Wednesday July 06 2022



Village Film with Tom Draper

Tom Draper reels out his cinematic insights for your enjoyment and enlightenment. Currently a final year Film undergraduate at the University of Warwick, Tom will one day be able to say: It all started here . . . And now you can also read Tom's film blog at


Provocative and thoroughly entertaining: ****
Posted on January 27 2015 at 10:09:57

Film Review: Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014)

Birdman: The first great film of the year *****
Posted on January 07 2015 at 5:11:20

Film Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015)

Perplexing, intriguing and strange: ****
Posted on October 03 2014 at 12:04:00

Film Review: Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014)

A new form of realism *****
Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:25:14

Film Review: 20,000 Days on Earth (Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2014)

In recent weeks I’ve watched a few music films which experimented with the form of documentary. The two most successful and memorable of these were Jean-Luc Godard’s One Plus One (1968) (released in England as Sympathy for the Devil) and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days of Earth.

An antidote to Twilight ****
Posted on September 23 2014 at 5:05:50

Film Review: Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch 2014)

While the vampire genre has proved consistently popular within both cinema and literature, the 21st century has witnessed a staggering rise in the amount of films centred on vampires. From the profoundly beloved Twilight saga (2008-2012) to the obscure Thirst (Park Chan-wook, 2009) and the upcoming Dracula Untold (Gary Shore, 2014), it would be difficult to hear any filmgoer say that they had not seen one in recent years. 

A triumph: the best this year *****
Posted on September 03 2014 at 1:22:43

Film Review: Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014)

Boasting a fiction filmography of titles such as La Promesse (1996), Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002), L’enfant (2005) and The Kid with the Bike (2011), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are two of the most notable and successful filmmakers of recent years.

Squalor in the South: ****
Posted on July 29 2014 at 10:30:59

Film Review: Joe (David Gordon Green, 2013)

A masterpiece: *****
Posted on July 22 2014 at 9:13:53

Film Review: Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

There is a scene in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (2013) where journalist and central protagonist Jep Gambardella views a photographic exhibition whose author is the son of one of his friends. This exhibition comprises thousands of photographs of the son from a multitude of points in his life.

A five-star animation *****
Posted on June 10 2014 at 12:10:59

Film Review: The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013)

Like Luxor Jr, the animated lamp that signals the beginning of a Pixar film, the outline of Totoro, the adorable wood spirit from Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 My Neighbour Totoro, introduces The Wind Rises as emerging out of Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Not only do the two studios make use of a mascot in order to represent themselves pictorially, but they both enjoy a history of critical and popular successes unrivalled by any other animation studios working at present.

Enjoyable and fairly funny: **
Posted on June 02 2014 at 9:26:59

Film Review: Bad Neighbours (Nicholas Stoller, 2014)

Our film reviewer Tom Draper ( gives his verdict on Seth Rogen’s latest outing.

Lost in the landscape: ***
Posted on May 20 2014 at 10:31:59

Film Review: Tracks (John Curran, 2013)

Mirroring the arduous journey undertaken by Robyn Davidson in 1977, her 1980 book Tracks, which has stagnated in developmental hell for the past thirty years, has finally arrived in 2013 starring Mia Wasikowska as the central heroine.

Appealing, yet unorginal ****
Posted on April 01 2014 at 10:28:59

Film Review: The Double (Richard Ayoade, 2014)

‘You’re in my place’ are the first lines spoken in The Double to central character Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) by a man whose is face is obscured by a newspaper.

As this faceless entity orders Simon to surrender his seat in an otherwise empty train carriage, one assumes the film has opened with a dream sequence in which events occur according to dream logic and function to represent Simon’s internal anxieties through metaphor.

Ultimately rewarding: ****
Posted on March 31 2014 at 12:05:59

Film review: The Past (Asghar Farhadi, 2013)

One of the first shots of Asghar Farhadi’s The Past separates two of its characters between a pane of glass where they can see can see but not hear each other.

This image crudely recalls his Oscar-winning drama A Separation (2011) which focuses on the conflict tearing its central couple apart: the husband wants to stay in Iran to look after his father, the wife wants to move abroad to provide improved conditions for her daughter.

Meticulous realism: ****
Posted on March 25 2014 at 3:27:59

Film review: Starred Up (David Mackenzie, 2014)

Starred Up emerges from screenwriter Jonathan Asser’s experiences working in the education department at Wandsworth Prison. This knowledge lets us further understand both the meticulous realism of the film and the placing of its central force for good as Oliver (‘O’), the therapist who appears to be the only member of staff who believes in the possibility of rehabilitation for violent protagonist Eric Love (Jack O’Connell).

Quiet and explosive: ****
Posted on March 17 2014 at 1:54:59

Film review: Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2014)

Seven years since his second feature, Birth, Jonathan Glazer delivers Under the Skin from the darkness that is the British film industry, avoiding the quagmire that has ended many young careers – a demise resembling the fate of the men Scarlett Johansson seduces in his film.

Believable and draining: *****
Posted on December 01 2013 at 8:08:59

In May 2013, Blue Is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2) won the Palme d’Or, arguably the greatest honour a film can receive, at least within the art cinema world, at the Cannes Film Festival.

Welcome to Waseley
Posted on August 22 2007 at 12:23:37

Sally Oldaker goes behind the scenes of a local movie hit.