Review: Berberian Sound Studio

Director: Peter Strickland Stars: Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Antonio Mancino If you’re a horror enthusiast or audiophile of any serious pedigree, then Berberian Sound Studio would appear, on paper, to be right up your alley. Did you used to sit at home listening to BBC sound effects records? Can you list every significant giallo production in chronological order? Would …

Why I Love… #30: French Connection 2

Year: 1975 Director: John Frankenheimer Stars: Gene Hackman (Det. James ‘Popeye’ Doyle), Fernando Rey (Charnier / ‘Frog 1’), Bernard Fresson (Det. Barthélémy), Cathleen Nesbitt (The Old Lady), Philippe Leotard (Jacques). Genre: Crime Thriller / Action / Drama Well, this is an unlikely candidate you might think. Why not William Friedkin’s classic original? The French Connection …

Review: Lawless

Director: John Hillcoat Stars: Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy Lawless is a bloody and violent film, one which whole-heartedly earns its 18 certificate. Set in rural Virginia circa 1931, it proposes to tell the true story of the Bondurant boys, siblings dedicated to the production and transportation of moonshine, attempting to grow rich off …

Why I Love… #29: The Red Shoes

Year: 1948 Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger Stars: Moira Shearer (Victoria Page), Marius Goring (Julian Craster), Anton Walbrook (Boris Lermontov), Robert Helpmann (Ivan Boleslawsky), Léonide Massine (Ljubov). Genre: Romance / Melodrama "Vicky. Little Vicky. There it is, all waiting for you..." I came to The Red Shoes a couple of years ago mainly because …

Review: Samsara

Director: Ron Fricke Samsara is the latest project from Ron Fricke, documentary photographer extraordinaire who, 20 years ago, wowed certain circles with Baraka, a visual feast of globe-trotting beauty. Samsara looks to repeat that film’s success and audacity, as we take a world tour of life, death and everything in between, and not a word …