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I am a freelance film critic and video game enthusiast.

CineVue Review: Drunken Master

★★★★ Amongst the Rush Hours and the Spies Next Door of his latter-day career, it's easy to forget that Jackie Chan was once the rightful successor to the screen's greatest martial artist, Bruce Lee. Eureka's new release of the 1978... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: The Life of Oharu

★★★★★ Of the countless films director Kenji Mizoguchi made over his career, The Life of Oharu is said to be among his favourites, and Criterion's welcome home release of his 1952 masterpiece is proof of both its aesthetic quality and... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Melody

★★★☆☆   Nostalgia is a powerful agent in cinema, no more so than in Waris Hussein's 1971 warm depiction of puppy love and school-daze larks, Melody. Forced by his mother to join the Boys' Brigade to "meet people from different... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: OJ: Made In America

★★★★★ The trial of O.J. Simpson for the brutal murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman - the most televised in history - is one of the defining moments of the 1990s. There have been plenty of O.J. documentaries since,... Continue Reading →

Little White Lies: A guide to cinema’s most enduring rebels

Milos Forman’s epochal One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was re-released in cinemas this month just in time for Jack Nicholson’s 80th birthday. Nicholson’s iconic performance as Randall P McMurphy remains an emblem of rebellion. His clash with Nurse Ratched is... Continue Reading →

Solaris: Film Review

★★★★★ Originally billed as the Soviet 2001: A Space Odyssey, Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 masterpiece Solaris is a subtly different beast to Kubrick's balletic space picture - claustrophobic, meditative and deeply moving. Arguably the first science film to use the cosmos... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Fear Eats the Soul

★★★★★ It's surely the sheer, unvarnished humanity on display in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's celebrated Ali: Fear Eats the Soul that's the film's greatest success. When the eponymous Ali (El Hedi ben Salem), a Moroccan immigrant in his late thirties, meets... Continue Reading →

Graduation: Film Review

★★★★★   The Romania of director Cristian Mungiu's terse, difficult Graduation is one weighed down by endemic corruption, systemic unfairness and economic defeat. Romeo (Adrian Titieni) dreams of a better life for his daughter, Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus), who has been... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Lone Wolf and Cub

★★★★☆ Adapted from the long-running successful Manga series, the Lone Wolf and Cub films represent the very best in the chanbara genre. This Criterion set includes all six films, gorgeously remastered, as well as Shogun Assassin, the Americanised re-edit of... Continue Reading →

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