Department Q – A Conspiracy Of Faith (Flaskepost fra P)

Department Q - A Conspiracy Of Faith (Flaskepost fra P) Denmark (2014) Dir. Hans Petter Moland Bringing the Department Q trilogy to a close is perhaps the darkest of the three films, which may sound like a tall order considering how brutal the first two - Keeper Of Lost Causes and The Absent One - … Continue reading Department Q – A Conspiracy Of Faith (Flaskepost fra P)

Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star

Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star Japan (2014) Dir. Yu Irie Kids and their music dreams, a popular concept to explore in the arts, quite often a chance to either indulge in the tawdry excesses of chasing the rock’n’roll dream or to satirise the music industry in the process. This film is a … Continue reading Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star

Hamlet (Gamlet)

Hamlet (Gamlet) Russia (1964) Dir. Grigori Kozintsev You may not want to believe this but it wasn’t until I finished watching this film that I learned today (April 23rd) is in fact Shakespeare’s birthday (and death day too - oh the irony)! I genuinely chose to watch this film because it was on my HDD … Continue reading Hamlet (Gamlet)

Fall Of The Innocent aka Lidice

Fall Of The Innocent aka Lidice Czech Republic (2011) Dir. Petr Nikolaev The atrocities of World War II mean every country, especially in Europe, has a tragic story to tell, many of which have subsequently been made into a film. The complete evisceration of the village of Lidice is the Czech Republic’s entry into this … Continue reading Fall Of The Innocent aka Lidice

The Classified File (Geukbisusa)

The Classified File (Geukbisusa) Korea (2015) Dir. Kwak Kyung-taek Another film “based on true events”, this Korean kidnapping drama from Kwak Kyung-taek takes a slightly different route in setting out to redress the balance of credit and not focusing solely on the investigation. A bold move but one which becomes clearer in the final act. … Continue reading The Classified File (Geukbisusa)

Department Q – The Absent One (Fasandræberne)

Department Q - The Absent One (Fasandræberne) Denmark (2014) Dir. Mikkel Nørgaard This gruesome, sinuous slice of Nordic Noir is the second film in the Department Q series based on the novels of Jussi Adler-Olsen, following 2013’s Keeper Of Lost Causes. As is usually the case, the cast list gives fans a chance to play … Continue reading Department Q – The Absent One (Fasandræberne)

Blind Mountain (Mang shan)

Blind Mountain (Mang shan) China (2007) Dir. Li Yang “How can anything survive / When these little minds tear you in two..” So sung Gene Pitney in his 1961 hit Town Without Pity and while the central location of this stark and incendiary Chinese film is a mountain village and not a town, the above lament … Continue reading Blind Mountain (Mang shan)