Reviewed for Film4 www.film4.com/reviews/2013/northwest
Synopsis: From the co-director of R (2010) and the producers of A Hijacking (2012) comes this social realist gangster drama set on the mean streets of a Copenhagen district.
Review: In Nordvest, a multicultural working class district of Copenhagen, 18-year-old skinhead Casper (Gustav Dyekjær Giese) is a mass of conflicts and contradictions. In the absence of his own father, he tries to be a protective, paternal influence on his brother Andy (Dyekjær Giese's real-life brother Oscar)…
Reviewed for Film4 www.film4.com/reviews/2014/how-to-train-your-dragon-2
Synopsis: Dean DeBlois, co-writer and co-director of How To Train Your Dragon, flies solo with this more adult animated Viking adventure sequel.
Review: In the five years since the events of How To Train Your Dragon (2010), the island village of Berk has become a peaceful haven where Vikings and dragons live in harmony, bothering nobody but the sheep that they use as balls in Quidditch-like competitions.
Young Hiccup (voiced again by Jay Baruchel) has won…
review from Film4 (slightly altered)
Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.
"Fill all my holes, please."
It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…
Review for EyeforFilm eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/starred-up-2013-film-review-by-anton-bitel
Starred Up is a story of fathers and sons, of violence and control, of pent-up emotions and revolving doors, of self-perpetuating problems and unwanted (if certainly effective) solutions. In other words, it is a film about masculinity and society, which just happens to be set in the closed system of a prison. That said, its allegorical underpinnings are offset by a pervasive realism: for it is the first screenplay by Jonathan Asser, who has spent 12…