Review: 7 Days in Havana

Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) eases his way into feature-film directing as co-director to some notable World Cinema patrons such as Julio Medem (Sex y Lucia) and Gaspar Noé (Irreversible). However, their inharmonious hotpot of Havana nights dredges up that old phrase: ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’,…

Review: Killer Joe

You’re at a party. ‘Smooth-Steve’ has just told a risqué, but witty story to raucous laughter. Suddenly, over the remaining chuckles, a determined voice chirps up: it’s ‘Awkward-Alan’. He’s trying to better that story with his own, but he’s drifting into nauseating profanity for humour’s sake. Some storytellers have a finger on the pulse of…

Review: Rust and Bone

The common state of play for World Cinema directors these days is to capture life as gritty and dirty as they can find it, then chuck in as much perversity as possible in the hope that critics will raise more than an eyebrow and remark how marvellously different it is from Hollywood. But what really…