DVD REVIEW: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S CROOKED HOUSE

  We all know the story where the butler did it. But Agatha Christie’s Crooked House isn’t like that. Published in 1949, the novel was one of the author’s favourite stories. This is also a beautifully-shot period film. It’s an adaptation that leads you down the garden path and around the maze of an eccentric family’s country house….

FILM REVIEW: WONDER WHEEL

On paper, Wonder Wheel seems to have all of the right credentials. It’s a dramatic film set in the 1950s so it’s bound to look great. It stars Kate Winslet and is directed by Woody Allen. It is also set at the Coney Island Amusement Park. But even with all of this stuff on offer, one would expect Wonder Wheel to be I…

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: PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFETTI SCONOSCIUTI)

  In the Italian film, Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) the question, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is asked. The answer is seven close friends who find out they don’t know each other as well as they thought. The film is a light comedy that looks at how technology has affected our lives for better and…

DVD REVIEW: FATHERS & DAUGHTERS

  Fathers & Daughters is a sentimental film that shares a few things in common with a Nicholas Sparks movie. The story is a rather saccharine one where the love between a father and a young daughter and the same girl when she is all grown up with her new beau is explored and marked by…

DVD REVIEW: THE JINX: THE LIFE & DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST

  The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is the television equivalent of peeling an onion. This true crime mini-series is a well-structured and well-edited look at the eccentric New York real-estate heir, Robert Durst. The recipient of the 2015 Emmy award for the most outstanding documentary or nonfiction series is a worthy…

DVD REVIEW: POLDARK TV SERIES

  Poldark is a TV series that will be loved by fans of Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy. It’s a sumptuous, period drama based on the novels by Winston Graham and is set in Cornwall in the 18th century. This is the second time it has been adapted for television (the first was in 1975) and…

FILM REVIEW: TEHRAN TAXI

  When veteran, Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi was jailed in 2010 and banned from making films this made him even more determined to carry on doing just that. In this time he has made not one but three movies, the most recent being Tehran Taxi. This one sees fiction dressed up as a documentary and…

FILM REVIEW: THE AGE OF ADALINE

  The Age Of Adaline requires a suspension of disbelief as we witness a woman who has supped at the fountain of eternal youth. This fantasy/romance story from director Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever) is one for the hopeless romantics. It asks the question, ‘Is it a burden or a gift to never…

FILM REVIEW: THE ONE EYED GIRL

  “In the land of the blind the one eyed girl is queen”. So goes the premise to director, Nick Matthew’s feature debut, The One Eyed Girl. The winner of the Dark Matters award at Austin Film Festival in 2014 is a raw, experimental and plodding look at how and why a psychiatrist descends into…