Category Archives: Reviews

Black Girl/Borom Sarret

Black Girl and Borom Sarret, the two films by Ousmane Sembène included on this new BFI release, are historic films. That’s not a value judgement, that’s a statement of fact. A documentary-style account of a day in the life of a troubled wagon driver, Borom

Zardoz

There aren’t many measures by which Sean Connery’s career could be considered a failure, but he has his Achilles heels, chiefly his self-admitted failure to understand science fiction and fantasy. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a project which persuaded him after nearly half a century

[Raindance ’15] Obon Brothers

Media that peers behind the curtain has provided the world of cinema with countless icons and classics. There’s something about sharing in the highs and lows of a world so close yet so alien from our recognisable reality that has made it such a rich

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

The long-awaited next instalment of the Metal Gear franchise is finally here, and it is something Hideo Kojima and Konami have made sure will not disappoint. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain continues the story of Big Boss, who after waking up from a

3 Women

We all know how Robert Altman spent the 1970s, right? M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Long Goodbye, McCabe and Mrs Miller. Freewheeling satirical ensemble pieces, playing fast and loose with genre, inventing the adjective Altmanesque for their naturalistic sprawl. Except there’s another face of Altman’s ’70s work.

[Raindance ’15] Slum Polis

In the wake of the Tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, there has been a movement of directors – both high and low profile – who have used that catastrophe to open up a cinematic discourse; one of the more successful examples is Sono’s Land

Hard to be a God

The world feels like a brutal, unsentimental place after watching Aleksei German’s final film, not least when I had the following realisation: Hard to be a God’s ceaseless, grotesque phantasmagoria of cruelty makes German the only director who could possibly adapt Cormac McCarthy’s classic novel

Mona Lisa

A breakthrough hit for director Neil Jordan, the neo-noir classic Mona Lisa has been given a new lease on life thanks to Arrow Video’s remastered Blu-ray release. Mona Lisa stars Bob Hoskins as George, a man just released from prison into a world that has moved

Horse Money

After a decade of bringing undervalued and overlooked films to light on DVD, Second Run’s career as a big-screen distributor begins, in winningly perverse fashion, with an elegy. Pedro Costa’s Horse Money adds a fourth instalment to what most people assumed would be a trilogy

Zombie Fight Club

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; take any Zeitgeist creating movie and the wave of films that come in its wake per exemplar. Gareth Evans’ The Raid is a classic example of this; the hyper-violent multi-story siege film has since enjoyed a massive rise in