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 Nosferatu The Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht)

Kung Fu Killer

Kung Fu Killer (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 100 minutes approx. 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 for the next generation to … Continue reading Kung Fu Killer

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 Marnie

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 El Niño

Tsuritama

Tsuritama (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 281 minutes approx. 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, magical schoolgirls to killer notebooks, … Continue reading Tsuritama

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 Compassion

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 2001: A Space Odyssey