Demon Hunter – The Resurrection

Demon Hunter – The Resurrection (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Cine-Asia) Running time: 131 minutes approx. Five hundred years after her interment in ice, immortal fox demon Xiaowei (Zhou Xun) is freed by a bird demon Qu’er (Mini Yang). Tiring of needing to feed on human hearts to survive, Xiaowei believes that becoming a human … Continue reading Demon Hunter – The Resurrection

Skyfall

  Skyfall UK (2012) Dir. Sam Mendes Admittedly I’m behind many other reviewers when it comes to voicing my opinion on this box office juggernaut ($600 million taken worldwide and counting) but better late than never I say. Everyone’s favourite British spy agent 007 James Bond returns for his twenty third big screen outing which … Continue reading Skyfall

Tomboy

Tomboy France (2011) Dir. Céline Sciamma A family of four moves into a new home – a husband (Mathieu Demy), a heavily pregnant wife (Sophie Cattani) and two daughters, six year-old Jeanne (Malonn Lévana) and ten year-old Laure (Zoé Héran). With her propensity for all things boyish and matching appearance, Laure introduces herself to the … Continue reading Tomboy

The Silent War (Ting feng zhe)

  The Silent War (Ting feng zhe) Hong Kong/China (2012) Dirs. Alan Mak & Felix Chong In the 1950’s, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a secret group code named 701 Bureau to intercept, decipher and relay any secret coded messages being sent from the Twaine based opposition group KMT. When 120 radio channels suddenly … Continue reading The Silent War (Ting feng zhe)

Runway

Runway Bangladesh (2012) Dir. Tareque Masud Ruhul (Fazlul Haque) is a young man who lives with his family live by meagre means in an impoverished rural region next to an international airport runway. One day at his uncle’s internet café, Ruhul meets Arif (Ali Ahsan) who introduces him to some friends and the promise of … Continue reading Runway

Nameless Gangster (Bumchoiwaui junjaeng)

  Nameless Gangster (Bumchoiwaui junjaeng) Korea (2012) Dir. Yun Jong-bin  In 1990 the South Korean president Roh Tae-woo declared war on organised crime. One of the first to be arrested is Busan businessman Choi Ik-hyun (Choi Min-shik) for embezzling billions of won from hotel construction. The film then jumps back to 1982 to recount how … Continue reading Nameless Gangster (Bumchoiwaui junjaeng)

Respiro

  Respiro Italy (2002) Dir. Emanuele Crialese On the isolated Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, South West Sicily, Grazia (Valeria Golino) is a wife and mother to three children who suffers from apparent bi-polar episodes. The rest of the tight knit community also frown upon her free spirited attitude which clashes with their traditional values. Coupled … Continue reading Respiro

Man With A Movie Camera (Chelovek s kino-apparatom)

  Man With A Movie Camera (Chelovek s kino-apparatom) Russia (1929) Dir. Dziga Vertov There is no plot to this experimental and highly regarded documentary which just this year was ranked at No 9 in Sight & Sounds’ decennial Greatest Movie poll. It has a concept in that Vertov was detailing a day in the … Continue reading Man With A Movie Camera (Chelovek s kino-apparatom)

North Sea Texas (Noordzee, Texas)

  North Sea Texas (Noordzee, Texas) Belgium (2011) Dir. Bavo Defurne Set in the 1970’s Pim (Jelle Florizoone) lives with his mother Yvette (Eva Van der Gucht), an accordion player, on the Belgian coast, his father nowhere to be seen. From an early age Pim seems to be more in touch with his feminine side, … Continue reading North Sea Texas (Noordzee, Texas)

Isn’t Anyone Alive?

Isn’t Anyone Alive? (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 113 minutes approx. The main topic of conversation on a University hospital canvas is an urban myth about a US government experiment with toxic materials in an alleged third underground level of the hospital when news arrives of a train crash on … Continue reading Isn’t Anyone Alive?