Widows

Widows US/UK (2018) Dir. Steve McQueen In following up his Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave, Brit director Steve McQueen takes the unusual route of resurrecting an 80’s British TV crime drama and giving it a modern - a very Hollywood - overhaul. A criminal gang led by Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) based in Chicago … Continue reading Widows

Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du)

Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Chang Cheh One deadly venom is enough so five would be a real handful. In this instance, however these venoms are not toxic liquids but skilled martial artists of ill repute who don’t want to be found, and the antidote to their lethal attacks is not … Continue reading Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du)

Revenge

Revenge France (2017) Dir. Coralie Fargeat The title says it all really. This is a film above vengeance just like many before it and is a rape-revenge thriller to boot. Just knowing that means we know what to expect from this film, right? In actual fact, the answer is “Not quite”. Revenge comes from a … Continue reading Revenge

His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday US (1940) Dir. Howard Hawks “Oh, they ain’t human!” “I know, they’re newspapermen!” Kids today would call that a “sick burn” although it does demonstrate how our perception of the media hasn’t really changed in almost 80 years. His Girl Friday is in fact a remake of a 1931 film The Front … Continue reading His Girl Friday

Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (Shiko funjatta)

Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (Shiko funjatta) Japan (1992) Dir. Masayuki Suo One look at the above poster tells us pretty much all we need to know about this film and it certainly lives up to those perceptions story wise. As accurate as is to say Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t is every zero-to-hero sports film you’ve … Continue reading Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (Shiko funjatta)

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)

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)

Veteran (Beterang)

Veteran (Beterang) Korea (2015) Dir. Ryoo Seung-Wan Who would want to be on the police force in Korea? Not only do you often end up beaten within an inch of your life on a regular basis but also your superiors try to thwart your every move while well-connected criminals are able to bribe and manipulate … Continue reading Veteran (Beterang)