Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Couple in a Hole

Tom Geens’s Couple in a Hole begins with a gorgeous, slow shot of a forest at the height of summer, then it delivers its first jolt before the film is two minutes old.  Geens’s second film after 2009’s Menteur, Couple in a Hole is his first

The Sound Barrier

Despite being a hit on its 1952 release, The Sound Barrier is now one of the least-seen of David Lean’s films.  A shame, as it represents an artist in the middle of a fascinating transition.  Released just five years before The Bridge on the River

Ken Russell: Great Composers

The music documentary is enjoying a boom period with the likes of 20,000 Days on Earth & Searching for Sugar Man receiving both critical and commercial acclaim, there’s also the channel defining content from the award winning BBC Four. Staying with the British Broadcasting Corporation,

Ken Russell: The Great Passions

How many BBC arts documentaries of the 1960s do you think begin with the exhumation of a mummified corpse, lit by flickering torches and soundtracked by booming horror-movie music? Not many, I’ll wager, but then there weren’t many directors walking the corridors of Broadcasting House

Sheba, Baby

On the face of it, we shouldn’t need to watch blaxploitation any more.  As soon as Will Smith and Denzel Washington became viable Hollywood action movie stars, its USP of showing black actors in empowered, heroic roles was co-opted.  This, though, ignores the pleasures of

Shooting Stars (1928)

It’s not often that I’m prescriptive about the way you choose to watch a film, but if you do get the BFI’s new dual format edition of Anthony Asquith and A.V. Bramble’s pioneering British silent Shooting Stars, watch the extras first. The main bonus feature

James White

Independent film was once a nothing concept but with the rise in eminence of the internet this has shifted 180 to the point where young filmmakers need to carve out their own niche in order to stand out. Joshua Mond along with fellow Borderline films

Something Different / A Bagful of Fleas

Before we get into Second Run’s new release of Věra Chytilová’s debut film and the short that preceded it, let’s take a second to acknowledge that all of Chytilová’s 1960s work (barring her contribution to the 1965 anthology film Pearls of the Deep) is now

Nina Forever

After gaining a massive amount of praise at The British Independent Film Awards and Frightfest, it’s easy to see why Nina Forever – the directorial debut from The Blaine Brothers – distinctly carves out its identity through considered execution and challenging conventions.

Uzumasa Limelight

Few genres associated closely with a nation have lasted as long as the samurai has for Japan, most follow the path of the Western in that they had a golden era with occasional hot pockets after the fact. The latest film to be released on