16th Jan2017

‘Black Orpheus’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Lea Garcia | Written by Marcel Camus, Vinicius de Moraes, Jacques Viot | Directed by Marcel Camus Made in 1959 by the French filmmaker Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus is a Portuguese-language adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Here it is relocated to Rio de […]

13th Jan2017

‘La La Land’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Amiée Conn, Terry Walters, Thom Shelton, Callie Hernandez, Jessica Rothe, Sonoya Mizuno, J.K. Simmons, Jason Fuchs | Written and Directed by Damien Chazelle The third film from Damien Chazelle, in what might be dubbed his “Jazz Trilogy”, La La Land eschews the New Wave immediacy of […]

11th Jan2017

‘Manchester by the Sea’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler | Written and Directed by Kenneth Lonergan Kenneth Lonergan’s last film, Margaret – a vast New York opera which movingly explored the nature of subjectivity – was secretly one of the best American films of the century so far. But given that film’s “challenging” production and […]

03rd Jan2017

‘Silence’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka | Written by Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks (based on the novel Silence by Shūsaku Endō) | Directed by Martin Scorsese Having been in some kind of development for the past quarter of a century, Martin Scorsese’s Silence finally […]

02nd Jan2017

‘Broadway Danny Rose’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Forte | Written and Directed by Woody Allen A clutch of comedians chat in a New York cafe, sharing stories about a legendary theatrical manager named Danny Rose (Woody Allen). A quirky fellow, Rose liked to throw his weight behind dead-end novelty acts: one-armed jugglers, one-legged tapdancers, and wine […]

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02nd Jan2017

‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello | Written and Directed by Woody Allen Sumptuously designed and realised, Woody Allen’s 1985 fable didn’t exactly set the box office alight and isn’t always cited as a classic. Yet Allen, here drawing upon his dual-coast adorations for New York and Hollywood, himself regards Purple Rose as a […]

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