Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles)

Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) Argentina (2019) Dir. Sebastián Borensztein “What do you do when you realise that it’s not only one, but a whole army of arseholes that ruined your life?” This might be an emotionally driven rhetorical question from the distraught protagonist of this Argentinean comedy heist film but the subject … Continue reading Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles)

The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes)

The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes) France (1938) Dir. Marcel Carné You might like life but does life like you? Something we rarely think about is in fact an important question to ask ourselves, otherwise why do so many good people have such bad luck whilst the less pleasant get to enjoy continued … Continue reading The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes)

A Foreign Affair

A Foreign Affair US (1948) Dir. Billy Wilder They say all is fair in love and war, but never offer any advice for when the two happen to overlap. One could argue Shakespeare covered this with Romeo And Juliet but a spat between two families is not the same as global conflict. So, it’s over … Continue reading A Foreign Affair

After My Death (Joi manheun sonyeo)

After My Death (Joi manheun sonyeo) Korea (2017) Dir. Kim Ui-Seok Bullying and teen suicides seems to be a popular theme for Korean filmmakers over the last few years, implying this is becoming a handy “go to” topic to draw the punters in, or more worryingly, that this is still such a huge problem in … Continue reading After My Death (Joi manheun sonyeo)

Tokyo Fist

Tokyo Fist Japan (1995) Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto Boxing has often been referred to as the “noble art”, which raises questions about how punching someone in the face has any relation to nobility, aside from the Marquis of Queensberry devising the modern rules. Instead, it is a popular method of settling issues or long standing grudges … Continue reading Tokyo Fist

How To Build A Girl

How To Build A Girl (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: Amazon Prime Video) Running Time: 104 minutes approx. To get ahead in this world you have to learn to play “the game”. The rules might differ depending on the situation but rarely has anyone been able to walk into a competitive profession with smiles and hope … Continue reading How To Build A Girl

Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong)

Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong) Hong Kong (2020) Dirs. Kenji Tanigaki & Wong Jing With Jackie Chan supposedly swapping action for serious acting roles, which affects his comedic output since they rely heavily on slapstick fight scenes, who could replace him? A few years ago, the bookies’ favourite would have been Stephen … Continue reading Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong)

The Silent Duel (Shizukanaru kettô)

The Silent Duel (Shizukanaru kettô) Japan (1949) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Although many might not like to think it, we do tend to take our doctors and nurses for granted, entrusting our health, wellbeing, and lives to them and expect them to drop everything for us. But who looks after them when they are ill? And … Continue reading The Silent Duel (Shizukanaru kettô)

Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime)

Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime) Canada (2019) Dir. Xavier Dolan Friendships that last are really special, not that I would know. When people can remain close from childhood through to adulthood and beyond, it is a remarkable achievement. But, as we grow up and times change, there will always be something to put that … Continue reading Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime)

WWE – Backlash 2020

WWE – Backlash 2020 (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 181 minutes approx. As we arrive at the third WWE PPV of the Lockdown era, there has been a major change in how the show is presented, vis-à-vis the presence of an actual crowd! No, the fans haven’t been allowed back … Continue reading WWE – Backlash 2020