FRIGHTFEST 2011: A LONELY PLACE TO DIE

A Lonely Place To Die opens with that obligatory staple of the mountain climbing flick - what I call the 'Cliffhanger moment'. Beautiful landscape, exhilarating climb, assorted friends with different abilities (and agendas). Then, before you can say 'woah', gravity... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011: KILL LIST Review

British director Ben Wheatley follows up the incredible critical success of his 2009 debut DOWN TERRACE with another peek behind the net curtains of suburban British crime in his "difficult second feature", KILL LIST. As with his previous film, things... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011: THE DIVIDE Review

The apocalypse has never looked and sounded so beautiful. As Eva (Carmen German) looks out on the annihilation of New York, the films makes music with the bombs, and spends as much on time on this hideously remarkable view as... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011: SAINT (SINT) Review

Santa Claus imagined as a slasher icon. Not someone dressed up as Santa Claus, but Saint Nicholas himself, wielding an ornate but sharp staff with which to lop off many a head. That's the premise of Dutch director Dick Maas'... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011: KILL LIST Review

I'm torn by Kill List. Ben Wheatley's second feature, following the much-lauded Down Terrace, is equal parts impressive and frustrating. With a divisive piece of narrative elusiveness, the third act will either leave you intrigued or irritated depending on how... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011: THE GLASS MAN Review

The most uncomfortable subject is not sex; it is money. Not in political discussions, but personal ones. We don't ask people how much money they make; we don't ask them about their personal finances. It is probably safe to assume... More »
  

ANIMAL KINGDOM UK BluRay review

Animal Kingdom might look small-scale on paper, but David Michôd's moody Australian crime drama has a fairly broad scope. The film tracks the bickering and feuding between a Melbourne family of armed robbers and the way this mish-mash of co-dependent... More »
  

Room for one more? It's Eight Rooks' TOP TEN FOR 2010

And to think I thought it would be a dull year. I might not have been able to join in the fun on the other side of the Atlantic, but the IFFR in Rotterdam (thanks to fellow Twitcher Ard... More »
  

LIFF 2010: ONE PIECE FILM - STRONG WORLD review

For anyone new to the all-conquering cross-media juggernaut that is Eiichiro Oda's One Piece, its tenth feature length animated spin-off could seem like the greatest thing ever. It's hard not to enjoy One Piece, at least a little bit.... More »
  

LIFF 2010: GINTAMA THE MOVIE review

When a movie opens with multiple self-referential gags up to and including the cast breaking the fourth wall to crack wise about the production company, it's clearly first and foremost courting an audience who don't care - who expect... More »
  

LIFF 2010: ALL THAT I LOVE review

Jacek Borcuch's All That I Love is definitely a fantastic little film: just bear in mind you've almost certainly seen a great deal of it before. The story of a teenager growing up in 1980s Poland, set against the... More »
  

LIFF 2010: KOSMOS review

Reha Erdem's brilliant Kosmos is strange in a way few films beyond experimental cinema ever manage to be. The story of a visitor to a lonely, insular Turkish city and how the people there react to him, it's not... More »
  

LIFF 2010: FACE THE WALL (GESICHT ZUR WAND) review

What do you expect to find in a historical documentary? History, surely? Stephan Weinert's Face The Wall is a record of a group of people selected from the thousands unlucky enough to be caught and jailed for attempting to... More »
  

LIFF 2010: DRAW YOURSELF (DESSINE-TOI) review

If you want to watch Gilles Porte's excellent Draw Yourself merely to see kids being gosh-darned cute, that's fine; there's plenty of that in there. But there's also more than enough depth to elevate it from charming artistic experience... More »
  

LIFF 2010: UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES review

You could argue winning the Palme D'Or at Cannes might do Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives more harm than good in some respects. Drawn out, contemplative, enigmatic and ambiguous, it's liable to reaffirm for a lot... More »
  

LIFF 2010: UPPERDOG review

If Upperdog has anything to teach us - and it hasn't - apparently no matter how scarred your psyche, how much of a self-centred jerk you might be, all it takes is a screenwriter to scare you up a... More »
  

LIFF 2010: THE DEAD review

The unique selling point (can we call it that?) for John and Howard Ford's The Dead - the zombie apocalypse hits Africa - is both its biggest strength and greatest weakness. It's a gorgeous, visually distinctive, creepy little road... More »
  

LIFF 2010: KIDNAPPED review

If you judged Miguel Ángel Vivas' home invasion thriller Kidnapped on the first five minutes, it would feel like one of the best things released this year. The opening sequence is a shattering jolt of adrenalin, a beautifully timed... More »
  

LIFF 2010: RARE EXPORTS review

For a film born out of a series of successful viral shorts, Jalmari Helander's Rare Exports feels like a return to a good two decades or more before YouTube even existed. A smartly directed, gleefully irreverent horror film for... More »
  

LIFF 2010: THE LAST EMPLOYEE review

What should a horror film accomplish? Whichever way you look at it, The Last Employee fails - sometimes abjectly - at everything it sets out to do. It's never remotely unsettling, much less horrifying, a would-be twisted psychological chiller... More »
  
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