Film & TV reviews

The Witnesses

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

With all the excitement and press favouring the new wave of Nordic noir that seems to run in endless supply onto our shelves, it is easy to understand how many wonderful series from other European na…

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Nightcrawler

Reviewed by Stella Charls

The first thing you notice about Lou Bloom is his face. As Nightcrawler’s anti-hero, Jake Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is striking – gaunt and vascular, with wide, sunken eyes and an eerily t…

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Advanced Style

Reviewed by Emily Harms

Ari Seth Cohen started his blog, Advanced Style, when he moved to New York four years ago. Inspired by his own grandmother’s unique personal style and the impossible-to-ignore ‘gorgeous and stylish w…

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The Fall: Season 2

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

The second series of The Fall picks up 10 days after the end of series one, so if you haven’t seen that I’ll wait while you go and watch 5 hours of absorbing, glacial darkness.

A crime drama revolvi…

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Charlie’s Country

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Charlie (David Gulpilil) lives in a small community in Arnhem Land. A sequence of events, funny yet sadly moving, drive him to eschew the community and go bush. But even he can’t survive in the bush …

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Fargo

Reviewed by Chris Dite

Inspired by the 1996 film, this adaptation of the Coen brothers’ fan favourite does its muse proud. A wolf named Lorne Malvo has come to rural Minnesota. The sweeping strings in the opening titles le…

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Gardening with Soul

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

‘You like gardening – review this,’ so said the Readings DVD buyer. Yes, I do like gardening, though I’m not a keen documentary watcher. But my protests fell on deaf ears and I found myself spending …

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Reviewed by George Munn

The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson’s brilliant eighth feature film. It recounts the escapades of the marvellous Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), concierge of the movie’s titular hotel in th…

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Borgen: Season 3

Reviewed by Robert Constantine

‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.’ And so reads the epigraph of the final episode of Borgen. Indeed, Lincoln’s words are a fitting illust…

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True Detective

Reviewed by Steve Bidwell-Brown

As the clinical interrogator of civilisation’s ills, the detective trawls through the darkest and least accessible pockets of society in search of answers to the riddles that lay before them. What em…

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