Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

Blue Spring (Aoi haru) Japan (2001) Dir. Toshiaki Toyoda School was hard, at least for me - bullied, unable to keep up with others - but if this film is any indication, and I hope it isn’t, I got off very lightly compared to the sheer horror on display here courtesy of a group of … Continue reading Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

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An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible)

An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) France (2018) Dir. Catherine Corsini They say you can’t help who you fall in love with (not that I would know) but there must come a point when the penny would drop and make such a splash upon impact that it is time to pull the plug on the … Continue reading An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible)

The Wandering Earth (Liú làng dì qiú)

The Wandering Earth (Liú làng dì qiú) China (2019) Dir. Frant Gwo A few months ago, I reviewed a Chinese sci-fi film Last Sunrise, about the impending end of a solar reliant world due to the sun going out. Unbeknownst to me, China had made another sci-fi flick about the end of the world thanks … Continue reading The Wandering Earth (Liú làng dì qiú)

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková) Czechoslovakia (1985) Dir. Jirí Menzel It’s fair to say that the humour of central European countries is rather esoteric and very much an acquired taste to the point of being mostly arcane for the rest of us. Topping that list must be Czechoslovakia aka Czech Republic, noted for … Continue reading My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

The Giants (Les géants)

The Giants (Les géants) Belgium (2011) Dir. Bouli Lanners When we were kids we all yearned for freedom from adults around us, allowing us to run amok and have adventures unfettered from disapproval and stringent rules. Yet without being able to return to our families or the oppression of adult rule to rebel against, this … Continue reading The Giants (Les géants)

Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)

Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal) Korea (2018) Dir. Choi Kook-Hee Bankers. There is a reason its rude rhyming alternative exists and it’s not limited to here in the UK either. In 1997, Korea was embroiled in a major financial scandal due to the actions of corrupt politicians that was seen a key contribution to Korea’s financial crash … Continue reading Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)

Kes

Kes UK (1969) Dir. Ken Loach Neo Realism is usually associated with Italian cinema and the works of Vittori De Sica et al, but that doesn’t mean other countries haven’t made a significant contribution to this simple but affecting milieu. There is something about working class Britain that lends itself to this subgenre of cinema … Continue reading Kes