Raw France/Belgium (2016) Dir. Julia Ducournau Having already been familiar with the synopsis of this French/Belgian film and going by the first 20 minutes or so, my initial summation was “Like Animal House with the emphasis on Animal”. Little did I know that I would regret such premature flippancy. Teenage vegetarian and aspiring vet Justine … Continue reading Raw

High Noon

High Noon US (1952) Dir. Fred Zinnemann I must open with the confession that I am not a big fan of westerns. Never have been really but when High Noon, considered by many to be the definitive western, appeared on TV the other day I finally relented and crossed this seminal opus from my “to … Continue reading High Noon

Ku! Kin-dza-dza

Ku! Kin-dza-dza Russia (2013) Dirs. Georgiy Daneliya, Tatiana Ilyina In modern day Russia, noted cellist Vladimir Nikolayevich Chizhov and his great-nephew, wannabe DJ Tolik are approached on the street one cold wintry night by a strange man wearing a tatty dressing gown and a crown of flowers on his head. The man is holding a … Continue reading Ku! Kin-dza-dza

The Wall (Die Wand)

The Wall (Die Wand) Germany (2012) Dir. Julian Pölsler A woman in her early forties (Martina Gedeck) goes on a trip to the Austrian alps with two friends Hugo (Karlheinz Hackl) and Luise (Ulrike Beimpold) and they loyal dog Lynx. When Luise and Hugo take a trip to a local pub, the woman stays behind … Continue reading The Wall (Die Wand)

Hors Satan (Outside Satan)

  Hors Satan (Outside Satan) France (2011) Dir. Bruno Dumont In the Côte d'Opale region of Southern France a lone drifter (David Dewaele) comes across a young girl (Alexandra Lematre) who is silently drawn to him and joins him in his taciturn but event filled meditations. Bruno Dumont clearly has a lot to get off … Continue reading Hors Satan (Outside Satan)