11.6

11.6 France (2013) Dir. Philippe Godeau A curious title that is not quite as enigmatic as it might seem. It refers to the sum of money a French security guard stole from the van he was driving, without the use of firearms or anyone else’s help in 2009 - 11.6 million Euros to be precise. … Continue reading 11.6

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The Fortress (Namhansanseong)

The Fortress (Namhansanseong) Korea (2017) Dir. Hwang Dong-hyuk   Politicians hide themselves away They only started the war Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler might have written these incisive lyrics in 1970 for the classic track War Pigs but as this impressively … Continue reading The Fortress (Namhansanseong)

The Monkey King 3 (Xi you ji zhi nü er guo)

The Monkey King 3 (Xi you ji zhi nü er guo) China/Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Cheang Pou-soi No doubt the bean counters at Filmko Entertainment were giddy with excitement when the first Monkey King film in 2014 became such a huge box office hit and were doubly orgasmic when its 2016 sequel yielded even bigger … Continue reading The Monkey King 3 (Xi you ji zhi nü er guo)

A Thousand And One Nights (Sen’ya ichiya monogatari)

A Thousand And One Nights (Sen'ya ichiya monogatari) Japan (1969) Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto Recently reviewed on this site was Cleopatra, the racy, experimental animation from manga legend Osamu Tezuka’s studio Mushi Productions’ Animerama series. A year earlier, A Thousand and One Nights was the first film in this series and the first X-rated animated film … Continue reading A Thousand And One Nights (Sen’ya ichiya monogatari)

The School Of Life (L’école buissonnière)

The School Of Life (L'école buissonnière) France (2017) Dir. Nicolas Vanier What exactly is freedom? This might not seem like a primary concern in this charming French drama given the conventional main storyline and clarion call to preserve the wonders of nature, but The School Of Life does tacitly ponder such existentialist queries. As someone … Continue reading The School Of Life (L’école buissonnière)

Searing Summer (Tabestan-e Dagh)

Searing Summer (Tabestan-e Dagh) Iran (2017) Dir. Ebrahim Irajzad Being a parent is not an easy job. You have to do everything you can to protect your children which means making decisions that affect them as well as you and sometimes they may not always be the right one. This debut film from Iran looks … Continue reading Searing Summer (Tabestan-e Dagh)

Koto: Twin Sisters Of Kyoto

Koto: Twin Sisters Of Kyoto Japan (1963) Dir. Noboru Nakamura Traditionally when a tale features twins separated at birth then meeting after being unaware of the other’s existence, one turns out to be evil or becomes jealous from growing up in poorer circumstances. Since this is 1960’s Japan, we instead get one of the politest … Continue reading Koto: Twin Sisters Of Kyoto