DVD review: In Darkness - better than Spielberg

By Simon Round, June 15, 2012

Acclaimed Polish film-maker Agnieszka Holland’s harsh, uncompromising drama may have the same theme as Schindler’s List — a true-life story of a gentile who saved Jews
— but it is both more compelling and less sentiment-al than Spielberg’s blockbuster.


Woody Allen revealed - but don't ask about Mia Farrow

By Jonathan Foreman, June 8, 2012

Robert Weide, director of Woody Allen: A Documentary, apparently spent much of a year-and- a-half in Allen's orbit. His film's rambling structure - part chronological, part thematic - includes interviews with stars, agents, co-writers and family members, and a lot of material from previous documentaries.


Homeland was brilliant, now it's Hatufim's turn

By Simon Round, May 10, 2012

There can be very few people who sat down to watch the first episode of Channel 4's gripping psychological thriller who were not there for the final instalment last Sunday.


Nazi-hunting rock star style

By Jonathan Foreman, April 6, 2012

One of the creepier cinematic developments of recent years is the attempts by European filmmakers to mine the Holocaust for comedy. The first and most successful of these of was Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful, which was followed by Peter Kossovitz's execrable Jakob the Liar.


So many Holocaust movies are 'just lies', says Oscar nominee

By Stephen Applebaum, March 8, 2012

It is late January and two days since Agnieszka Holland's tough Holocaust film, In Darkness, was nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar. She has been in this position before, but 2012 is the first time that the 63-year-old director has represented her homeland: Poland. On the night, the prize will go to Iran's A Separation.


Review: Raid on Entebbe

By Simon Round, March 8, 2012

Raid on Entebbe was one of no fewer than three films rushed out in the aftermath of the audacious Israeli rescue of passengers hijacked by Palestinian terrorists on an Air France plane en route to Paris in 1976.

The mission, carried out by elite Israeli troops, was meticulously planned, well timed and brilliantly executed.


Review: Leon the Pig Farmer

By Simon Round, February 23, 2012

It is a sad indictment of the British-Jewish movie sub-genre that this 1993 comedy is still touted as the finest of its kind.

Back then, I guess British Jews were happy that someone had seen fit to make a comedy about them, despite the fact that the plot was slight, the acting so-so and the jokes strained. It is basically a one-gag film.


Review: Adam Resurrected

By Simon Round, February 16, 2012

This may not be the best film ever made about the Holocaust but it is almost certainly the most surreal.

Based on Israeli novelist Yoram Kaniuk's 1968 best-seller, Adam Resurrected, it is a kind of post-Holocaust One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with a little Catch 22 and some magical realism thrown in for good measure.

Jeff Goldblum plays the multi-talented but traumatised camp survivor, Ada


Review: A Dangerous Method

By Jonathan Foreman, February 9, 2012

There are many films that celebrate psychoanalysis, reflecting the popularity of various forms of psychotherapy in Hollywood.


Review: The Descendants

By Jonathan Foreman, January 26, 2012

The Descendants is a film about adultery, death and bad parenting, with a side-element concerning race and real-estate in Hawaii. It is directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, who rose to fame with the terrific 1999 satire, Election.