Film & DVD Reviews

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...

He Loves Me, He Loves He Not

Audrey Tautou's wide-eyed, innocent expressions are subverted cleverly in this Gallic romance-...

Insomnia

Stylish Norwegian thriller, remade last year by Christopher Nolan, whose version is almost eerily...

Trouble In The Heartland

Legendary director's bleak early classic continues to gain respect

Roundup

There are no headless bats in Black Sabbath—Never Say Die SANCTUARY and Ozzy doesn't even...

Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

Tom Stoppard directs this 1990 screen version of his ingenious 1967 play about two supporting...

Lawless Heart

The much-praised Hunter-Hunsinger debut was one of last year's best Britflicks, boasting deft...

American Gun

James Coburn's last film is a well-meaning but hardly unforgettable drama about a father's search...

A Private Function

Brilliant comedy about snobbery and class, set in 1947: with food rationing (and the black market)...

Platform

A monumental 150-minute attempt at tracking China's cultural transition from Mao-ish uniformity to...

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner

Arguably the two most powerful kitchen-sink dramas of the early '60s were both adapted from the...

The Stunt Man

"If God could do the tricks that we can do, he'd be a happy man," declares megalomaniacal film...

Goin' South

Jack Nicholson's second film as director, an anarchic western, with Jack's filthy outlaw saved from...

Clown Jewels

Tragi-comic genius' big-screen outings are period treats

C'était Un Rendezvous

This cult item came about in 1976 when Claude LeLouch fastened a camera to the bumper of a Ferrari...

Time Of Favor

Intense Israeli thriller merging politics, religion and thwarted romance in which Rabbi Meltzer (...

Jack The Ripper Special Edition

TV mini series from 1988 directed by David (The Sweeney) Wickes and starring Michael Caine as the...

My Little Eye

Not as astute or ambitious a satire of "reality TV" as Series 7: The Contenders, but Marc Evans'...

Hidden Agenda

Set during the Ulster 'Troubles', Hidden Agenda begins admirably enough with director Ken Loach's...

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Editor's Letter

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...