BLU-RAY REVIEW: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

The fourth wall is the imagined one separating actors from the audience. In Everything, Everything it feels like this is completely impenetrable. The main protagonist is a girl with an auto-immune disorder who has lived a life confined to her ultra-modern, sterilised house. The character seems like a nice-enough individual with a rich imagination but the…

DVD REVIEW: A FAMILY MAN

  A Family Man is a film about an ambitious, corporate-type who is forced to reassess his priorities. Sound familiar? It’s because this road to redemption is a well-trodden one. A Family Man continues along this journey of clichés without offering anything particularly original or endearing through the process. Gerard Butler (300) stars as Dane Jensen or the eponymous…

DVD REVIEW: WAKEFIELD

  Wakefield is a long, drawn-out rendering of a short story. It shows one man’s descent into madness and how he becomes a voyeur of his own family. The film is a dramatic one and while the central idea seems original enough, it’s something that was better in the written format than in a full-length, feature…

DVD REVIEW: CARNAGE

  It is to be expected that kids will behave badly at times because they’re children. But the film Carnage is about some adults – four parents to be precise – behaving badly. The story is a long, slow one that shows a disagreement between some onerous people escalating to an argument of epic proportions. This…

FILM REVIEW: SONG TO SONG

  A song is as song except when it’s a Terrence Malick film. The famous director’s latest experimental offering is an absolute waste in that it is all show and no substance. It weaves together cameos from famous A-list creatives and a cast of Hollywood’s finest actors and then it does nothing. Absolutely nothing. For…

FILM REVIEW: THE YOUNG KARL MARX

  The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) is a bio-pic that feels authentic because it captures the period well in a visual sense. But you also get the feeling that it is only telling a part of the story and not least because it is all about Karl Marx’s youth. This dramatic film…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE WHOLE TRUTH

  The Whole Truth is a courtroom drama and thriller that spends its entire runtime getting to the truth of a matter. The film is one that – for the most part – keeps the audience guessing in much the same way as Doubt did. This ultimately makes for a story that is not a bad…

DVD REVIEW: REGRESSION

  Regression is a film that lives up to its name because for you to recall any of it you’d have to go back and watch it again and again. The film is a dark one set in 1990 in rural Minnesota. It’s also one that is based on real-life events. But the story and characters…

DVD REVIEW: EDEN

  A good story doesn’t have to feature a big triumph or success. Nor does it have to include a spectacular fall from grace. But it’s also hard to turn one that features an unlikeable man’s life ebbing and flowing in some mid-range pool into compelling viewing. Sadly, Eden fits into this latter camp. It’s a…

DVD REVIEW: ROSEWATER

  Rosewater is an important story that should have been told. But the film itself sees the events presented in a positively dull way. The film marks the directorial debut of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart who goes off on a tangent away from humour and wit and instead takes a serious hand to this dark…