

In his appreciation, entitled ‘Damaged Romance’, – included in the extras for its new DVD and Blu-ray release by ARROW FILMS – Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns recounts an incident which happened following a screening of Audition (1999) at an international film festival. A female member of the audience accosted […]

The Children of Green Knowe (1986)
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The Children of Green Knowe (1986)

Some television series – like books – take you back to your childhood. The BBC we’re good at producing such programmes, particularly during the 1970s and 80s, when they adapted an endless array of magical children’s novels like E. Nesbit’s The Phoenix and the Carpet, for the small screen. Often […]

Sunset Song (2015)
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Sunset Song (2015)

Terence Davies’ journey to bring Sunset Song to the big screen is arguably as epic as Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s source text. Davies initially intended for this to be his fifth feature back in the year 2000, following the acclaim bestowed upon him for his grand if gloomy adaptation of Edith […]

Arrowhead (2016)
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Arrowhead (2016)

What is Arrowhead – the new sci-fi thriller from writer / director Jesse O’brien – all about? Well, having watched it I’m, I hate to say, unable to answer this? The film – featuring Israeli actor Dan Mor – though periodically beautiful to look at, is bewildering in its story […]

Salem’s Lot (1979)
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Salem’s Lot (1979)

The season is fast approaching when it’s time to gather together and catch up with old friends. It’s also the time of year when, with the long, winter nights drawing in, there is nothing better than to curl up inside, dim the lights, and settle back with a good old […]

Beyond The Reach (2014)
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Beyond The Reach (2014)

Having fluctuated between the remarkable (Behind the Candelabra) and the rudimentary (Last Vegas) since returning to the acting fold, Michael Douglas effectively revisits the role of Gordon Gekko – the self-righteous star of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street films, who taught a generation that “greed is good” – in this low-rent […]

The Tribe (2014)
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The Tribe (2014)

To condemn Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s debut feature The Tribe as being guilty of filmic gimmickry, as many have done since it first appeared on the 2014 festival circuit, is more a display of blind cynicism than bruising criticism. Starring an all-deaf cast who communicate through sign language, with no […]

The Salt of the Earth (2014)
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The Salt of the Earth (2014)

Back in 1999, Wim Wenders helped a small group of Cuban musicians reach a worldwide audience with his toe-tappingly terrific documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Here’s hoping that The Salt of the Earth, Wenders’ profoundly perceptive portrait of photographer Sebastião Salgado, will do as much to enhance the recognition of […]

Timbuktu (2014)
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Timbuktu (2014)

Timbuktu is sparse, meditative storytelling which barely conceals its anger at religious totalitarianism and nihilistic barbarism. The film is one in which personal tragedy painfully intersects with larger politico-religious transformations which are taking place; an accidental murder involving a cattle herder Kidane (played with quiet dignity by Ibrahim Ahmed) coincides […]

A Little Chaos (2014)
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A Little Chaos (2014)

There is nothing chaotic about A Little Chaos, the new romantic drama, directed and co-written by and starring Alan Rickman, alongside Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci. Everything in this delightful period piece comes together in perfect harmony, creating a feast for the senses much like the gardens of Versailles, the […]