Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation) France (2017) Dir. Anne Fontaine It’s tough being yourself in a world unforgiving and prejudiced against certain groups or lifestyles that you may fit in with that don’t adhere to convention. But, what if you were given an opportunity to hide that side of you away or maybe … Continue reading Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

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Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan)

Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan) India (2016) Dir. Shubhashish Bhutiani Death is usually seen as a solemn and mournful occasion, something to dread and, let’s be frank, avoid at all costs. But it is inevitable so when our time comes we just have to succumb to it and move on - so to speak. In the … Continue reading Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan)

Rainbow Song (Niji no megami)

Rainbow Song (Niji no megami) Japan (2006) Dir. Naoto Kumazawa Being autistic means I don’t understand this thing called “Love”. I genuinely don’t know if it actually exists but others do, especially in the arts. Many romantic dramas chart the ups and downs of being in love and Rainbow Song is no different, but it … Continue reading Rainbow Song (Niji no megami)

Jeune Femme (aka Montparnasse Bienvenue)

Jeune Femme (aka Montparnasse Bienvenue) France (2017) Dir. Léonor Sérraille “You know it ain’t easy when you don’t know what you want”. Swedish rock group Europe sang that line in their song Rock The Night in 1986 yet this could easily apply to the lead character in the debut feature from Léonor Sérraille, since lacking … Continue reading Jeune Femme (aka Montparnasse Bienvenue)

Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli)

Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) Norway (2018) Dir. Erik Poppe Single take films must be the most challenging to make for a director, the cast and the poor cameraman (whilst giving the editor an easy ride), but in the right hands, can produce some exhilarating cinema, like the recent Japanese hit One Cut Of … Continue reading Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli)

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel (Cert 12A) US (2019) Dirs. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck I’m showing my age here but until the announcement of this film, Captain Marvel to me was a male superhero in a red and white outfit and lightning bolt on his chest, the alter ego of schoolboy Billy Batson, transforming upon saying “Shazam!”. … Continue reading Captain Marvel

Good Morning (Ohayou)

Good Morning (Ohayou) Japan (1959) Dir. Yasujiro Ozu Times moved rather quickly in the 20th century; at least here in the west, while Japan still clung on to their own culture, content not to succumb to western influences that first arrived the late 19th century. But when they eventually took hold in the post-World War … Continue reading Good Morning (Ohayou)