The Square

The Square Sweden (2017) Dir. Ruben Östlund The world of modern art has always been ripe for satire and lampooning whilst the way people treat their fellow human beings is also a fecund subject, but there is little obvious overlap. That hasn’t stopped Swedish auteur Ruben Östlund from having a go but is The Square … Continue reading The Square


The Overcoat (Shinel)

The Overcoat (Shinel) Russia (1926) Dir. Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg Despite the huge acclaim Russian silent cinema has achieved here in the west, it was a different story on its native soil back in the day, when even such revered classics as Battleship Potemkin weren’t hits with neither the public nor critics. Western frivolity … Continue reading The Overcoat (Shinel)

I Am Not A Witch

I Am Not A Witch UK/France/Germany (2017) Dir. Rungano Nyoni Admit it ladies, you’ve all had to make this declaration to repudiate the accusation from the men in your life during a heated argument, but at least it would be forgotten after you’ve lamped him with a frying pan. Spare a thought then for the … Continue reading I Am Not A Witch

The Death Of Stalin

The Death Of Stalin UK (2017) Dir. Armando Iannucci Satire is a hard thing to get right and make accessible for people who may not realise they are watching a cynical lampooning of a serious subject. Armando Iannucci has been doing it long enough now, with a slew of classic titles to his credit - … Continue reading The Death Of Stalin

Irma Vep

Irma Vep (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. Release Date – May 7th Among the pantheon of instances of life imitating art and art imitating life, this 1996 film from French director Olivier Assayas is possibly the most meta of them all, for the central plot is rumoured … Continue reading Irma Vep

Robbery (Lou Lap)

Robbery (Lou Lap) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Fire Lee I might have said this before but it bears repeating - Hong Kong comedies are strange beasts which don’t always translate well outside of Asia (unless you are Jackie Chan or Stephen Chow). One film unlikely to buck this trend is surreal black comedy Robbery. Lau … Continue reading Robbery (Lou Lap)

Love And Other Cults

Love And Other Cults (Cert 18) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray combo (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. Release Date – March 26th Loosely based on the true story of an unnamed AV actress, Love And Other Cults could cheekily be summarised as Sion Sono’s Love Exposure condensed from 4 hours to 96 minutes. … Continue reading Love And Other Cults