Film Review: The Selfish Giant (2014)

Film Review: The Selfish Giant (2014)

The Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde short story of the same name, is a small gem of a film. Written and directed by Clio Barnard, it tells the story of two teenage boys and their attempts to make a better life for themselves by collecting and selling scrap metal. With beautiful cinematography, unaffected performances and consummate direction, it […]

Film Review: Some Velvet Morning (2014)

Film Review: Some Velvet Morning (2014)

For anyone considering going to see Some Velvet Morning, there’s one thing you should know: you mustn’t leave the room until the credits roll. You may not like the ending, you may be unsettled by it, you might think it a cop-out – regardless, it will force you to completely reconsider what you have achieved by sitting out this big-screen bottle […]

Film Review: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

Film Review: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

In the frantic search for answers following 9/11 it was discovered that many of the plans for the attacks were conceived in the historic port city of Hamburg, Germany. As a result, a watchful eye has been kept over the city, even a decade later. It is against this backdrop that Anton Corbijn‘s A Most Wanted Man takes place. Based […]

Film Review: Still Life (2014)

Film Review: Still Life (2014)

‘If there’s no one there, no one cares.’ It’s the kind of flippant remark from the new council manager that case worker John May (Eddie Marsan) can’t stomach. This is because he is there, and he does care. Uberto Pasolini’s latest film, Still Life, takes a gentle trajectory in delving into the life of this insular man. For years, John has […]

GIVEAWAY: The Keeper of Lost Causes

GIVEAWAY: The Keeper of Lost Causes

Courtesy of Madman Films, Film Blerg is giving away 5 double passes to see the new Danish crime film THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES, in cinemas from July 31.   Film Synopsis:  This is the first thrilling adaptation of the bestselling Department Q crime novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Carl Mørck (The Killing) is a disgraced detective who is reassigned to the newly created Department Q, a basement-bound job […]

Film Review: Sex Tape (2014)

Film Review: Sex Tape (2014)

Some time in the future, audiences will look back on Jake Kasdan‘s Sex Tape and remark that it was “soooo 2014”; jokes about iPads and clouds and USB sticks will no doubt leave a use-by-date on this feature. But perhaps this is the document necessary to mark 2014 on the chronological map. Indeed, could Sex Tape be the You’ve Got Mail […]

Film Review: Words and Pictures (2013)

Film Review: Words and Pictures (2013)

Words and Pictures, the latest film from acclaimed Australian director Fred Schepsi, has an intriguing and original premise at the core of its story. An English teacher and an art teacher at an American private secondary school wage a war against each other through their students over which is more powerful: the image or text. Unfortunately, despite the interesting idea, […]

Film Review: Charlie’s Country (2013)

Film Review: Charlie’s Country (2013)

After winning in the Best Actor category at the Cannes Film Festival where it played in the Un Certain Regard section, it will come as no surprise that Charlie’s Country is very much David Gulpilil’s film. He shares a co-writing credit with director Rolf de Heer, and the semi-autobiographical story ─ of an ageing Aboriginal struggling with the laws of […]