Film Reviews

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec – Review

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec – Review

This latest offering from veteran director Luc Besson is, well, surprising, to say the least. Perhaps I've been exposed to a disproportionate number of French art-house films, or perhaps it was because the only image I'd previously seen of Louise Bourgoin's Adèle was that of her stood semi-naked,...

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The Man of Aran review

The Man of Aran review

Documentaries are all the rage nowadays. Michael Moore is probably responsible for turning the genre from a niche interest into a global box-office phenomenon. This year, we even heard movie titan, Matt Damon, narrate the 2011 Oscar winning, Inside Job. But before these documentary mega-stars there was Robert J....

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Chain Letter – a review

Chain Letter – a review

It seems that when Deon Taylor and Michael J. Pagan sat down to write Chain Letter, they gave themselves a check list so that they could create the most formulaic teenage horror romp ever. And this is no bad thing. 1. Good looking 'teen' protagonists who are actually in their late twenties - check. 2. A...

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Essential Killing – reviewed

Essential Killing – reviewed

A fugitive on the run can easily become a man without identity. After all, it is our relationships that tend to define us, and if we also cannot speak or interact with our fellow man, we could be almost anyone. The escapee in Essential Killing could be anyone, although he happens to be a Taliban...

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Blooded – a review

Blooded – a review

I am a human, a tiny person completely overshadowed by the vast world. If I am stripped of my clothes, my phone and computer are taken away from me, I am nothing. I am an animal again. Or at least, this is the feeling I had when I finished watching Blooded. Blooded is conceptually one of the most...

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The Tales of Beatrix Potter 40th Anniversary re-issue – Reviewed

The Tales of Beatrix Potter 40th Anniversary re-issue – Reviewed

Peter Rabbit, his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs Tiggywinkle. If these names ring a bell, they probably also bring a smile to your face and possibly even a warm fuzzy feeling too. Beatrix Potter's tales are unmistakable, but you may not know that they also inspired a...

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The weird and the wonderful: a Rubber review

The weird and the wonderful: a Rubber review

This is a film about a psychokinetic, homicidal rubber tyre. If you can take that seriously enough to watch it, you'll be rewarded. This is an amazing film. I just wanted to get that out of the way, before I continue, because for some, this movie will instantly look like mindless dross, and it's so much...

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Submarine- a review

Submarine- a review

I don't know about you but when NME describe someone as the "coolest man in London", or such like, I instantly think they are probably the lamest. So, when they dubbed Richard Ayoade with this title, I fell out of love with the man who has starred in classics such as The Might Boosh and Nathan Barley and...

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We Are What We Are – a review

We Are What We Are – a review

Films about cannibalism have historically been a bit of a touchy subject (Cannibal Holocaust ring any bells?). So, the idea of a Mexican cannibal drama raised mixed emotions in me. Cannibal films can go either way - an overuse of humour can potentially belittle any real horror. Alternatively, it may just...

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Forget Me Not- a review

Forget Me Not- a review

The poster for Forget Me Not doesn't really do it any favours. A 'stunning' London skyline, a couple looking loving at each other and the tag line 'Love can happen in 24 hours'. It's cheesy and you can get a pretty good idea of what to expect just from that. However with quotes saying it is 'achingly beautiful'...

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