Leto

Leto Russia (2018) Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll, unless you are living in Communist Russia in the 1980s in which case, it is a very long way to the top but only if the Party approves of your lyrics first. After all, it’s … Continue reading Leto

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse US (2019) Dir. Robert Eggers Loneliness can be a real killer, which is why “lighthouse keeper” is hardly at the top of any list of career choices, though these days they are probably computer operated. Back in the days of yore however, a human presence was a necessity and even then, it wasn’t … Continue reading The Lighthouse

Hiroshima

Hiroshima (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 105 minutes approx. The events of August 6th 1945 will live in infamy, so much so that even if you don’t recognise the date, just hearing the name Hiroshima is enough to understand. Many dramatisations followed in its wake, one in particular being the … Continue reading Hiroshima

Adua And Her Friends (Adua e le compagne)

Adua And Her Friends (Adua e le compagne) Italy (1960) Dir. Antonio Pietrangeli Can you really leave your past behind regardless of how hard you work to start anew? Should you be upfront about it or is this a rare case where honesty isn’t the best policy? And who gets to decide if your prior … Continue reading Adua And Her Friends (Adua e le compagne)

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three US (1961) Dir. Billy Wilder “Any world that can produce the Taj Mahal, William Shakespeare, and Stripe toothpaste can't be all bad.” You’d think that but there is always something to spoil the good things in life, and it is usually politics. The Cold War and the bifurcation of Germany in the … Continue reading One, Two, Three

Battling Butler

Battling Butler US (1926) Dir. Buster Keaton The things a guy will do to impress a girl. The great thing about cinema is the field is wide open to explore this to the enth degree and beyond, and better still, the innocence of simpler times make it even more fun. Privileged Alfred Butler (Buster Keaton) … Continue reading Battling Butler

Piccadilly

Piccadilly UK (1929) Dir. E.A Dupont Fame and fortune - is it really worth risking everything over? And why does the rise to the top always bring out the worst in people? It’s a story for the ages, one artists will never tire of telling, and people never tire of hearing. London nightclub Piccadilly, owned … Continue reading Piccadilly

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

Scandal (Shubun)

Scandal (Shubun) Japan (1950) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Celebrities have never had a great relationship with the press, for better or worse. The public rely on the media to inform them in an impartial manner and hold the corrupt and venal to account for their actions with some impunity from state censure. Unfortunately, the media appears … Continue reading Scandal (Shubun)

La Grande Illusion

La Grande Illusion France (1937) Dir. Jean Renoir Anti-war films usually impart their message by exploring the horrors of war, the fickle nature of man’s blind nationalism, and the effects it has on the loved ones left behind. Trust the French to take a different stance in their case against the futility of war. During … Continue reading La Grande Illusion