Asphalt

Asphalt Germany (1929) Dir. Joe May The hugely influential and innovative “Expressionism” movement of German cinema is associated largely in horror and surrealist thrillers of the silent period, when images and not dialogue were relied upon to tell a story. The roots of the film noir template are also found in German Expressionism and while … Continue reading Asphalt

Trouble In Paradise

Trouble In Paradise US (1932) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch Of all the great German directors to make the pilgrimage from the Mother Land to Hollywood, Ernst Lubitsch was among the first, at the request of no less a patron of his work than Hollywood royalty Mary Pickford. After mixed success with comedies, dramas and musical, Lubitsch … Continue reading Trouble In Paradise

Fairy Tail Part 9

Fairy Tail Part 9 (Episodes 97-108) (Cert PG) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 293 minutes approx. You may not be aware of this but it has been a whopping six months since Fairy Tail Part 8 was released, an extraordinary gap between releases for a long running show such as this. This is … Continue reading Fairy Tail Part 9

Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo)

Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo) Japan (2013) Dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura While many Japanese directors of this millennium have stood out for their extreme and challenging content, Yoshihiro Nakamura has bucked that trend by carving out an exclusive niche in quirky comedies with elliptical tales that begin with apparent disparate skits that eventually converge at the … Continue reading Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo)

Leviathan (Leviafan)

Leviathan (Leviafan) Russia (2014) Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev Over the past decade Andrey Zvyagintsev has quietly stepped up to the forefront of the Russian film industry with his sombre but powerful human nature dramas, set largely around the family unit. His latest work Leviathan continues this trend but with the added difference of a broader central … Continue reading Leviathan (Leviafan)

Footsteps In The Fog

Footsteps In The Fog UK (1955) Dir. Arthur Lubin Having just buried his wife, wealthy Stephen Lowry (Stewart Granger) finds himself being blackmailed by his maid Lily Watkins (Jean Simmons) who discovered the fact Lowry poisoned his wife for her money. Completely besotted with her master, Lily at first asks to be made housekeeper then … Continue reading Footsteps In The Fog

L’Atalante

  L'Atalante France (1934) Dir. Jean Vigo After dipping my toes into the unique world of the tragic avant-garde French director Jean Vigo via his short films, it is time to dive in head first with his only feature length film, L’Atalante. Debuting just weeks before Vigo’s death aged 29 from TB, the film was … Continue reading L’Atalante

The Jean Vigo Short Film Collection

The Jean Vigo Short Film Collection France (1930-33) Dir. Jean Vigo A name that will have bypassed many except the hardened cinephiles, Jean Vigo was a prodigious talent whose short life - he died aged 29 in 1934 from tuberculosis - and even shorter filmography have proven to be hugely influential on New Wave filmmakers. … Continue reading The Jean Vigo Short Film Collection

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel US (1932) Dir. Edmund Goulding Of all the famous films I have only recently seen for the first time Grand Hotel serves as a double inaugural experience being the first time I’ve ever viewed the legendary Greta Garbo in action! But Garbo was not alone in this Oscar winning film, as producer Irving … Continue reading Grand Hotel

Michiko & Hatchin Collection Two

  Michiko & Hatchin Collection Two (Episodes 12-22) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 239 minutes approx.    It’s back to the sunny climes of South America for this second instalment of this comic adventure featuring the journey by escaped prisoner Michiko Malandro and her estranged ten year-old daughter Hana “Hatchin” Morenos, as they … Continue reading Michiko & Hatchin Collection Two