Fighting With My Family

Fighting With My Family (Cert 12A) US/UK (2019) Dir. Stephen Merchant It’s tough being a knowledgeable fan of the subject of a biopic, as it requires the special skill to divorce oneself from being irked by the liberties taken with the story and the inaccuracy of the details and accept you are watching a dramatisation. … Continue reading Fighting With My Family

Love Life (Komt een vrouw bij de dokter)

Love Life (Komt een vrouw bij de dokter) Netherlands (2009) Dir. Reinout Oerlemans Cancer. A six-letter word that can strike fear into the hearts of the sturdiest of people. Some can beat it, others are not so lucky. Either way, it is a real test of resolve and fortitude for everyone affected, not just the … Continue reading Love Life (Komt een vrouw bij de dokter)

Scum’s Wish Collection

Scum’s Wish Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 293 minutes approx. Love or lust - there a difference? Ordinarily the answer would be “yes” be we humans are curious beast and often tend to get things like this easily mixed up. At what point, do we find ourselves not knowing what … Continue reading Scum’s Wish Collection

Happiness (Hang wan si ngo)

Happiness (Hang wan si ngo) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Andy Lo You can never predict where friendships will develop but that is one of the joys of life. It has long been demonstrable that age, gender, and social status have little effect on people getting along - it is the result these bonds produce that … Continue reading Happiness (Hang wan si ngo)

Radiance (Hikari)

Radiance (Hikari) Japan (2017) Dir. Naomi Kawase Is it possible to have a connection with something you can’t see? Sure, that might describe religion in a nutshell but I’m referring to something we know is actually there but we are unable to see it through impairment. Similarly, there is a tacit psychological application to this, … Continue reading Radiance (Hikari)

In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts) Germany (2017) Dir. Fatih Akin The law exists for a reason but sometimes it is its own worst enemy when its rules are adhered to and fail to ensure justice is served. When the victims of a crime continue to suffer as the culprits walk away scot free, the … Continue reading In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

Cold War (Zimna wojna)

Cold War (Zimna wojna) Poland (2018) Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski Shakespeare famously wrote “If music be the food of love, play on" (from Twelfth Night, just in case you ever wondered) but there are times where the lyrics and melody just don’t gel as they should, or maybe the band should stop playing altogether. In 1947, … Continue reading Cold War (Zimna wojna)

The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo)

The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion (Manyeo) Korea (2018) Dir. Park Hoon-Jung Growing up is hard at the best of times, especially when we hit our teens and begin to develop our identities that will take us into adulthood. Now imagine that you discover one day that your life has been a lie - … Continue reading The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo)

Hortensia

Hortensia Argentina (2015) Dirs. Diego Lublinsky & Álvaro Urtizberea Some people can drift aimlessly through yet still manage to get on, others struggle at every turn. Some of us are always searching for that elusive thing we hope will make us happy, fulfilled or, more commonly, rich. Having a set plan usually helps yet it … Continue reading Hortensia

Rendel – Dark Vengeance

Rendel - Dark Vengeance (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Universal Pictures/4Digital Media) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. Breaking news - Hollywood no longer has the monopoly on films involving masked crime fighters as Finland has thrown its hat into the ring with this dark and violent creation. In the fictional city of Mikkeli stands … Continue reading Rendel – Dark Vengeance