The Secret Life of Bees (Dir: Gina Prince-Blythewood)

Victoria Gemmill The marketing campaign behind The Secret Life of Bees gave me the impression that the film would be two hours of overemphasised metaphor and sentimental mush. In reality, this can be considered a fairly accurate assessment, but…

An ocean of rain

Lewis Porteous It seems as though I am dealt some sort of awful experience whenever I abandon Internet retail in favour of its physical equivalent, with real people and shops and things. These usually revolve around being made to…

Blindness (Dir: Fernando Meirelles)

Louise Ogden Throughout the film’s lengthy conception, it must have seemed as though ‘Blindness’ would never be made. The author of the book on which it is based, Nobel laureate Jose Saramago, closely guarded the rights to the work,…

Changeling (Dir: Clint Eastwood)

Claire Strickett Sometimes the truth is so bizarre that it really couldn’t have been made up. The factual story behind Clint Eastwood’s latest film is one such truth. 1928, Los Angeles: the local police department triumphantly reunite hardworking single…

Choke (Dir: Clark Gregg)

Tom Bonnick Inevitably, and perhaps unfairly, the immediate comparison everybody has drawn — encouraged by Fox Searchlight, the distributor, no less — with Choke, director Clark Gregg’s feature debut, has been with Fight Club. This is not without reason…

Struck off

Tom Bonnick Here in the always-glamorous world of film reviewing, the effects of the American writer’s strike are still being felt.  Productions were put on hold, cancelled, or consigned to Hollywood-purgatory, and the upshot of all these shenanigans is…

Hunger (Dir: Steve McQueen)

Frank Lazarski This year’s Cannes Film Festival saw an unprecedented display of new British cinema. Along with Terrence Davies’ ‘Of Time and The City’ and Duane Hopkins’ ‘Better Things’, ‘Hunger’ — Steve McQueen’s portrayal of the end days of…

Easy Virtue (Dir: Stephan Elliot)

Emily McQueen Govan Easy Virtue is an adaptation of an early Noel Coward play; a comedy of manners providing a droll and witty look into the life of a staid, snobbish and typically English upper class family. We are…

W (Dir: Oliver Stone)

Hating George W. Bush is so cool. In fact, it’s so cool, that the only thing cooler is to unashamedly support him. I mean, he’s no Reagan but he’s still pretty cool. Or maybe he isn’t,…

Quantum of Solace (Dir: Marc Forster)

Louise Ogden Following the success of 2006’s Casino Royale, expectations for Quantum of Solace, the 22nd instalment in the James Bond saga, could not have been higher. Topping the previous effort was always destined to be a daunting task…