The Wind

The Wind US (1928) Dir. Victor Seastrom (Sjöström) Naive Virginian girl Letty Mason (Lillian Gish) has packed up her things and is moving to the western prairies to live with her cousin Beverly (Edward Earle), his wife Cora (Dorothy Cumming) and their three kids. Her new home is prone to exceptionally dangerous wind storms and … Continue reading The Wind

Das Boot – Director’s Cut (The Boat)

Das Boot - Director’s Cut (The Boat) Germany (1981) Dir. Wolfgang Petersen October 1941 and the German army is suffering huge losses on the Battle of the Atlantic against the British Navy. In its latest campaign, the U96 welcomes Lt. Werner (Herbert Grönemeyer) to the crew as war correspondent, recording the banalities, hardships and tragedies … Continue reading Das Boot – Director’s Cut (The Boat)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame US (1939) Dir. William Dieterle During the reign of King Louis XI (Harry Davenport) a band of gypsies arrive in Paris during the Feast of Fools, among which is the dancing girl Esmerelda (Maureen O'Hara), who catches the eye of both court judge Frollo (Cedric Hardwicke) and poor street poet … Continue reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Birds

The Birds US (1963) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Wealthy socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a bird shop in San Francisco, the latter wanting to buy a pair of lovebirds for his sister Cathy’s (Veronica Cartwright) eleventh birthday. Smitten, Melanie buys the birds and plans to surprise Mitch by delivering them … Continue reading The Birds

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier)

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier) Romania (2010) Dir. Florin Serban Two weeks before his release from prison, youth offender Silviu (George Piştereanu) receives a visit from his younger brother (Marian Bratu) with news that their estranged mother (Clara Voda) has returned from Italy after an absence of … Continue reading If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier)

Shiki – Part 2

Shiki – Part 2 (Episodes 13-22) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 270 minutes approx. Continuing straight on from the previous volume, the residents of the remote village of Sotoba have now accepted the fact that the recent spate of deaths was not an epidemic but attacks from okiagari or “the risen”, … Continue reading Shiki – Part 2

Nativity!

Nativity! UK (2009) Dir. Debbie Isitt Primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is appointed the task of helming the annual nativity by incumbent headmistress Mrs. Bevan (Pam Ferris). After being teased by Gordon Shakespeare (Jason Watkins), the music master at a private school school whose nativities are the stuff of legend, Paul falsely boasts … Continue reading Nativity!