Review: The King and the Mockingbird

30 years after its original UK release, the celebrated French animation The King and the Mockingbird returns, restored, to theatres. Grand and imaginative, strange and beautiful, it is a true cornerstone on the vast landscape of animated cinema.

DVD Review: Orca The Killer Whale

Enjoying a release on DVD Orca (1977) stars Richard Harris making full use of his native Irish accent to play Nolan, a captain of a fishing boat working the seas off Newfoundland who decides to maximise his earning potential by capturing Orcas to sell to commercial aquariums.

DVD Review: Wish You Were Here

A week long sunbathed holiday in Cambodia for two couples, results not in happy memories, but in the disappearance of one of the four and secrets being slowly revealed.

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

A bonanza of super-villains are introduced in this comic book take on kids and heroes, fathers and sons and heartbreak.  Despite this being a disappointing entry into the Marvel franchise a great cast and the fact that Marc Webb has slung some touching moments into this messy and bloated middle film make it watchable.

Interview: Godfrey Reggio, “They forget about themselves. We are all like that.”

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Here’s what happened when Cinetalk met with documentary filmmaker Godfrey Reggio to talk about his new venture Visitors, which is out today.

DVD Review: Plot for Peace

As becomes obvious in the documentary Plot for Peace, History is made up of a multitude of little stories that contribute equally on a minor and major way to bring about an event that is ultimately of such important significance that it is remembered in our shared annals of History.

Review: Visitors

Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi, 1982) is known for creating films without an immediate narrative linear structure. In his latest film Visitors, the 74 images which includes 80 people; buildings with dramatic skyscapes; an abandoned amusement park and a gorilla, are all shot in black and white accompanied by an orchestral score by Reggio’s long term musical collaborator Philip Glass.

Review: Honour

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One of the main risks associated with employing a non-linear narrative in a film is that a complicated structure can often overshadow the content in a harmful way. Shan Khan’s debut feature initially appears to avoid this dilemma and threatens to do something interesting with the theme of honour killings in the UK, but things eventually devolve into a very conventional thriller.

DVD Review: Blind Woman’s Curse

Meiko Kaji may not be a household name, but contemporary Hollywood cinema certainly owes a debt to her. Anyone who watched Arrow Video’s reissue of Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood 2: The Song of Vengeance would have been struck by the similarities in Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.

DVD Review: Aroused

Aroused is a documentary that was made in conjunction with a fine art photography book by film maker and photographer Deborah Anderson. Shot in L.A., Anderson interviews and photographs 16 of the most successful female porn stars working in the porn industry today.

Review: 20 Feet from Stardom

Winner of this years Oscar for Best Documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom by director Morgan Neville looks at the ‘20 feet’ and worlds apart distance between a lead singer and a backing singer.

Review: G.B.F.

Friendship is at the heart of G.B.F. - Darren Stein’s intelligent, funny and refreshingly considered teen comedy that’s sure to claim cult status.

Review: Yves Saint Laurent

Cinematic approaches to fashion icons have tended to portray their subjects as artists whose designs and collections reflect their personal lives and view of the world. This biopic of Yves Saint Laurent does exactly that, but it is in thrall to the designer to such an overwhelmingly nauseating degree that the film can’t help but suffer.

Review: Labor Day

Almost every aspect of Jason Reitman’s fifth feature feels severely misjudged, from the peculiar food imagery to the hammy acting. Considering that Reitman’s last couple of films were the magnificent Up in the Air and Young Adult, this has to go down as a major disappointment.

DVD Review: Blue is the Warmest Colour

Palme D’or winning Blue is the Warmest Colour is a beautiful, brutally honest study of first love, loss and sexual awakening.