Tag Archives: film

Wiener-Dog – New Release Review

Wiener-Dog is a tough film to like. You certainly can’t, or maybe aren’t supposed to, love it. I’m actually pretty sure you’re just supposed to be shocked by it. It’s about a dog who gets shuffled from weirdo to weirdo who in some way or another finds their life affected by its presence. Put that […]

‘Who’s That?’ Quiz Reminder

A quick reminder for those of you who play the ‘Who’s That?’ quiz. As always, the answer will be going up at the end of the month, but for those of you who missed the earlier post about this and wanted to make a guess, then cast your eyes up to the header above or just […]

Assault on Precinct 13 – Blu-Ray Re-Release Review

Not John Carpenter’s début, but the first in a series of classic horror/action/fantasy B-pictures from him, Assault on Precinct 13 became a hit in Europe, though notably not in the States, and established a solid template to which he has stuck to this day. Its reputation undimmed in spite of a lacklustre 2005 remake, Assault […]

Who’s That? – January ’17 Edition

Do you know who our mystery figure is? After half a year’s break ‘Who’s That?’ has returned to the site. The mini game within the site has always proven popular and so we are very happy to bring it back for you. In case you haven’t played before: our header which sits at the top […]

Best of 2016: Our Little Sister

An elegant ode to sororal relationships which sparkles with a quiet sensitivity, charm and poignancy… Hirokazu Koreeda’s Our Little Sister is a film in which subtle shifts within a character’s life slowly reverberate down and unearth great wells of emotional turmoil and buried conflicts. As a film it’s a triumph in the art of restraint; […]

Best of 2016: Holding the Man

Based on Tim Coniway’s 1993 memoir Holding the Man, this long-awaited Australian romantic drama doesn’t disappoint, and is in fact better than anyone could reasonably expect. In 1976, schoolboys Tim (Ryan Corr) and John (Craig Stott) discover a mutual attraction, and in no time they become a full-blown couple. Cut to the 1980s and, in […]

Best of 2016: Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent was Colombia’s entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards, proving that for director Ciro Guerra the third time is the charm. His first unsuccessful submission happened to be his very first feature, the 2004 drama Wandering Shadows, and the second in 2009 for The Wind Journeys. Guerra […]

Best of 2016: Next to Her

A sparkling gem of a film, as richly textured as it is deftly realised… Director Asaf Korman has succeeded in crafting that rare treat; a directorial feature début which is both tight and polished enough to feel like the fifth or sixth work by an experienced director and also as powerfully emotive as to have real lasting power. Of […]

Best of 2016: Mustang

An incandescent, acutely observed portrait of defiance and sisterhood… Mustang is one of those rare pleasures which come round from time to time – a simple story richly told. The basic narrative here is straightforward; five young sisters are imprisoned within their own home after playing with boys at the local beach and supposedly tarnishing their marriageability. Their home […]

I Am Not A Serial Killer – New Release Review

There’s blood, guts and plenty of heart in this oddball black comedy based on Dan Wells’ successful YA novel Young John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer – yet. But he knows he’s at high risk of becoming one, and not just because of that magnificently appropriate name of his. He exhibits all of […]