Movie Review – The Cannibal Club

The Cannibal Club (Cert 18) 1 Discs DVD (Distributor: Matchbox Films) Running Time: 77 minutes approx. Release Date – January 25th People who do bad things eventually get their just desserts. Not that I want to make a meal out of it or over egg the pudding, but it is one of those nourishing facts … Continue reading Movie Review – The Cannibal Club

Bacurau

Bacurau (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: MUBI) Running Time: 131 minutes approx. “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 in their insane practices. There … Continue reading Bacurau

Through The Shadow (Através da Sombra)

Through The Shadow (Através da Sombra) Brazil (2015) Dir. Walter Lima Jr  Kids eh? Who’d have them? But as we have seen with the likes of Mary Poppins, a good, kind soul can get through to them and bring about the transformation from spoiled brats to ideal little cherubs. However, if it is likely the … Continue reading Through The Shadow (Através da Sombra)

Our Evil (Mal Nosso)

Our Evil (Mal Nosso) Brazil (2017) Dir. Samuel Galli Desperate times call for desperate measures, but in the case of the circumstances in this film, this particular aphorism is something of an understatement. A grisly, low-budget debut film from Brazil featuring first time actors, Our Evil is good old-fashioned tale of good vs. evil with … Continue reading Our Evil (Mal Nosso)

Aquarius

Aquarius (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 146 minutes approx. Former documentary maker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius isn’t too far removed from his incisive debut Neighbouring Sounds thematically yet manages to tell a different story all the same. The importance of family and community is again a central concern but the added … Continue reading Aquarius

Elite Squad 2 – The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora é Outro)

Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora é Outro) Brazil (2010) Dir. José Padilha Having broken box office records in its native Brazil and upset the establishment in the process, the success of Elite Squad beget the obvious sequel, which, as many sequels do, has a lot … Continue reading Elite Squad 2 – The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora é Outro)

Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite)

Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) Brazil (2007) Dir. José Padilha Making films isn’t easy, but Brazilian director José Padilha endured a whole litany of problems in getting this daring expose on police corruption into the cinemas. From lawsuits by the police and interference from Brazilian drug lords to demands for censorship and even DVD pirates … Continue reading Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite)

The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)

The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) Brazil (2015) Dir. Anna Muylaert Ah, the class system. Where would we be without it? Downtrodden people would have nothing to get angry about while the privileged would have no-one to look down upon. As divisive as this may be, one really depends on the other, so this … Continue reading The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)

Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor)

Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor) Brazil (2012) Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho In an affluent middle-classed neighbourhood in Recife the residents all live with their own daily foibles and personal crisis. Mother of two Bia (Maeve Jinkings) is constantly being kept awake by her neighbour’s dog and tries every trick in the book to silence … Continue reading Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor)

We 3 (Os 3)

We 3 (Os 3) Brazil (2011) Dir. Nando Olival Three students new to São Paulo, Cazé (Gabriel Godoy), Rafael (Victor Mendes) and Camila (Juliana Schalch), meet at a party and immediately bond, moving in together in an old office building rented by Cazé. Since they will be living in such close proximity for the next … Continue reading We 3 (Os 3)