Foxtrot

Foxtrot Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland (2017) Dir. Samuel Maoz War is the cause of much hurt and not always visible either. The mental anguish suffered by those in the midst of battle or at home left to wonder how their loved ones are doing is immeasurable and can’t be calculated or normalised in any way. Everyone reacts differently … Continue reading Foxtrot

An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo)

An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) China (2018) Dir. Hu Bo The world is not a nice place at the moment, a sad but true fact which haunts us all on a daily basis. Many have their own ways of dealing with it - some face it head on with varying … Continue reading An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo)

Xolo

Xolo Italy (2017) Dir. Giuseppe Valentino What price freedom? Attributed to Irish orator John Philpot Curran from a 1790 speech, there is a lot to be explored in this particular axiom, something first time Italian writer-director Giuseppe Valentino has chosen as a theme for this swift but tidy indie debut. In the South of Italy, … Continue reading Xolo

Iceman: The Time Traveller (Bing feng: Yong heng zhi men)

Iceman: The Time Traveller (Bing feng: Yong heng zhi men) Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Raymond Yip You know the deal, a film is successful so a sequel is made and the success continues - at least that is how it is supposed to go. In the case of 2014’s Iceman, the film was a flop … Continue reading Iceman: The Time Traveller (Bing feng: Yong heng zhi men)

My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse)

My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse) France (2015) Dir. Arnaud Desplechin Memories are a huge part of our lives, good and bad, but is it really worth dragging them back up having moved on and left the past in the past? My Golden Days finds director Arnaud Desplechin in a Proust-inspired reflective mood … Continue reading My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse)

Hanasaku Iroha Part 1

Hanasaku Iroha Part 1 (Episodes 1-13) (Cert 12) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 309 minutes approx. Change is inevitable but as the old adage goes, one has to want to change for it to work. Some need it, some resist it, many fear it but is it really for the better? The truth … Continue reading Hanasaku Iroha Part 1

The Very Private Work Of Sister K

The Very Private Work Of Sister K US (2016) Dir. Johan Liedgren If you were going to have a discussion on sex vs. sexual pleasure surely, the last people you would involve in the discussion would be a panel of men of ecclesiastical leanings who have taken a vow of celibacy? Unfortunately, because a nun … Continue reading The Very Private Work Of Sister K

Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao)

Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao) China (1999) Dir. Zhang Yimou One of the biggest problems facing many schoolchildren in the world today is being too poor to afford many of the basics needed for their education, something which is shared by the schools themselves thanks to governments starving them of funding. … Continue reading Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao)

Frozen Land (Paha maa)

Frozen Land (Paha maa) Finland (2005) Dir. Aku Louhimies “From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow, large streams from little fountains flow” so the proverb goes. We may not realise it at the time but one simple act, be it of generosity, defiance, or vengeance can have a devastating and far-reaching ripple effect. Based loosely … Continue reading Frozen Land (Paha maa)

Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekkestu

Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 64 minutes approx. Just when I thought I was safe from the nonsensical and impenetrable world that is Nisio Isin’s Monogatari saga, a new film trilogy entitled Kizumonogatari is brought to UK shores by MVM! Regular readers of this site will know … Continue reading Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekkestu