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55th London Film Festival
Articles and reviews from the 2015 London Film Festival.
annual reviews
Our end of year reviews in reverse date order.

Review of the Year 2016 – The Discs: Slarek
Review of the Year 2016 – The Films: Slarek
Review of the Year 2015 – The Discs: Slarek
Review of the Year 2015 – The Films: Slarek
Review of the Year 2014: Slarek
Review of the Year 2013: Slarek
Review of the Year 2012: Timothy E. RAW
Review of the Year 2012: Slarek

Review of the Year 2011: Slarek
Review of the Year 2011: L.K. Weston

Review of the Year 2010: Slarek
Review of the Year 2010: L.K. Weston

Review of the Year 2009: L.K. Weston
Review of the Year 2009: Slarek

Review of the Year 2008: Slarek

Review of the Year 2007: Slarek
Review of the Year 2007: Camus
Review of the Year 2007: Lord Summerisle

Review of the Year 2006: Camus
Review of the Year 2006: CNash
Review of the Year 2006: Slarek

Review of the Year 2005, Part 1: The Films
Review of the Year 2005, Part 2: The DVDs

Review of the Year 2004, Part 1: The Documentaries
Review of the Year 2004, Part 2: The Movies
Review of the Year 2004, Part 3: The DVDs

Review of the Year 2003

articles archive
The articles are listed in reverse date order, with the most recent first. Click on the title to read the story.
13 January 2016
Slarek
The guardians of physical media – Slarek's Blu-ray & DVD picks of 2016
In a year when great disc releases were just raining down, Slarek picks 25 of his favourite UK Blu-ray and DVD releases of 2016 and reflects on the number of titles he didn't get around to seeing or reviewing.
9 January 2016
Slarek
Oh, the horror – Slarek's film & TV picks of 2016
Just over a week into 2017, Slarek looks back at what was a seriously crappy year for just about everything except film and picks 21 film and TV titles that he really enjoyed over the past 12 months.
16 January 2016
Slarek
A narrowed but richly flowered field: favourite discs of 2015
A little later than intended due to family illness, Slarek takes a trip through 20 of his favourite Blu-ray and DVD releases of 2015, and looks at why so many are from the same three highly respected distributors.
11 January 2016
Camus/Slarek
Just for one day: a tribute to David Bowie
On the day that we lost one of the great musical talents of the modern ages, Slarek and Camus pay tribute to his film work and pick a few personal favourite performances and musical moments.
4 January 2016
Slarek
Art vs. autocracy: Slarek's film and TV picks of 2015
As he slowly gets back up to full speed whilst managing an ongoing family crisis, Slarek picks 21 of his favourite films and TV shows from the past 12 months, with his picks for 20 Blu-ray and DVD titles soon to follow.
31 December 2015
Camus
Believe it or not...
Either something on screen convinces you of its reality or it doesn't. Many filmmakers are now embracing the more time honoured special effect techniques and using CG to clean up afterwards. Camus charts a welcome trend…
27 August 2015
Camus
Overlooked
Reading movies is fun. It can also lurch into astounding silliness. Few modern films have been pored over as much as The Shining and with two specific reference tomes in one hand, Camus knocks on the door of Room 237 with the other.
25 June 2015
Camus
Emotion pictures: A tribute to compose James Horner
Woven throughout the early 80s right up to today are scores from composer James Horner that graced some of Hollywood's most celebrated movies. He defined cinematic decades as much as giants John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. Camus mourns a sad loss.
1 January 2015
Camus
Perfect! Let's do one more
We all know roughly what they do, how dependent on others their work is and any cineaste worth their salt will know the greats from the not-so-greats. But what makes a ‘great’ director? Camus ponders the ineffable.
25 August 2014
Camus/Slarek
Darlings, All – A Tribute to Richard Attenborough
There are very few consummate filmmakers out there with a CV to rival the late Richard Attenborough. From teen actor to national treasure, he always stood up for the little guy. Camus and Slarek acknowledge his passing.
25 July 2014
Camus
Waving and Drowning
Who decides what's cool, what's 'in', what's fundamentally good? There used to be a select stratum of people who greenlit a film's production or a book's publishing. Camus asks "Do we still need so-called 'tastemakers'?"
2 May 2014
Camus/Slarek
"'Ere, 'old up, where's Victoria?": A tribute to Bob Hoskins
From On The Move’s adult literacy TV shows in the 70s via a huge diversity of roles to the twinkle-in-his-eye, shop steward of Made In Dagenham, we’ve always had a soft spot for the sadly late Bob Hoskins.
16 January 2014
Camus
The year according to Trevor
It's late, it's long, and it kicks of with the usual extended political moan, but Slarek has finally turned in his very personal pick of the audio-visual pleasures of 2013.
15 December 2013
Camus
Touched by Light
Has life-changing cinema been irrevocably diluted by the ubiquity and immediacy of media? Content, and indeed the means by which it's consumed, are everywhere. Camus asks "Can a movie still profoundly affect you?"
15 August 2013
Camus
Wheels of Fortune
The Mouse House practically owns Hollywood. It already possesses Lucasfilm, Marvel and the Muppets. In the week of the release of Planes, Camus highlights a defining moment for the jewel in Mickey's crown, Pixar...
7 July 2013
Michael Ewins
Take a Trip
Michael Ewins tunes in to Film4 for their multiplatform release of Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England and finds points of comparison with Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, The Wrath Of God and Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff.
28 January 2013
Slarek
That was the year that was
Posted even later than last year's hopelessly delayed list, Slarek reflects on the films and discs that lightened his corner of a rather glum world in 2012.
18 January 2013
Timothy E. RAW
The 10 Best Films of 2012
Over three hundred films later and after a couple of weeks' reflection, Timothy E. RAW questions the timetabling of annual lists, celebrates an incredible year for women in film and selects the top ten films of the last twelve months.
31 December 2012
Camus / Slarek
Sixties Super Mario Nation
Both Slarek and Camus mourn the passing of the great Gerry Anderson, the creator of some of the most fondly remembered TV shows from the 60s and 70s. His work is embedded in our imaginations like no other's.
28 November 2012
Jerry Whyte
That's Entertainment
With paedophile scandals still headline news and Barack Obama back in the White House, Jerry Whyte reviews two topical US documentaries screened at the London Film Festival, Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa and Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, and wonders what they say about documentary today and yesterday.
19 June 2012
L.K. Weston
Living in a Material World: HBO's Girls and the Culture of Critique
L.K. Weston returns to the fold with a detailed look at HBO current hot property Girls and the critical and audience reaction to it.
28 May 2012
Camus
Only one poetry – five questions to Jan Švankmajer
Offered the chance to ask the great Jan Švankmajer just five questions, we found ourselves unable to narrow our oversized list down so asked you to choose instead.
17 April 2012
Camus
Persistence of vision
Camus looks back at the time and work involved in making his micro-budget first feature film, and invites you to attend its first public screening at this year's London Independent Film Festival.
17 February 2012
Timothy E. RAW
Oscar gets it wrong
Another year, another farcical, forgone conclusion. Timothy E. RAW talks up five films more deserving of Oscar than the likes of The Help and The Iron Lady and gives ot his own awards.
12 February 2012
Timothy E. RAW
Toeing the line with a rebel squeal
Thanks to the BBC not making the BAFTAs a live event, Timothy E. RAW ignores Twitter and offers his thoughts on tonight's nominations as he sits down to watch the behind-the-times telecast.
27 January 2012
Slarek
Review of the Year 2011: Slarek
Slarek finally selects 20 titles from the world of film, disc and television that made 2011 a little more tolerable. Yes, it's insanely late, and yes, half of it is a heartfelt political moan, but we're posting it anyway.
8 January 2012
Timothy E. RAW
The Girl That Got Away
Timothy E. RAW's end of year list is still to come, though brimming with films in the hundreds, Margaret, the film he was looking forward to most all year won't be on it. It turns out not even 20th Century Fox wanted him – or anyone else – to see it.
3 January 2012
Slarek
DVD Outsider Becomes Cine Outsider
DVD Outsider has changed its name and location. The new site is already up (you're looking at it), and our editor explains why the change has been made.
30 December 2011
Jerry Whyte
Review of the Year 2011: L.K. Weston
In the first of our looks back at the films and discs that caught our collective eyes in 2011, L.K. Weston picks her personal favourites and laments the move from celluloid to digital.
11 December 2011
Jerry Whyte
Free Radicals
Jerry Whyte considers political movements and moments, past and present, with the aid of the odd book and several films screened at the London Film Festival, focusing on Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey and The Black Power Mixtape.
23 October 2011
Camus
New Waves, Old Friends
In a companion piece to his Voice Over review, Camus recalls his first encounter with Chris Monger's earlier avante garde feature, Repeater, and finds himself still unable to unravel what he saw.
11 October 2011
Jerry Whyte
Ken Loach – Politics and Cinema
Jerry Whyte reports from two BFI organised events focussing on the work of Ken Loach, and looks at the politics and films of one of Britain's most enduring and committed filmmakers.
26 July 2011
Camus
Hallows Be Thy Name
Has the end of the cinematic Harry Potter franchise sounded the death knell of hollywood authorship? Camus muses on the final chapter of this hugely successful series.
2 January 2011
Slarek
Raging against the machine – review of the year 2010
In the second of our annual round-ups, Slarek bemoans the state of the nation and selects his favourite films, DVDs and Blu-rays of the year.
30 December 2010
L.K. Weston
Necessity breeds invention – review of the year 2010
In the first of our yearly round-ups, L.K. Weston takes a positive look back at her favourite film and DVD releases of the past 12 months.
17 November 2010
Timothy E. RAW
The Spy Who Misunderstood Me – an interview with Heather Graham
In the long delayed final article of our coverage of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest Timothy E. Raw interviews Heather Graham and discovers her largely unseen life in film after Roller Girl.
26 September 2010
Timothy E. RAW / Slarek
Blood in Paradise – an interview with Fisher Stevens
Slarek takes a personal look at the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, and Timothy E. RAW interviews its producer Fisher Stevens.
15 August 2010
Timothy E. RAW
Going for gold (again) - an Interview with John Madden
Timothy E. RAW conducts an in-depth interview with Shakespeare in Love director, John Madden. They discuss his upcoming political Thriller, The Debt, staring Helen Mirren and look back over a career spanning film, TV, theater and radio.
7 August 2010
Timothy E. RAW
Ischia Time
Timothy E. RAW reviews the best film of the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival and maybe even the year. We celebrate Cairo Time's US theatrical and Canadian Blu-Ray & DVD release with exclusive interviews with the director and star of the film.
11 April 2010
Camus
Being Mindful of Numbers
With it's 17th April UK air date rapidly approaching, Camus previews ITV's 2009 remake of one of the most groundbreaking and imaginative TV series ever to grace our screens.
27 December 2009
L.K. Weston
Review of the Year 2009: L.K. Weston
L.K. Weston selects her favourite film and DVD releases from the past 12 months, identifies a few horrors, and looks forward to 2010.
2 January 2010
Slarek
Review of the Year 2009: Slarek
Slarek takes a personal look back a year of films, DVDs, Blu-rays and personal loss, as well as the films and discs that slipped through the review net.
August 2009
Camus
The Behaviour of Mush in Zero-G
Camus celebrates those small moments in films, happy accidents of chance that smart directors have included rather than consigning to the cutting room floor or cleaned up with CGI.
5 May 2009
Slarek/Camus
A Conversation with Ken Russell
To coincide with the UK DVD release of Lisztomania, Slarek and Camus spoke all too briefly to its maverick director about his memories of the film, the lack of DVD releases of his work, about cult favourite Altered States, and about his most recent project, Boudica Bites Back.
3 January 2009
Slarek
Review of the Year 2008: Slarek
Slarek looks back at a few favourites from the past year, mourns the loss to two young industry figures and a key British distributor and groans at leangth about Hollywood remakes.
9 September 2008
Slarek
Lo-def in Hi-def
Slarek ponders on his own move to hi-def, an expensive and inevitably incomplete process that he's been dragged into but is starting to enjoy, and looks forward to DVD Outsider's own Blu-ray coverage.
16 October 2008
Camus
Joker's Wild
Camus celebrates and explores Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight, a screen character that has exerted an almost unprecedented hold on his psyche, and wonders what this obsession says about him.
January 2008
Camus
Brutes in the Chapel
As a companion piece to his review of If...., Camus talks to the film's camera operator and now acclaimed director and cinematographer Chris Menges to put the record straight on the colour/black and white issue.
5 January 2008
Lord Summerisle
Review of the Year 2007: Lord Summerisle
Lord Summerisle selects his favourite films and TV programmes from 2007, and has a couple of moans for good measure.
4 January 2008
Camus
Review of the Year 2007: Camus
Camus reflects on a year when even his kindly tolerance was tested by Hollywood and picks the 10 high and low points of his viewing year.
3 January 2008
Slarek
Review of the Year 2007: Slarek
Slarek looks back at 2007, waves goodbye to Hollywood and selects his favourite films and DVDs of 2007, at least of the ones he's actually found time to see.
27 May 2007
Camus
Intelligence is Mandatory
Camus celebrates Aaron Sorkin's new series, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which has yet to reach these shores, and muses on the state of today's TV.
5 August 2007
Camus
Goodbye, Richard
Camus pays tribute to his close friend, the filmmaker Richard Franklin, who tragically passed away last month.
27 March 2007
Camus
Power playing and the art of achieving the impossible
Following a viewing of The Devil Wears Prada, Camus muses on power and the movie mindset.
4 January 2007
CNash
Review of the Year 2006: Slarek
Slarek selects his favourite films and DVDs of 2006 and finds there are a LOT in the 'Also Ran' column.
3 January 2007
CNash
Review of the Year 2006: CNash
CNash chooses his 2006 favourites from film and TV in 2007.
3 January 2007
Camus
Review of the Year 2006: Camus
Camus has an end of year appreciation and rant.
1 November 2006
Camus & Slarek
Memories of Blade Runner
To co-incide with the release fo a remastered DVD of Blade Runner - The Director's Cut in advance of the much anticipated 'Final Edition', camus and Slarek look back to their first encounter with a science fiction masterpiece, and ponder on the so-called 'director's cut' and the critical turnaround in the years following the film's release.
27 May 2006
CNash
London MCM Conference 2006
CNash reports from the 2006 MCM Expo in London, a meeting place for animé, manga and science fiction fans, and finds a Dalek in need of a hug.
4 April 2006
Slarek
From Eastern Horror to Western Dollar - Hollywood Plunders (Part 2)
Slarek ponders on genre remakes and the decline of the American horror film.
18 September 2005
Camus
Nuns Climbing Every Mountain to Infinity and Beyond
A short but very appreciative obituary of one of cinema's aged greats and, at half his age, one of cinema's potential greats.
3 January 2006
Slarek
Review of the Year 2005, Part 2: The DVDs
Slarek chooses selects his choice DVDs for 2005.
1 January 2006
Slarek
Review of the Year 2005, Part 1: The Films
Slarek chooses his favourite trips to the cinema of the past year.
7 December 2005
Camus
The Lion, The Pitch and the Boardroom
A satirical speculation on the thinking behind another big budget Hollywood venture.
27 August 2005
Lord Summerisle
William Burroughs in Film
A detailed look at the film work made and inspired by the writer William Burroughs.
27 May 2005
Slarek
A Spanner in the Works
Slarek looks at the work of the independent documentary film-makers that are Spanner films, and talks to McLibel and Drowned Out director Franny Armstrong.
15 March 2005
Camus
In Wondrous Anticipation - In Anxious Dread
Camus gets nervous about the upcoming Hollywood remake of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
11 March 2005
Camus
John Drake's Progress
A detailed look at the greatest TV series of all time - The Prisoner.
2 March 2005
Slarek
Oscar Bollocks
An overdue moan at the shallow irrelevance of Hollywood's annual back-slapping party.
February 2005
Slarek
Building an Extension
Do extended versions and director's cuts really represent the director's original vision?
16 January 2005
Slarek
Imax, 3D and the Movie Experience
A companion piece to Richard Franklin's review of The Polar Express that looks at Imax and its lower tech predecessors.
3 January 2005
Slarek
Review of the Year 2004, Part 3: The DVDs
In the final part of his annual review, Slarek selects his favourite DVD releases of 2004.
3 January 2005
Slarek
Review of the Year 2004, Part 2: The Movies
In part 2 of his review of the year, Slarek looks back at his time at the cinema.
31 December 2004
Slarek
Review of the Year 2004, Part 1: The Documentaries
In a great year for documentaries, Slarek selects his favourites.
19 March 2004
Camus
Fare well and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies...
A personal view on one a modern movie great.
11 July 2004
Camus
Jerry Goldsmith - A Personal Obituary
Camus pays personal tribute to a great film composer and a very fine man.
12 March 2004
Slarek
Shall We Dansu? to Shall We Dance! - Hollywood Plunders (Part 1)
14 January 2004
Camus
The Shaggy Dogs, the Fridge and the Vase
1 January 2004
Camus & Slarek
Review of the Year 2003
Camus and Slarek select their favourite movies and DVDs of 2003.
30 December 2003
Tonsofun
Switching Teams: Straight Actors Playing it Gay
Tonsofun looks at the trend in recent Hollywood films for straight actors to camp it up in gay roles
24 December 2003
Camus
'Classic' Disney and Me
A personal view of the changing face of Disney.
8 Dec 2003
Slarek
A Personal Journey Through Star Wars
With the original Star Wars trilogy heading for DVD, Slarek details his long history with the series, from initial delight to fuming anger.