Meeting Dr. Sun (Xingdong daihoo: Sunzhongshan)

Meeting Dr. Sun (Xingdong daihoo: Sunzhongshan)

Meeting Dr. Sun (Xingdong daihoo: Sunzhongshan) Taiwan (2014) Dir. Yee Chih-yen Some filmmakers take their time in between projects while others seem to be inordinately prolific in their output. Taiwan’s Yee Chih-yen not only falls into the former category but is also taking the mickey in the process, with Meeting Dr. Sun being just his … Continue reading

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout The Ages

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout The Ages

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout The Ages US (1916) Dir. D.W Griffith One of the great things about being an artist is how it allows one to express themselves through their chosen medium, be it happiness, concern, disgust or retaliation. For the legendary D.W Griffith the latter was the motivation behind this epic fugue form film, … Continue reading

Nosferatu The Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht)

Nosferatu The Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht)

Nosferatu The Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht) Germany (1979) Dir. Werner Herzog Remakes have recently become the bane of film fans, not just due to the alarming rate at which they appear but the choice of classic or fondly remembered favourites being “rebooted” into inferior versions. To remake a revered classic is often considered borderline … Continue reading

Kung Fu Killer

Kung Fu Killer

Kung Fu Killer (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 100 minutes approx. Release Date – February 23rd With Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Sammo Hung all supposedly hanging up their martial arts boots, it has befallen to Donnie Yen to be the last big name bastion of the genre while we wait … Continue reading

Marnie

Marnie

Marnie US (1964) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Reuniting with Tippi Hedren after The Birds and recruiting Sean Connery fresh off the success of the first James Bond film Dr. No we find Hitchcock switching gears after his run of horror based film to present us with the this psychological drama, based on the 1961 novel of … Continue reading

El Niño

El Niño

El Niño Spain (2014) Dir. Daniel Monzón It’s been five long year since Daniel Monzón broke through on an international scale with the tense and fiery prison drama Cell 211, but he returns in a big way with this blockbuster crime thriller, that lacks the overall intensity of its predecessor but shows Hollywood doesn’t hold … Continue reading

Tsuritama

Tsuritama

Tsuritama (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 281 minutes approx. Release Date: March 2nd       In the great and wonderful milieu that is anime we’ve followed a number fantastic adventures in which the fate of the world is in the hands of an unlikely source – from dimension travelling demons to giant robots, … Continue reading

Compassion

Compassion

Compassion Korea (2014) Dir. Shin Sung-Sub Bullying, especially at school, seems to be a hot topic for Korean filmmakers of late with a number of films on this very topic appearing one after another. And it’s not a new subject either as 2013’s Pluto and 2011’s Bleak Night demonstrates. Adding his voice to this contentious … Continue reading

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey UK (1968) Dir. Stanley Kubrick When it comes to classic films one has never viewed before, the totem apparently is Star Wars (Episode IV for you pedants out there). However there is a sci-fi film that precedes – and indeed heavily influenced –  Star Wars which carries an even greater onus … Continue reading

The Liebster Award #2

The Liebster Award #2

Once again I am humbled to have been nominated for second time for The Liebster Award, a round robin way for bloggers to recognise fellow bloggers. For this second award I give my most sincere thanks to the beguiling enigma that is the Duchess of Prunes for the nomination, and I urge you all to … Continue reading