Parasite (Gisaengchung)

Parasite (Gisaengchung) Korea (2019) Dir. Bong Joon-ho The “haves” and the “have-nots” - a dichotomy that will persist as long as the concept of society continues to exist. Ne’er the twain shall meet if it can be avoided, but money buys servitude, making the poor puppets of the rich. Eventually though, something will have to … Continue reading Parasite (Gisaengchung)

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Shikoku

Shikoku Japan (1999) Dir. Shunichi Nagasaki The problem with success is that whilst it brings recognition and fortune it can also result in unintentional notoriety. For example, the 1998 Japanese horror Ringu kick-started the J-Horror boom, but within this boom came the many imitators, lifting wholesale from Ringu’s quiet atmospheric style and vengeful long haired … Continue reading Shikoku

The Third Wife

The Third Wife Vietnam (2018) Dir. Ash Mayfair For many young women getting married is - or was - a dream, largely for the pomp and ceremony of the wedding process, not to mention be the sole spectacle in their luscious white bridal gown. In other cultures however, marriage is a choice from the hands … Continue reading The Third Wife

Silent Fear (De Reünie)

Silent Fear (De Reünie) Netherlands (2015) Dir. Menno Meyjes Should the past stay in the past? You might have some unfinished business that was left shrouded in mystery but maybe there is a reason it ended the way it did. Closure often helps in the long run but some things really need to be left … Continue reading Silent Fear (De Reünie)

The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie

The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie Australia (1972) Dir. Bruce Beresford Strewth! If you Pommies thought Aussie cinema was all Crocodile Dundee then you’re all a bunch of raw prawns! Fair shake of the pineapple, they’ve been putting out fair dinkum films for a while, but nobody saw them - until a true Aussie statesman and … Continue reading The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie

The Quake (Skjelvet)

The Quake (Skjelvet) Norway (2018) Dir. John Andreas Andersen Natural disasters - God’s way of telling us we’ve messed up the planet with architectural, technology advancements, indulgences, and start again. Or for filmmakers, the perfect opportunity to destroy famous landmarks, properties and locations in the name of entertainment. It has been three years since the … Continue reading The Quake (Skjelvet)

Capernaum (Capharnaüm)

Capernaum (Capharnaüm) Lebanon (2018) Dir. Nadine Labaki Poverty is a major global issue and whilst it is shocking in developed countries like ours, we are probably blasé about its existence in war torn countries. For her latest film, Nadine Labaki takes us to Lebanon for this brutally raw tale of life on the breadline. Capernaum … Continue reading Capernaum (Capharnaüm)