3 December 2012-12-03

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The Dark Knight Rises (Warner, cert 12, Blu-ray/DVD/Download)

The series has been overpumped but Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film is definitely the best of the bunch, a luxuriously long, character-packed comicbook adventure all the better for featuring Christian Bale’s caped crusader very little.

The Dark Knight Rises – at Amazon


The Bourne Legacy (Universal, cert 12, Blu-ray/DVD/Download)

It’s the Bourne Leftovers, with Jeremy Renner taking over from Matt Damon, the taciturn amnesiac superspy now having a memory, a loose tongue and little raison d’etre. S’OK. Just.

The Bourne Leftovers – at Amazon


New Year’s Eve (Warner, cert 12, Blu-ray/DVD/Download)

A Love, Actually idea – a parade of largely unlovely people finding their inner human – gilded with a cast of Famous Actors (De Niro, Efron, Pfeiffer, Biel, Heigl and on and on). The end-credit blooper reel is worth waking up for.

New Year’s Eve – at Amazon


Ninja Scroll (Manga, cert 18, Blu-ray/DVD)

One of the most classic animes ever, looking razor sharp in Blu-ray, full of action, incident, sex and blood and a forceful reminder that even Scooby Doo animation technology can produce something of expressionistic loveliness.

Ninja Scroll – at Amazon


Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (Revolver, cert E, DVD)

A 1995 interview with the Apple founder recorded a year after he’d been fired from his own company. Covering his past (a geek at 12), the current scene (“Microsoft is McDonalds”) and the future (“the web, it’s going to be huge”) it’s honest, relaxed, fascinating.

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview – at Amazon


A Trip to the Moon (Park Circus, cert U, DVD)

A restoration of one of the most famous films ever made, Georges Méliès’s 110-year-old 16-minute sci-fi and special effects motherlode – in colour too, every frame hand painted. The soundtrack by Air, is as impish as the film itself, and there’s a well researched accompanying doc.

A Trip to the Moon – at Amazon


Sound of My Voice (Fox, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD)

A woman from the future becomes a cult leader in the present – or is it all hogwash? Two investigative reporters go undercover to find out in a genre-confounding drama, low key and surprisingly tasty.

Sound of My Voice – at Amazon


© Steve Morrissey 2012




10 December 2012-12-10

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The Expendables 2 (Lionsgate, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD)


Jason Statham helps action OAPs Sly, Arnie, Dolph, Bruce, Jean-Claude and even, god love him, Chuck Norris into their combat gear in a second tranche of lobotomised ass-kicking so ridiculous the franchise might run for ever.

The Expendables 2 – at Amazon


Ping Pong (Britdoc, cert PG, DVD)

Play veteran table tennis and stay limber, sharp and connected to the world – the message of this riveting documentary that works because it focuses on the game and its very elderly players (one a feisty 100), rather than self-empowerment blah.

Ping Pong – at Amazon


Life Just Is (Independent, cert 15, DVD)

After a nano-second on the big screen, this idiosyncratic drama arrives on DVD, a story about young people making the decisions that will define them for the rest of their lives. It’s gobby, gauche, passionate and pseudo profound. Very studenty, in other words, exactly as it should be.

Life Just Is – at Amazon


Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (Dogwoof, cert E, DVD)

Admirably linear, properly humane, entirely gripping, never mawkish documentary about the gifted finger-shredding guitarist who’d just made the poodle-haired big-time when he was struck with motor neurone disease.

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet – at Amazon


Gate of Hell (Eureka, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD)

First time on DVD for Teinosuke Kinogasa’s astonishing-looking samurai adventure from 1954, a film so carefully composed and super-saturated every frame could be screen-grabbed.

Gate of Hell – at Amazon


Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (Fox, cert U, Blu-ray/DVD)

A surprisingly OK Ice Age 4, less constipated and suburban than its forebears, better animated and written than might be expected, with Peter Dinklage delivering entertaining voicework as a salty sea dog straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – at Amazon


Keith Lemon: The Film (Lionsgate, cert 18, Blu-ray/DVD)

Leigh Francis’s comic creation, a smutty soufflé of knowingness, collapses under the weight of 85 minutes of Yorkshire gurning, Z list celebrity (Jedward, the Hoff) and no-holes-barred innuendo. Even Celebrity Juice fans aren’t finding this “bang tidy”.

Keith Lemon: The Film – at Amazon


17 December 2012-12-17

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Cinefile, cert 15, DVD)

Tonally similar to his Marius et Jeannette from 1997, Robert Guédiguian’s latest drama, about a Marseilles union official questioning his principles after he’s violently burgled by a comrade, is warm-hearted and delightful, Ken Loach with added sunshine.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro – at Amazon


When the Lights Went Out (Revolver, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD)

A poltergeist monsters a 1970s council-house – avocado bathroom suite, twin-bar electric fire and all – in this British genre horror done with polish, style and gut-puckering sound design.

When the Lights Went Out – at Amazon


The Killing Series 3 (Arrow, cert 15, DVD)

Death, politics and Sofie Grabøl’s knitwear – the three vital elements are all here in the thrilling final series of the Danish cop show which proved that quality trumps subtitle-phobia.

 The Killing Season 3 – at Amazon


Yossi (Peccadillo, cert 15, DVD)

Ten years after Yossi & Jagger, a tender sequel, following gay Israeli doctor Yossi, now middle aged and tentatively exiting the closet, in the direction of a buff young conscript. Death in Venice is the template, hence the lashings of Mahler on the swoonsome soundtrack.

Yossi – at Amazon


The Colditz Story Special Edition (StudioCanal, cert U, Blu-ray/DVD)

Restored and reissued to commemorate Pat Reid’s daring escape from the notorious German PoW camp 70 years ago, Guy Hamilton’s classic of casual jingoism, stiff upper lip and dogged heroism is the archetypal British war film.

The Colditz Story – at Amazon


Shock Head Soul (Soda, cert 12, DVD)

File this one under “interesting if flawed”, a strange biography part funded by the Wellcome Trust, charting the descent into madness of a judge in 1890s Germany, a mix of drama-doc, modern-day expert testimony and extracts from Judge Schreber’s obsessively kept diary.

Shock Head Soul – at Amazon


English Vinglish (Eros, cert PG, DVD)

The comeback of Indian megastar Sridevi tells the story of a sari-wearing woman in the fleshpots of New York. Sugary, slow and toe-curling it can be, but it’s revealing to see the East/West interface from the other side.

English Vinglish – at Amazon