The Cormorants (I cormorani)

The Cormorants (I cormorani) Italy (2016) Dir. Fabio Bobbio Childhood summers, spent with friends hanging out, living life without a care. It sounds idyllic and for many might be the stuff of fiction like an Enid Blyton story rather than real life, but real life doesn’t always make for fun and engrossing cinema either. Two … Continue reading The Cormorants (I cormorani)

At The Height Of Summer (Mùa hè chieu thang dung)

At The Height Of Summer (Mùa hè chieu thang dung) Vietnam (2000) Dir. Trần Anh Hùng Should families communicate more or does being part of a tight knit clan not allow individuals to live their lives for themselves and maybe have the odd secret or two kept from their kin? During a blazing summer in … Continue reading At The Height Of Summer (Mùa hè chieu thang dung)

Ice Cream And The Sound Of Raindrops (Ice to Amaoto)

Ice Cream And The Sound Of Raindrops (Ice to Amaoto) Japan (2018) Dir. Daigo Matsui "We’re the cosmos made conscious!" Typical teenagers - they think their generation invented everything that is cool and their attitudes and opinions are the only correct ones. But the truly conscientious being denied a voice only fuels their sense of … Continue reading Ice Cream And The Sound Of Raindrops (Ice to Amaoto)

Beauty And The Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit)

Beauty And The Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) Tunisia (2017) Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania MIB’s cinematic world tour makes it first stop in Tunisia, revealing a country that has its own share of corruption issues within those looked upon to protect and serve the people. Kaouther Ben Hania’s harrowing tale of one young woman’s fight against … Continue reading Beauty And The Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit)

The Warrior

The Warrior UK (2001) Dir. Asif Kapadia All of us at one point in our lives have wanted to quit our jobs but how many are in the employ of someone who will have you killed if you upped and left? Maybe that person wasn’t the right one to take a job for in some … Continue reading The Warrior

The Orphanage (Parwareshghah)

The Orphanage (Parwareshghah) Denmark/Afghanistan (2019) Dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat For most of us, our teenage years were spent hating school, arguing with our parents, listening to music, becoming curious about the opposite gender, and looking ahead to becoming adults. In the Middle East, this would be a luxury for a large number of teens, whose lives … Continue reading The Orphanage (Parwareshghah)

The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)

The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) China (2019) Dir. Diao Yinan Disclaimer - No geese were harmed in the making of this film. In fact, I don’t think any actually appear in it which is just as well, as there are a lot of nasty people betraying each other and … Continue reading The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)

My Friend From The Park (Mi amiga del parque)

My Friend From The Park (Mi amiga del parque) Argentina (2015) Dir. Ana Katz “You never really know someone until…” is the opening of a litany of quotes, aphorisms, or in today’s world, internet memes. Yet, it is widely postulated that we may never really know someone at all despite living with them, marrying them, … Continue reading My Friend From The Park (Mi amiga del parque)

Ema

Ema (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: MUBI) Running Time: 107 minutes approx. Release Date – May 2nd Motherhood is never easy but then again, it is not something that can be prepared for, only advised about, and supported through. Mistakes will be made, some can be rectified, others will have consequences, unless there is a way … Continue reading Ema

Bacurau

Bacurau (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: MUBI) Running Time: 131 minutes approx. Release Date – April 27th “We’ve taken a powerful psychotropic drug and you are going to die” Edward and Tubbs from The League Of Gentlemen had their own way of dealing with people who weren’t local but at least they were subtle … Continue reading Bacurau