Film & DVD Reviews

Son Of Rambow

Son Of RambowSweetly-observed coming-of-age drama; Plus director Q&A and trailer!

Funny Games

Funny GamesExpertly disturbing remake; starring Tim Roth and Naomi Watts -- plus trailer!

Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit TaylorThat first day at high school is still a bummer, starring Owen Wilson

The Orphanage

The OrphanageMasterful Spanish horr movie in the vein of The Others and Devils Backbone

The Wire - Season Four

The Wire - Season FourComplete fourth series of the best cop drama on TV. Warning: contains spoilers!

Lars And The Real Girl

Lars And The Real GirlRyan Gosling shines, but this slight US indie mines familiar themes

Redacted

RedactedBrian De Palma powers out semi-documentary-style "fiction based on truth"

Diary Of The Dead

Diary Of The DeadGeorge A Romero's neat reboot of his Zombie franchise

Fade To Black

Fade To BlackFilm-lore fantasy gives legend a murder to solve

Stanley Kubrick: Warner Home Video Directors Series

Stanley Kubrick: Warner Home Video Directors SeriesThe paranoid fantasies of late-period Kubrick collected

Rambo

RamboStallone revisits his 80s high body count past once again

Be Kind Rewind

Be Kind RewindMichael Gondry's latest lacks his trademark surrealist spark

My Blueberry Nights

My Blueberry NightsBy filming in English, Won Kar-Wei forfeits his crown - stars Norah Jones, Jude Law

Cruising

CruisingPacino and Friedkin’s infamous journey into New York’s gay leather underground

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

The Diving Bell And The ButterflyIntensely beautiful interpretation of acclaimed book

Things We Lost In The Fire

Things We Lost In The FireIntimate drama of shattered widow and junkie burns brightly, starring Benicio Del Torro and Halle...

Cloverfield

CloverfieldLost creator JJ Abrams' post-9/11 monster movie finally opens in the UK

Juno

JunoTeen pregnancy proves highly fertile comic source

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be BloodA monumental work of American gothic about greed, oil and murder, starring Daniel Day-Lewis

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet StreetTim Burton unveils another of his ghoulish masterpieces

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The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Weird serendipities aplenty this week: versions of "O, Death" on two albums I downloaded one after another, by Mike & Cara Gangloff and Bessie Jones; dovetailing into Sea Island overlap between Jones and Loscil. It makes for a nice blurring between time and genre with, say, the Gangloffs...