Film Reviews

The Fifth Estate – Review

The Fifth Estate – Review

The opening sequence of The Fifth Estate is compelling. In it, we are taken on a brief but exciting cinematic journey through the history of the transmission of information, from the creation of writing, through the development of the printing press and then the telegraph, to our current modern condition of fully...

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Stranger By The Lake – Review

Stranger By The Lake – Review

Alain Guiraude’s latest film quietly observes the comings and goings, or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say, the ins and outs, at a sequestered gay cruising spot in rural France. From the opening shot - a protracted long take displaying a car slowly approaching the lake - it’s clear that...

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Not Another Happy Ending – Review

Not Another Happy Ending – Review

Unless a Rom-Com has been written by the king of British romance, Richard Curtis, UK efforts don't tend to get a lot of exposure, which is a shame because the Glaswegian-set Not Another Happy Ending is one of the most enjoyable films I've seen from this genre in a while. Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) stars...

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – Review

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – Review

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg could almost be called The Colours of Cherbourg. The film is bright as a freshly painted button. "A film in song" according to director Jacques Demy, it is also intensely romantic, and rather sad, as well. The film was Jacques Demy's third feature film, the predecessors to which...

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Wilfredo Comes to Town – Review

Wilfredo Comes to Town – Review

If you haven't heard of Wilfredo, he is a legendary cabaret crooner from Andalusia who now lives and performs in London. If the name is new to you, it may be because he is mostly seen on the cabaret and summer festival circuits. He would probably say that you should get out more. Wilfredo is actually...

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The Poirot Collection

The Poirot Collection

After the most depressing day of the year, what better way to cheer ourselves up that watch a few classic whodunnits? The collection of three Poirot films produced by John Brabourne are immensely entertaining, the perfect antidote to Blue Monday. There is something about the 1930s of Agatha Christie...

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A Vicious Circle: The Square – Review

A Vicious Circle: The Square – Review

I’m going to start this review by voicing the reason parts of The Square were difficult to understand. It’s a niggle that I hope is fixed before release. The subtitles in this film are constantly in white, with no black outline on the letters themselves. This means that whenever the screen is white underneath...

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You’re Next – Review

You’re Next – Review

The short Making of You’re Next feature found on this DVD/Blu-Ray release has the film’s cast and crew variously describe it as an exercise in genre revisionism. Supporting actress Barbara Hampton boldly states that You’re Next takes the slasher genre “to the next level”. Is she right? To put it bluntly...

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The Piano – Blu Ray release

The Piano – Blu Ray release

There will no doubt be a generation who will have been introduced to New Zealand director Jane Campion by way of Top of the Lake, which arrived on British television screens in 2013. This compelling, psychologically astute, and beautifully shot mini-series dealt with similar issues found in her 1993 film The...

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Frozen – Review

Frozen – Review

Having grown up during the Disney Renaissance – the period between 1989 and 1999 when animated Disney Classics dominated – I'll admit to still watching and anticipating new releases. From the makers of Tangled (which underwhelmed me a bit, if I'm honest), Frozen is back on form, a watered down adaptation of...

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