A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong)

A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong) Korea (2014) Dir. Lee Kwang-Kuk “I had a strange but lovely time” Whilst I didn’t fully get what was going on this elliptical tale of dreams, their meanings and how they can influence our lives the above line spoken within is a somewhat accurate way of summing up my … Continue reading A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong)

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Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijuu Wakusei)

Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijuu Wakusei) Japan (2017) Dirs. Hiroyuki Seshita & Kobun Shizuno The Japanese version of the King Of Monsters is back already following his most recent big screen excursion Shin Godzilla but this time it is in animation form as part of a new trilogy of films, distributed via Netflix … Continue reading Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijuu Wakusei)

Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie)

Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie) China (2003) Dir. Lou Ye To arthouse or not to arthouse, that is the question. Revenge dramas are hardly known for their compatibility with poetic cinema, and while directors don’t have to stick rigidly to established templates, given the usual intricacy of the plots, it helps if your audience has half … Continue reading Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie)

Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû)

Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû) Japan (1970) Dir. Ishiro Honda Where is Sir David Attenborough when you need him? He’d be a much greater help to the protagonists of this later entry from the classic era of Kaiju movies from Japan than the so-called expert assigned to the role here. What … Continue reading Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû)

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette) Switzerland/France (2016) Dir. Claude Barras Aside from the surreal French/Belgian A Town Called Panic and some segments in The ABCs Of Death horror anthologies, I can’t recall seeing a stop-motion animation film that covers adult issues in such an unapologetically frank manner. This doesn’t exclude younger … Continue reading My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde US (1920) Dir. John S. Robertson There have been many, many adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic 1886 novella The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, spanning all forms of entertainment. Despite the vintage of this celebrated effort, it wasn’t the first - or even the only one … Continue reading Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

The Levelling

The Levelling UK (2016) Dir. Hope Dickson Leach Families are supposed to be the ones we can count on in our lives and be the ones we can talk to when things are tough. But what happens when they are the ones who shut you out and are no longer communicating? That is probably the … Continue reading The Levelling