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Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 83% Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura) (2017) Nise - The Heart Of Madness is a brilliantly rendered slice of history which touches on numerous subjects and really does justice to the people it portrays.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/5 21% Below her Mouth (2017) A simple story told well, this is an affecting piece of cinema that punches well above its weight.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 80% Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (1978) Martial arts genius aside, it's the film's warm-heartedness that has really given it its staying power, charming generation after generation of fans. This is a simple story told well, and it gets results.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
5/5 100% The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna) (1952) What really elevates Mizoguchi's work above other films of this type ... is his abstraction of the problem, looking beyond individuals at a set of behaviours and ideals that have no clear progenitor.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
23% Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) Hellraiser III is surprisingly watchable, and it's worth sitting through it till the end if only for Motörhead's spectacularly twee version of Hellraiser, the song they wrote with Ozzy Osbourne, over the closing credits. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/5 100% The Dark Tapes (2017) Overall, this is considerably more successful in its thematic linkage than most of its ilk, and it' not hard to see why it has done well on the festival circuit. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/5 48% Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) Though there's some good work here, it's a classic example of how not to approach making a sequel. When everything is turned up one notch louder, it's hard to make out anything clearly at all.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/5 60% Sword Master (2016) Sword Master will hypnotise viewers new to the genre who are easily distracted by shiny things, and Yiyan Jiang's performance is almost worth the price of admission on it own, but martial arts aficionados are likely to be disappointed.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/5 55% Speech & Debate (2017) All in all, this is a plucky but rather disorganised attempt to explore pressing issues. For a teen-focused film, it's refreshingly lacking in cynicism, but its fate will depend on whether or not its audience shares this quality.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 65% Hellraiser (1987) Not only did it revolutionise horror and force mainstream critics to accept that it could ... have real artistic weight, it captured a moment in time when social and sexual mores were shifting in a fascinating way. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 74% The Void (2017) Gillespie and Kostanski's real talents become visible when it comes to the special effects work, and here the film excels.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/5 36% Live Cargo (2017) It's a compelling sketch stretched too thin, with not enough additional substance to fill out a feature.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
5/5 69% My Father, Die (2017) It's a visionary work that bespeaks a rare talent,and a token, one hopes, of exciting things to come.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4.5/5 100% Seoul Station (2016) Seoul Station is a superb piece of work which blurs lines between Them and Us in complex ways, breathing new life into the undead in the process. It deserves a wide audience.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Lone Wolf and Cub 6: White Heaven in Hell (1973) Kuroda is skillful enough to ensure that it retains its poetry. Wakayama delivers as an actor as well as as a swordsman, and brief moments in which we see the bond he has with Tomikawa add depth to the story.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3.5/5 47% Bokeh (2017) It's not really the subject that's important, but how we interpret what's going on in the background.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Cause of Death: Unknown (2017) Combining interviews and dense passages of information with personal mementos that remind us that this issue is about human beings, Cause Of Death: Unknown is an impressive piece of work.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Population Zero (2016) Levins' photography is beautiful as always, even when he has clearly had very little time to set up.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (Kozure Ôkami: Meifumadô) (Shogun Assassin 4: Five Fistfuls of Gold) (1973) The film is smart and entertaining but doesn't stand on its own as well as others in the series; it's busy setting the tone for the final showdown. Nonetheless, it will appeal to fans, and Wakayama is always worth watching.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1.5/5 33% Bethany (2017) As all it really has going for it is superficial gloss, looking beneath the surface is that last thing it should be inviting viewers to do.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/5 67% House On Willow Street (2017) The need for constant escalation inevitably gets the film into trouble, leaving it with nowhere to go towards the end, when the plot also starts to drift.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart in Peril (1972) Baby Cart In Peril doesn't have Misumi's flair but it is in many ways a stronger film.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3.5/5 100% Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart at the River Styx (Kozure Ôkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma) (Shogun Assassin) (1972) Though it's not the strongest of the series overall, Baby Cart To Hades will appeal to fans of the action side of the genre, and its otherwise simple narrative presents more moral complexity than one might expect. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 81% Mean Dreams (2017) It's the acting that carries the film, together with the sweetness of the under-written central romance. Viewers who relate to these young people will find themselves gripped.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Cardinal X (2017) Cardinal X is refreshingly honest about the drug economy and the many levels at which it provides employment and a means of survival, without hiding the way that some drugs contribute to ruining lives.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Exhibition on Screen: The Artists Garden: American Impressionism (2017) At its strongest when connecting artistic and social issues, this may never quite recapture the magic of its predecessor, but it's still a strong piece of work.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet The End of the Game (2017) Viewers opposed to hunting are unlikely to have their minds changed by Wallace and his friends, but may find it easier to understand where they're coming from. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/5 72% Headshot (2017) Despite the familiarity of many elements of its plot, Headshot is gripping throughout, with plenty of pace and energy.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 92% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) It's an interesting entry in the catalogue of films through which To is aiming to explore deeper themes, and as such, may come to have historical value. It is, as they say, better than a hole in the head.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/5 80% Lone Wolf and Cub - Sword of Vengeance (Kozure Ôkami: Kowokashi udekashi tsukamatsuru) (1972) Lone Wolf And Cub will not be to everybody's tastes but it has plenty to recommend it, and it's something that students of film should make sure not to miss.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/5 83% Lost And Beautiful (Bella e Perduta) (2016) It's not a film for everyone, but if you're more inclined toward quiet afternoons in art galleries than watching the latest blockbuster, you may find its refined yet playful approach quite magical.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/5 71% Road to the Well (2016) Treading a fine line between farce and analytical drama, director Jon Cvack steers the film past many potential pitfalls, producing something that, whilst not always successful, is certainly distinctive.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet One Big Home (2016) Intelligent and thoughtful throughout, One Big Home starts out with bias and ends up with one of the fairest assessments of a complex cultural issue seen on our screens in recent years.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Deserted (2016) Though it falls short of its aspirations as a character-driven thriller, Deserted is certainly effective as a cautionary tale, and it shows that the increasingly busy Barton is worth keeping an eye on.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4.5/5 No Score Yet Original Bliss (Gleißendes Glück) (2016) Complex, sometimes conflicting emotions are beautifully played by Gedeck, who lets us see just enough of the turbulence beneath the surface to keep Helene compelling even when she's going about her day to day activities in a very ordinary way.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Marija (2016) A compelling drama that effectively explores a large section of society through its focus on a single character, Marija may be a tough watch but it's a powerful piece of work.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Halfway (2016) There's much about it that still feels rough, but it's an impressive first feature that shows maturity and insight, and it speaks well of all involved.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
2/5 71% Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2017) Too much and not enough at the same time, it complements its characters well, but is no more watchable.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Lure (2016) The Lure is overlong and could do with some tightening up, but there's plenty to enjoy about it.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
1.5/5 6% Shut In (2016) Shut In feels unfinished and scrappy. If you want to watch Watts wriggling around naked and bound in a bathtub, it may entertain you for five minutes, but the only thing that's scary about it is the waste of talent.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3.5/5 73% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2016) Many viewers will enjoy it simply for the stunning Douro scenery and the fantastic way in which Rodrigues brings the landscape to life.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
4/5 93% Mimosas (2017) Mauro Herce's cinematography is stunning and merges perfectly with the soundscape created by Emilio García Rivas. There is a strange enchantment woven here. If the film speaks to you at all, you can expect to fall under its spell.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
5/5 95% The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) The Postman Always Rings Twice is a masterclass in noir.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet #sugarwater (2016) It ends on a plea for the preservation or restoration of government support for the arts, emphasising its importance to letting audiences connect with varied work, and to broadening horizons. Simple as it is, the film makes a strong case for this.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016) Cutting between the four stories, director Alankrita Shrivastava is effective in capturing the hectic character of a community where homes are packed close together and everybody is constantly watching what the neighbours are doing.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2/5 74% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) [Emiliano Rocha Minter] has realised that when one mixes two genres, each of which generally plays to a separate group of critics, one can create the illusion of innovation.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3.5/5 64% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Problems deplete the film's energy and interrupt its brilliance - but it is brilliant, at least in snatches. Malick does not need to be on top form in order to dazzle and delight.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Paradise (2016) Konchalovskiy's tale captures the banality of evil, presents it as contemporary, as human.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/5 71% Pawno (2015) Although it gets too sentimental in places, especially towards the end, this is an entertaining, bold little film with a clear voice of its own.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Spectres are haunting Europe (2016) Spectres Are Haunting Europe plunges us into the thick of the action and leaves us to try and make sense of it for ourselves - just as the migrants have to.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017