Film Reviews

Struck By Lightning – Review

Struck By Lightning – Review

In November of 2012, I was browsing through the book store on my Kindle searching for something to read, when I paused at a new release called Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. The boy on the cover, crouched on a chair with a lightning bolt made from broken pencils aimed at his head, seemed...

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Dear Dracula – Review

Dear Dracula – Review

There is quite the fascination with taming classic monsters on screen these days. Gone are the days we would cower behind the sofa from Christopher Lee's Count Dracula. Children's entertainment is turning the most famous bloodsucker in the world into a character we can understand; Dracula is becoming someone...

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Trevor Howard box set

Trevor Howard box set

Trevor Howard was one of Britain's finest screen actors. He was in many fine films, but it was the ones made during the first decade of his career that are best known. Now the cream of this particular crop have been gathered into a box-set. David Lean's Brief Encounter and Carol Reed's The Third Man...

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Kings of Summer – Review

Kings of Summer – Review

One of this year’s favourites to come out of Sundance, The Kings of Summer is a nostalgic, fun and surprisingly moving transportation back into the peaks and troughs of male puberty. As a film it triumphantly consolidates the joys of the contemporary American Independent cinema and manages to curtail its...

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Full Auto: Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman – Review

Full Auto: Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman – Review

Reviewing this film not long after the release of Grand Theft Auto V is an odd experience. To be fair, so's the whole film. The reason for this is that the film takes so many influences from the Grand Theft Auto videogame series - games about driving and shooting your way through hordes of cops and criminals...

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Drone Strike – Review

Drone Strike – Review

Earlier in the year Alex Gibney  released his documentary about Wikileaks, We Steal Secrets, now director Chris Richmond and producer Mike Sedgwick have gone one step further. With Drone Strike they have made the first film based on revelations from Bradley Manning's terabytes of data. Only running...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Review

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Review

Mohsin Hamid's novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist was a global bestseller. Mira Nair's adaptation has not become a phenomenon in the same way, despite being an improvement on the book. The book took the form of the "fundamentalist" addressing the reader as if he/she were an American who has followed...

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Plein Soleil – Review

Plein Soleil – Review

It turns out that The Talented Mr Ripley wasn't quite as talented as all that – at least he wasn't the original talent. Back in 1960, French director René Clément made Plein Soleil, the first adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel. Clément's version is the more creepy of the two. Ripley is...

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Forgive me mother: Pietà – Review

Forgive me mother: Pietà – Review

It has been a year since Pietà won the Golden Bear - the highest prize at the 69th Venice Film Festival - but it has been worth the wait. The film must be one of the most bracingly original films to ever have won the prize. Korea is known for producing quite a bit of extreme cinema over the last 15 or 20...

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The Best Laid Plans: The Great Hip Hop Hoax – Review

The Best Laid Plans: The Great Hip Hop Hoax – Review

Hip hop has a history of being a little prejudiced. But versus two incredible liars, it didn't stand a chance. Every now and again, you'll hear about a film whose synopsis is just too good to pass up. The description of The Great Hip Hop Hoax as "a documentary about two Scottish boys who fooled the world into...

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