Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4)

Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4) Hong Kong (2019) Dir. Wilson Yip Remember the horror film Final Destination which, despite the definitive adjective in the title, spawned four sequels, meaning we can’t trust cinema when it declares we have reached the end of a series. Is this the same for the Ip Man … Continue reading Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4)

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man UK (1980) Dir. David Lynch In this current climate of people desiring fame and attention for the vainest and shallow of reasons, we must not overlook those who achieve it through their misfortune as exploited by others. That this is more infamy than fame, there are few more notable the tragic case … Continue reading The Elephant Man

Man Of A Thousand Faces

Man Of A Thousand Faces  (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 122 minutes approx. Man Of A Thousand Faces might refer to any male politicians but flippancy aside, it is in fact a biopic of an overlooked legendary trailblazer of early 20th century cinema, make-up genius and quite possibly the first … Continue reading Man Of A Thousand Faces

Fighting With My Family

Fighting With My Family (Cert 12A) US/UK (2019) Dir. Stephen Merchant It’s tough being a knowledgeable fan of the subject of a biopic, as it requires the special skill to divorce oneself from being irked by the liberties taken with the story and the inaccuracy of the details and accept you are watching a dramatisation. … Continue reading Fighting With My Family

Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie (Cert 12) US/UK (2018) Dir. Jon S. Baird Hopefully, it shouldn’t need explaining that Stan and Ollie refers to comedy legends Laurel and Hardy, whose official pairing by producer Hal Roach in 1927 for a short film entitled Putting Pants On Philip began a 25 plus year career that made the entire … Continue reading Stan & Ollie

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt Germany (2012) Dir. Margarethe von Trotta “Trying to understand is not the same as forgiveness.” It’s difficult to put a point across successfully to people who can’t - or won’t - spend a moment to actually listen to what you are saying or understand the perspective you are coming from. The once celebrated … Continue reading Hannah Arendt

Redoubtable (Le Redoutable)

Redoubtable (Le Redoutable) France (2017) Dir. Michel Hazanavicius Jean-Luc Godard is revered as one of the founding fathers of the French New Wave of the 1960’s, someone whose maverick approach to filmmaking challenged the form, conventions, and language of cinema with films like Breathless. Hailed as a genius by critics, filmmakers and fans alike, if … Continue reading Redoubtable (Le Redoutable)

The Odyssey (L’odyssée)

The Odyssey (L'odyssée) France (2016) Dir. Jérôme Salle Jacques Cousteau is a name that many young people today might not be familiar with as much as us oldies are. The legendary oceanographer, diver, inventor, and proto eco-warrior was a global icon, famed for his groundbreaking films and TV documentaries that took us to the depths … Continue reading The Odyssey (L’odyssée)

Christine

Christine US (2016) Dir. Antonio Campos "In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in 'blood and guts', and in living colour, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide." Those were the last words spoken by WXLT-TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck before she placed a gun to her head and shot … Continue reading Christine

Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet

Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet Korea (2016) Dir. Lee Joon-Ik Having kept quiet about the Japanese occupation of their country for over 70 years Korean filmmakers are no longer staying silent, having mined this dark period of their history as inspiration for a number of recent titles, including The Silenced, Spirits’ Homecoming and The … Continue reading Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet