Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan)

Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan) Hong Kong (1967) Dir. King Hu There is a bitter irony in that one required criteria to be a ruler - along with misplaced megalomania - is balls. In the case of this classic film from celebrated Hong Kong director King Hu, the tyrannical governing presence happens to be a … Continue reading Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan)

Sons Of Denmark (Danmarks sønner)

Sons Of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) Denmark (2019) Dir. Ulaa Salim Radicalisation works both ways, but most people seem unaware of this, always assuming with some validity thanks to media influence - that it refers to those drawn towards Islam by extremists. In some cases, this is in response to the rise of racism fuelling their … Continue reading Sons Of Denmark (Danmarks sønner)

Your Next Life (La vida que te espera)

Your Next Life (La vida que te espera) Spain (2004) Dir. Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón The countryside is a curiosity to us urban folk due to the long held traditions that are arcane to us, and their own set of rules and mores which wouldn’t fly in the city. It is a culture clash that will … Continue reading Your Next Life (La vida que te espera)

Money

Money Korea (2019) Dir. Park Noo-Ri “Money, it's a crime / Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie” Sorry to be so predictable but is there any other way to open a review about a film with this title than to quote Pink Floyd? Plus it is rather apposite in lieu … Continue reading Money

Ninotchka

Ninotchka US (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch “Garbo Laughs!” Amazingly that tagline was seemingly enough to sell this film to audiences in 1939, just as “Garbo Talks!” worked nine year earlier with Anna Christie her first talkie. That didn’t stop the film being banned in the Soviet Union though, but that is understandable it was a … Continue reading Ninotchka

Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1 Part 2

Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1 Part 2 (Episodes 14-25)(Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/ Blu-ray - 4 Discs Ltd Ed. Combo Pack (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 286 minutes approx. We resume the story of orphaned schoolgirl Tohru Honda and her cursed housemates of the Soma family, a group of young men and boys possessed by … Continue reading Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1 Part 2

Maborosi (Maboroshi no hikari)

Maborosi (Maboroshi no hikari) Japan (1995) Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda Why? Always the key question in any situation and one that rarely yields a satisfactory answer. Without this vital piece of information, it is often difficult to move forward from a troubling or vexing scenario, leaving many with an ominous shadow of mystery hanging over their … Continue reading Maborosi (Maboroshi no hikari)

One Missed Call Trilogy

One Missed Call Trilogy (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 322 minutes approx. First, there was the killer video tape. Then the killer computer, and now the killer mobile phone! You have to hand it to the Japanese when they like an idea they milk it for all it is worth … Continue reading One Missed Call Trilogy

Facing The Wind (Con el viento)

Facing The Wind (Con el viento) Spain (2018) Dir. Meritxell Collel Aparicio We all have our own coping mechanisms. Others may not share or understand them but if it helps us get through a hard time and isn’t hurting either us or anybody else, then we should be left to our devices. But, this doesn’t … Continue reading Facing The Wind (Con el viento)