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Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down marks the first in a slurry of revenge thrillers about to grace our screens.  Films such as The Prisoners and Into The Furnace promise dark tales of people avenging loved ones.  Much of this new found hunger for d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Everybody Has A Plan

Viggo Mortensen‘s post-Lord of the Rings career choices have resulted in a bit of a mish-mash of hits and misses. Everybody Has A Plan, a slight Argentine drama, falls firmly in the latter camp. To his credit he does his ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cherry

Every once in a while a film comes along that is so crushingly awful, that misses the mark by such a wide margin and that is so devoid of both soul and reason that it makes one grateful for the Razzies, the awards that salute t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mud

Mud director Jeff Nichols clearly has a touch of the Terrence Malick about him.  His last film, Take Shelter, was Twister by way of Malick’s unique ability to conjure character and environment.  Mud however, while maintaining t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nowhere

If people actually cared about the youth culture of the 1990s then directors like Larry Clark and Gregg Araki would be household names. Instead, they are cruelly under-rated figures whose greatest works dip in and out of print ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Something in the Air

While there are many accounts of what happened to the revolutionary fervour of the 1960s, few are as memorable as the one delivered by Johnny Depp in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas; that image of a wave that rose and rose and r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In The Fog

In The Fog just narrowly avoids being a very good film indeed. Based on a short story by one of the greats of Belarusian literature, the film opens with a group of Soviet soldiers being escorted towards an ominous train by a gr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rebellion

Mathieu Kassovitz first came to the world’s attention in 1995 when his second feature film La Haine captured the public mood and laid bare the tension and mistrust between impoverished urban youth and the French police. Angry, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Look Of Love

A personal passion project of Steve Coogan’s, The Look of Love reunites him with director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) to tell the tragicomic true story of Paul Raymond, the man who built a fortune on e...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Compliance

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein made this plea, and it seems no-one listened. That much is made clear by Compliance, a low budget indie flick from the U.S. that garnered some good notices at the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inseparable

Li (Daniel Wu – One Night In Mongkok, The Banquet, The Man With The Iron Fists) hasn’t had an easy time lately.  Under pressure at work with a looming deadline of his report prior to his company’s latest produ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spring Breakers

Nearly twenty years ago Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine co-wrote one of the most graphic and scathing portrayals of youth in the shape of Larry Clark’s Kids.  It seems, despite the passing of time, that Korine’s opinion...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pi – 15th Anniversary Edition

Darren Aronofsky‘s feature debut Pi certainly hasn’t been dulled by the passage of time. Requiem For A Dream might outgun it for sheer intensity; The Fountain may deal in more sweeping, existential brushstrokes; whi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines director Derek Cianfrance likes his characters conflicted.  Characters who are deeper than most Hollywood cardboard cutouts, characters with depth who are both fascinating and familiar.  With his last...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Good Vibrations DVD Review

Just the title, Good Vibrations, conjures up images of 1960s’  Beach Boys’ California sun and surf, or post-Woodstock hippy love and peace, but it is a much bleaker setting of 1970s’ Belfast that this story of...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trance

Trance director Danny Boyle likes to get into his characters’ heads, often delving into the essence of what makes a character tick. Think of Renton’s drug-fuelled swim inTrainspotting or Leonardo DiCaprio’s computer game escapi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stolen

The last time Stolen director Simon West teamed with Nicolas Cage the two created one of the ‘90s best action films Con Air.  But does Stolen soar to “put the bunny back in the box” levels of brilliance or does it crash and bur...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet is a model of class, directed with confidence, acted to perfection and boasting a rare and potent classical soundtrack.  First time director Yaron Zilberman explores the subculture of classical musicians, their d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Possession

To try and compare Possession to other films would be an act in futility. On the one hand it stands alone, utterly unique in its ideas and execution. On the other it has influenced no end of filmmakers with its dark, psychologi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In The House

It is a testament to the talent and vision of François Ozon that he remains one of the most underappreciated directors in contemporary French cinema. Indeed, while some people work incredibly hard in an effort to be taken serio...