21 Bridges (2019) Film Review

There is no doubt that actor Chadwick Boseman has the magic touch when it comes to chewing up the scenery on the big screen. Whether demonstrating such force in revealing biopics such as 42, Get On Up, and Marshall or appearing in

Winter Sleep (2014)

Tremendous trifle Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep (its original title means "Hibernation"), which won the top prize at Cannes last year, takes place in a craggy tourist area, Cappodocia, in the middle of Turkey, where wild horses roam…

Office (2015)

There’s something very creepy about office spaces. The bland conformity takes on a sinister hue after a while. Endless rows of cubicles provide an equally endless supply of hiding places, flickering lights blink off just long enough to…

Prisoners (2013)

Muddled procedural derailed by an unhinged vigilante Set in a suburban, perpetually rainy part of Pennsylvania (though shot in Georgia), Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners focuses on the tragedy of two little girls, one white, the other…

The Hitchcock 9

The British Film Institute's major restorations of Alfred Hitchcock's existing nine extant silent films made 1925-1929 before he switched to sound is touring the US with musical accompaniments.  I watched the series courtesy of the San…

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…

Penance (2012)

Guilt, murder, penance, revenge flow through four or five hours of elegant, restrained Japanese horror from Kiyoshi Kurosawa in his TV mini-series Hollywood Reporter's overview (Deborah Young): "Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s made-for-TV serial drama…

Jack Reacher (2012)

A snappy mystery-thriller that fizzles In a world where nobody actually reads books anymore and every other novel is a "bestseller," the Lee Child "Jack Reacher" stories are so categorised, and Paramount figures on making a franchise out…

Passion (2012)

De Palma being De Palma doing Corneau Brian De Palma's Passion will please his ardent fans but this close but uninvolving remake of the late Alain Corneau's last film Love Crime (RV 2011) is just eye candy. Its slight variations on the…