Ishmael’s Ghosts

Ishmael’s Ghosts (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray/DVD / 2 Discs Ltd Ed. Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: Theatrical Cut - 113 minutes approx / Director’s Cut - 134 minutes approx. NB: This review is based on the Director’s Cut No giant white whales for this particular Ishmael to tackle but maybe the events of … Continue reading Ishmael’s Ghosts

3 Hearts (3 coeurs)

3 Hearts (3 coeurs) France (2014) Dir. Benoît Jacquot “Sisters, sisters / There were never such devoted sisters” So wrote legendary songwriter Irving Berlin in 1954 and while this sentiment has stood the test of time, it also provides us with the central conceit of this French romantic melodrama. Ironically, whilst it doesn’t star real … Continue reading 3 Hearts (3 coeurs)

Samba

Samba France (2014) Dirs. Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano Immigration is a tricky subject to make a rom-com out of and the directors of the international crowd pleaser Untouchable don’t exactly deliver much of one, but they do present a thoughtful and conscientious yarn about finding love when the political system is against you. Senegalese … Continue reading Samba

Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II

Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II Denmark (2013) Dir. Lars von Trier After upsetting everyone with Anti-Christ and baffling us with Melancholia, to complete his Depression Trilogy, Danish provocateur and enfant terrible Lars von Trier announced he would make a porn film. Despite what you may have heard, Nymphomaniac is more than a porn film. Yes, … Continue reading Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II

Golden Door (Nuovomondo)

Golden Door (Nuovomondo) Italy (2006) Dir. Emanuele Crialese At the turn of the 20th century Sicilian Salvatore Mancuso (Vincenzo Amato) decides that his family should no longer suffer the poverty of their bucolic mountain home and yearns for the more prosperous climes of America. After selling off their livestock to buy smart clothes and other … Continue reading Golden Door (Nuovomondo)

The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden UK (1993) Dir. Andrew Birkin During the renovation of a post war prefab house, the strict father of a middle class family (Hanns Zischler) dies of a heart attack. When his wife (Sinéad Cusack) is struck down by a mysterious illness, she opens a bank account so their four children – 17 … Continue reading The Cement Garden