The Truth Beneath (Bi-mil-eun eobs-da)

  The Truth Beneath (Bi-mil-eun eobs-da) Korea (2016) Dir. Lee Kyoung-Mi The popular aphorism “we hurt the ones that love us the most” is the fundamental message behind the long awaited second film from Park Chan-Wook progeny Lee Kyoung-Mi, arriving a mere eight years after her debut Crush & Blush. Elections for a seat in … Continue reading The Truth Beneath (Bi-mil-eun eobs-da)

Get Out

Get Out US (2017) Dir. Jordan Peele America is a funny place. It calls itself the “Land of the Free” yet racial discrimination is still a huge problem over there. Perhaps ironically, or maybe just a sign of the times, it befalls to a black director to satirise this through the medium of film rather … Continue reading Get Out

Take Me For A Ride (UIO: Sácame a Pasear)

Take Me For A Ride (UIO: Sácame a Pasear) Ecuador (2016) Dir. Micaela Rueda Another country can be marked off the list of MIB’s World Tour Of Cinema with Ecuador making its first appearance via this LGBT entry from debutant writer-director Micaela Rueda. It might not break any new ground but it reaffirms that gay … Continue reading Take Me For A Ride (UIO: Sácame a Pasear)

Spotlight On A Murderer (Pleins feux sur l’assassin)

Spotlight On A Murderer (Pleins feux sur l'assassin) France (1961) Dir. Georges Franju Families. You can’t choose them so they say but most of us would be lost without them. But what is it about money that can drive a huge wedge between the tightest of clans, especially if that money comes in the form … Continue reading Spotlight On A Murderer (Pleins feux sur l’assassin)

The Eye Of Silence

The Eye Of Silence France /China (2016) Dir. Emmanuel Sapolsky A popular phrase that has arisen over the past decade or see is “can’t unsee”, usually referring to our having espied something we’d rather not, like our parents in flagrante or the latest Transformers film. For the protagonist of this theatrical debut from French TV … Continue reading The Eye Of Silence

The Cocoanuts

The Cocoanuts US (1929) Dirs. Robert Florey & Joseph Santley I’ve been a Marx Brothers fan since I was a sprog yet this, their first film, is the one I have seen the least, since it was rarely included in any video/DVD collections of the brothers’ films. Thanks to Arrow’s new Blu-ray box set of … Continue reading The Cocoanuts


Samba France (2014) Dirs. Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano Immigration is a tricky subject to make a rom-com out of and the directors of the international crowd pleaser Untouchable don’t exactly deliver much of one, but they do present a thoughtful and conscientious yarn about finding love when the political system is against you. Senegalese … Continue reading Samba