On the eve of her second UK tour, CDtimes talks to Canadian songtress Kathleen Edwards about her latest release, touring and how one can suceed in a music industry focussed on image over quality.
The Coens' cult classic sees another release this time as a collector's edition. Mark Boydell has a look at one of the top comedies of the 90s.
Mark Boydell takes a look at what he considers to be one of the best war films ever made but is not impressed with the DVD.
Mark Boydell takes a look at Chile's most successful film to date, the moving Machuca which takes us back to another 11th of September.
Mark Boydell takes a look at the best film he's ever seen from Patagonia - a tender film about unemployment, high hopes and one strange looking dog...
Mark Boydell looks at Ucho (The Ear) - a Czechoslovakian film banned by the authorities for 20 years which is finally released in the UK.
An international hit, Le Dîner de Cons finally receives a UK release. Mark Boydell takes a look at a rather barebones DVD.
The controversial Don't Move which follows the bizarre romance between a trashed-out Penelope Cruz and an upper-class surgeon comes to DVD. Mark Boydell take a look...
Mark Boydell spends three days watching the first season of Lost as well as the multitude of extras. The final verdict is good - a great series which is given a good R1 release. If you don't want to have to wait a few months before being able to know how it all ends, this is the way to go...
Mark Boydell takes a look at a French thriller - Who Killed Bambi? - featuring the attractive Sophie Quinton in the title role and Laurent Lucas as a bizarre doctor with strange interests. The film is given a good bare-bones release by Tartan.
Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 1 Canadian DVD release from Seville Pictures - a port of the Tartan North American release - of this remarkable, bizarre, daring and controversial debut from young Mexican director, Carlos Reygadas. A man arrives in a remote Mexican village to kill himself and meets the one person who can save him.
Mark Boydell gets bowled over by Szerelem (Love) - another excellent release by Second Run and one of the most moving films he has ever seen.
Mark Boydell takes a look at Godard's latest film, the experimental Notre Musique which sets out to eat more than it can can really chew but still comes through pretty strongly.
Between The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, George Roy Hill took a break from the mainstream and adapted Kurt Vonnegut's complex anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse Five. The result is still very interesting thirty years later and is given a good transfer by Universal.
Mark Boydell takes a look at a new release of an Eastern Thriller - Omen which features Thailand's response to Boyzone in a psychological thriller written by the Pang brothers (The Eye).
Following in the wake of Infernal Affairs, Colour of the Truth returns to a similar fertile ground with Anthony Wong giving another fine performance as well as a rather dubious effort at putting on a cockney accent. Another very good film from the HK powerhouse which receives a decent DVD release in the UK.
With the recent success of Être et Avoir, new label Second Run release an earlier work by Nicolas Philibert: In The Land of the Deaf (Au Pays Des Sourds) which offers a fascinating insight into the deaf community. Philibert's unintrusive camerawork once again creates a compelling and moving experience without having to resort to artifice or excess.
Another addition to Fox's Noir series, Street With No Name is the second installement in the adventures of Inspector Briggs after James Stewart's Call Northside 777. The uneasy official sponsership of the FBI makes the film overly wholesome and in no ways as nihilistic as some of the best Noirs. Still it's an entertaining romp though hardly a classic of the genre
The tireless band are touring the UK once again as well as other dates throughout Europe this summer. Mark Olson, founding member of critics' darling the Jayhawks, and Victoria Williams, form the lynchpin of the band, producing rootsy folk-rock as well as more recently political appraisals of the US in the new century.CDTimes content: <a href=http://cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=571>Previous gig review</a> <a href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=574"CDtimes interview</a> June 20 St. Bonaventure's Club Bristol, UK June 21 The Musician Leicester, UK June 22 Hanbury Ballroom Brighton, UK June 24 The Cluny Newcastle, UK June 25 The Star Bedford, UK June 26 Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff, UK June 27 The Borderline London, UK June 30 t.b.c. Stockholm, Sweden July 2 Woxstock Festival Edsbyn, Sweden July 4 t.b.c. Lund, Sweden July 5 t.b.c. Gothenburg, Sweden July 6 Muddy Water Oslo, Norway July 7 Grand Kjelleren/Festival Egersund, Norway Egersund, Norway July 9 Festival Festival Borlange, Sweden July 13 t.b.c. Dresden/Köln, Germany July 14 Laboratorium Stuttgart, Germany July 15 t.b.c. Forli, Italy (near Bologna) July 17 Café Athens, Greece
Another good effort from Spain, Take My Eyes looks at the problem of domestic abuse in modern-day Spain with realism and passion. With outstanding performances from the leads, the film comes through as an excellent effort and a very different form of cinema from what we have been accustomed to see on our screens.