All posts tagged "film review"

  • Best Horror Films Series: Nosferatu (1922)

    My choice for the scariest horror film ever made (with considerable honourable mention to Ridley Scott’s Alien) is the quintessential vampire film – F. W....

  • Film Review: Whiplash (★★★★)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Taking the festival circuit by storm since its Sundance premiere in January, Whiplash is starting to feel like the underdog that...

  • Film Review: Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (★★★)

    Oh, The Beatles. Our fanatical world of pop culture wouldn’t be what it is without the phenomenon of Beatlemania. Their popularity was unprecedented and still...

  • Film Review: Rocks in My Pockets (★★½)

    Animated films aimed at adults are rare in contemporary cinema, especially in Hollywood. We’re used to light-hearted fare that appeals to families in order to...

  • Film Review: Citizenfour (★★★½)

    Pretty much every single year without fail, a documentary comes along that just seems to really galvanize the pundits and more or less take over...

  • Film Review: Beloved Sisters (★★½)

    Many years ago there was an episode of love and betrayal, set during a time of revolution. Translate it to cinema and that story (Beloved...

  • Film Review: Mommy (★★½)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: People who know Xavier Dolan know what they’re walking into when they buy a ticket for Mommy. While he has a...

  • Film Review: Phoenix (★★★)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Adapted from Hubert Monteilhet’s novel ‘Return from the Ashes,’ director Christian Petzold’s Phoenix has the air of a revisionist war film...

  • Film Review: The Falling (★★)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: One of the London Film Festival’s handful of world premieres, The Falling had naturally generated buzz as it’s a film funded by...

  • Film Review: Dear White People (★★★)

    An often biting satire about the modern state of race relations, Dear White People has some moments of sheer comedic and satirical brilliance. Writer/director Justin...

  • Film Review: The New Girlfriend (★★★½)

    DISCLAIMER: It appears that the filmmakers are keen to hide its main plot by the look of summaries on other websites. To discuss it in depth...

  • Film Review: Mr. Turner (★★★★)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Four years ago, Mike Leigh released one of the finest films of his oeuvre. I saw Another Year at the London Film...

  • Film Review: The Way He Looks (★★★½)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: There’s an obvious irony about Brazil’s foreign language film submission The Way He Looks – the protagonist is blind. Naturally, the...

  • Film Review: Fair Play (★★★)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: The Czech Republic submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars Fair Play directed by Andrea Sedlackova takes us to the...

  • Film Review: Dukhtar (★★★½)

    Cinema has long been used as a platform for highlighting sociopolitical issues. From the propaganda films commissioned by Hitler to the racially conscious work of...

  • Film Review: Concrete Night (★★★)

    Few films can boast as thrilling an opening sequence as Pirjo Honkasalo’s Concrete Night. Without a word of dialogue, the imagery quickly introduces us to...

  • Film Review: Fury (★★★½)

    You want some intensity, heart palpitations, and just sheer pulse-pounding action?  You don’t need to look much further than David Ayer‘s monumental war film “Fury”...

  • Film Review: Camp X-Ray (★★★)

    The directorial debut of Peter Sattler is infused with a strong moral ambiguity that will make you question your own beliefs.  Anchored by two magnificent...

  • BFI Film Review: The Imitation Game (★★★½)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: There is something appropriately mechanical about The Imitation Game. It has a theatrical rhythm and attention to detail that ticks like a...

  • Film Review: Harmontown (★★★½)

    You may have to already be invested in Dan Harmon before approaching his documentary Harmontown. I discovered his NBC show Community during the season 3...

  • Film Review: Listen Up Philip (★★)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: The story of the struggling writer is not unknown to Jason Schwartzman. He lead the brilliant but oh-so-short HBO show Bored...

  • Film Review: Corn Island (★★★)

    BFI FESTIVAL: Every spring the Inguri River, which forms the boundary between Georgia and Abkhazia, washes down rocks and soil creating tiny islands. Local peasants...

  • Film Review: Inherent Vice (★★★)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Let’s start this off with a reward offering.  I’ll pay anyone $20 if they can explain to me, in detail, the...

  • Film Review: L for Leisure (★★)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Part documentary, part music video, part amateur theatre… zero percent cinema. It doesn’t intend to be the former three but it...

  • Film Review: Mr. Kaplan (★★★)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Uruguay’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film Mr. Kaplan is certainly a treat for any ticket holders. It’s a film that...