Innocent Witness (Jeungin)

Innocent Witness (Jeungin) Korea (2019) Dir. Lee Han “If only she weren’t Autistic” A line actually spoken in a film apparently designed to help broaden our understanding and knowledge of Autism. Thankfully, this is repudiated by the mother of the autistic girl in question, proclaiming she had never once thought that herself, otherwise it wouldn’t … Continue reading Innocent Witness (Jeungin)

Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada)

Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada) Korea (2018) Dir. Zhang Lu As I recall, there is no serenading of any geese in this film from Chinese-Korean novelist turned director Zhang Lu but there is plenty of pathos behind this sprawling tale of identity, the pain of fitting in, and navigating the many problems life … Continue reading Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada)

Keys To The Heart (Geugeotmani Nae Sesang)

Keys To The Heart (Geugeotmani Nae Sesang) Korea (2018) Dir. Choi Sung-Hyun  Families. We all need them even if we think we don’t. Some of us are lucky to have one, other aren’t, while some people seem to go out of their way to wreck theirs because the lines of communication are seldom open. It … Continue reading Keys To The Heart (Geugeotmani Nae Sesang)

Tomorrow Is Another Day

Tomorrow Is Another Day Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Chan Tai Lee Being on the Autism spectrum I am naturally interested in films dealing with Autism, partly out of curiosity as to how they handle it, and partly out of cynicism for the same reason. This time, we head to Hong Kong and a film from … Continue reading Tomorrow Is Another Day

The Drummer And The Keeper

The Drummer And The Keeper Ireland (2017) Dir. Nick Kelly As someone diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome a few years ago I have become very curious about films and TV dealing with people on the Autism Spectrum, as it is actually a difficult condition to portray correctly not to mention saying credible and authentic. This effort … Continue reading The Drummer And The Keeper

Her Name Is Sabine (Elle s’appelle Sabine)

Her Name Is Sabine (Elle s'appelle Sabine) France (2008) Dir. Sandrine Bonnaire Fictional films designed to hold a mirror up to society are often hard to watch because what they are depicting is rooted in a reality we refuse to acknowledge. Documentaries can be hard to watch because they ARE showing that reality. Where fictionalised … Continue reading Her Name Is Sabine (Elle s’appelle Sabine)

Stations Of The Cross (Kreuzweg)

Stations Of The Cross (Kreuzweg) Germany (2014) Dir. Dietrich Brüggemann Religion is a tricky subject for any filmmaker to tackle, regardless of their views or intentions behind it, with readymade opposition waiting to jump on it for the slightest reason. As an atheist it is also hard to watch such a film with some objectivity … Continue reading Stations Of The Cross (Kreuzweg)

The Liebster Award #2

Once again I am humbled to have been nominated for second time for The Liebster Award, a round robin way for bloggers to recognise fellow bloggers. For this second award I give my most sincere thanks to the beguiling enigma that is the Duchess of Prunes for the nomination, and I urge you all to … Continue reading The Liebster Award #2

When I Saw You (Lamma shoftak)

When I Saw You (Lamma shoftak) Palestine (2012) Dir. Annemarie Jacir Palestine has been in the news recently due to a horrendous and needless situation that has seen many innocent lives lost. Unfortunately this is not a new experience for the Palestinians and one would imagine that there could possibly be any tales of an … Continue reading When I Saw You (Lamma shoftak)

The ABC Award

I am once again humbled and honoured to receive a nomination for the ABC – Awesome Blog Content award from fellow anime fan and blogger Medieval Otaku. Please visit his site for a different take on anime and its many connotations and influences that may not be so obvious to you. As ever these awards … Continue reading The ABC Award