• Broken Embraces

    Broken Embraces

    ★★★★

    Almodóvar teams up once again with Penélope Cruz, here in a strong supporting role, and delivers a typical mix of love, lust, and metatextual layering. Accomplished, entertaining, wonderful stuff.

  • End of Summer

    End of Summer

    ★½

    Ugly black and white footage of penguins accompanied by a discordant score. Far from the best way to enjoy about 30 minutes of your day. Some call it art, I call it a disservice to the landscape and penguins.

  • Buddies

    Buddies

    ★★★★

    Although a bit rough and stilted throughout, with the feeling of a TV movie more than any kind of cinematic feature, Buddies is an engaging and thought-provoking film, and certainly deserves praise for tackling the subject of the AIDS crisis as it was right at the forefront of the public consciousness.

  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★

    I was not won over when I saw the trailer for The Witches, a remake of the 1990 Nicolas Roeg film, one of the most legendarily-terrifying movies aimed at kids, adapted from the book by Roald Dahl. It looked as if it had been completely sanitised, and the choice of Anne Hathaway as the main villain seemed like a bit of miscasting.

    Well, while it's worth bearing in mind that it has been many years since I last saw the…

  • Valley of Love

    Valley of Love

    ★★★

    Although I'm not sure I took anything away from this movie, and I feel as if one or two main points were lost, due to a lack of focus, Depardieu and Huppert are wonderful together, elevating the material and making this worth an hour and a half of your time.

  • Full Circle

    Full Circle

    ★★★½

    An underseen, and seemingly underappreciated, supernatural thriller that stars Mia Farrow as a grieving mother who finds herself investigating a presence in her home that may be strongly connected to her own deceased daughter. Not as scary as it could be, Full Circle AKA The Haunting Of Julia is well worth your time because of the strong emotional core beating within a dark heart.

  • 10/31

    10/31

    Review/rating pending after blog post.

  • The Ground Beneath My Feet

    The Ground Beneath My Feet

    ★★★★

    There are a number of ways to read The Ground Beneath My Feet. I took it as a look at the mistreatment of staff by companies who ask so much of them without giving enough back in return. It's also about how a woman gets by in a world often dominated by men. However you read it, it's a very good film.

  • 32 Malasana Street

    32 Malasana Street

    ★★★★

    Blending The Amityville Horror with Poltergeist, adding just a touch of The Evil Dead, AND season one of Channel Zero, and spicing it all up with some Spanish seasoning, 32 Malasana Street is an absolutely fantastic horror movie for those who don’t mind the kind of tricks and scares we have seen so often in the more successful mainstream horrors, as long as they don’t mind reading subtitles at the same time. The very end wanders into potentially problematic territory,…

  • Sivas

    Sivas

    ★★★

    A bit like Kes. If it was made in turkey. And the young boy had befriended a dog used in dogfights. And wanted to see it fight again. Difficult to watch, due to the dogfighting scenes, but quite worthwhile.

  • Bird Island

    Bird Island

    ★★★½

    A delightful hour spent in the company of the staff of a bird shelter, showing the various roles and duties, and plenty of moments involving cute animals.

  • Scared Stiff

    Scared Stiff

    ★★★½

    A remake of The Ghost Breakers, with the same director, and one of the same writers, behind the camera, Scared Stiff is a lot of fun, but only IF you can tolerate the whacky antics of Jerry Lewis, here doing his loud manchild schtick.

    Lizabeth Scott plays Mary, a woman who has just inherited a property on a small island near Cuba. That's all well and good, but the property is said to be highly haunted. Heading that way, she…