Film & DVD Reviews

Henry—Portrait Of A Serial Killer

Sleazy, nihilistic classic returns uncut

The Leopard (II Gattopardo)

Charting the changes in 19th-century Sicily

Pure

Fierce love and hard drugs in London's East End

The Happiness Of The Katakuris

Fantasy mayhem from prolific Japanese director

Heartlands

Gentle, quirky follow-up to East Is East

The Last Great Wilderness

Meaty debut from Tartan Tarantino

Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

Touching memoir of Chinese Cultural Revolution

Stone Cold Soder

Mind-bending art movie from that most schizo of directors

Dolls

Bizarre and beautiful trio of tragic love stories from Hana-Bi director

Mostly Martha

Gastronomical German chick flick

Antwone Fisher

Oscar-friendly actor's emotive directorial debut

Dreamcatcher

Faithful adaptation of Stephen King's alien epic

Orifice Politics

Subversive Sundance prize-winner probes the darker nooks and crannies of the human condition

Alligator - Alligator II

John Sayles scripted this Jaws-onland rip-off, with Robert Forster as the cop chasing a giant man-...

Nostalgia

Oblique, arcane and infuriatingly sluggish, even by Tarkovsky's standards (makes Andrei Rublyov...

Shakti—The Power

Run-of-the-mill contemporary Bollywood fare—a riot of colour, violence, heavy-duty...

X-Men 1.5

Bryan Singer's faithful take on Marvel's merry mutants is probably the best superhero movie to date...

Strange Journey

Jarmusch, Buscemi and Strummer veer off the beaten tracks with Elvis

Will Penny

Magisterial, tough-hearted 1967 western from writer/director Tom Gries. Charlton Heston is a...

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Special Edition

If Easy Rider spelled the end of the hippie dream, then Chainsaw provided the full-blown nightmare...

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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...