Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao)

Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao) China (2014) Dir. Lu Yang It might surprise you to learn that despite the enticing title throwing up suggestions of swords and bloodshed, this film is actually about gardeners - the titular blades being those made of grass. You’re not buying it are you? Of course this is wu … Continue reading Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao)

The Hairdresser’s Husband (Le mari de la coiffeuse)

The Hairdresser's Husband (Le mari de la coiffeuse) France (1990) Dir. Patrice Leconte We all have our own little passions or obsessions - some are fairly universal like music, films, food, etc. while others are little more esoteric or downright weird in the eyes of others. I think it is fair to say that the … Continue reading The Hairdresser’s Husband (Le mari de la coiffeuse)

Julieta

Julieta Spain (2016) Dir. Pedro Almodóvar It would appear that everyone’s favourite Spanish auteur and celebrator of women has reached such iconic status that he afford to open his films with the credit “A film by Almodóvar” - no first name! Then again, he’s earned it, whether this was an act of ego or simple … Continue reading Julieta

The Salesman (Forushande)

The Salesman (Forushande) Iran (2016) Dir. Asghar Farhadi For the better part of this millennium, Asghar Farhadi has been the most prominent figure in Iranian cinema on the international stage, with two Oscars and numerous other awards to his credit. Subtly holding a mirror up to modern Iranian society The Salesman sees Farhadi in a … Continue reading The Salesman (Forushande)

Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku)

Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku) Japan (2016) Dir. Norihiro Koizumi This second part of this live action trilogy adaptation of Yuki Suetsugu’s manga and the very popular anime TV series wastes no time in getting right back into the story, so newcomers will find themselves at a huge disadvantage. Or they could check … Continue reading Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku)

The Enemy (Neprijatelj)

The Enemy (Neprijatelj) Serbia (2011) Dir. Dejan Zecevic In 1996 a song called One Of Us by Joan Osbourne asked “What if God was one of us?” Flipping that idea on its head a little, Serbian director Dejan Zecevic wonders if we’d know if Satan himself was in our presence. And what better setting to … Continue reading The Enemy (Neprijatelj)

The Informer

The Informer UK (1929) Dir. Arthur Robison I can assure you that the timing of my watching of this classic silent film adaptation of Liam O'Flaherty’s celebrated 1925 crime novel is purely coincidental given the subject in relation to the political furore that has arisen in the fall out of last night’s (at time of … Continue reading The Informer