Ninotchka

Ninotchka US (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch “Garbo Laughs!” Amazingly that tagline was seemingly enough to sell this film to audiences in 1939, just as “Garbo Talks!” worked nine year earlier with Anna Christie her first talkie. That didn’t stop the film being banned in the Soviet Union though, but that is understandable it was a … Continue reading Ninotchka

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo) Hong Kong (1973) Dir. King Hu You’ve heard of Genghis Khan and probably even Kublai Khan but less is known about Lee Khan, largely because he is a fictional creation of legendary wu xia director King Hu. Lee is however, cut from the same cloth … Continue reading The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

Manon

Manon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 106 minutes approx. Release Date – February 24th “Nothing’s disgusting when you’re in love” Like most red-blooded males I am a sucker for a pretty face though thankfully I have never been lead up the garden path by one. This is not to suggest … Continue reading Manon

The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki)

The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki) Japan (1963) Dir. Shohei Imamura Life is about struggles for most of us and those who are fortunate enough not to face any difficulties will never understand this. How we deal this is what makes us the people we are - whether we curl up and die, roll with the … Continue reading The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki)

Hotel du Nord

Hotel du Nord (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 97 minutes approx. Release Date – February 10th “This story has no victim nor culprit, only two accomplices” For the most part this is true, but things have a habit of getting out of hand and drawing others into the mess that … Continue reading Hotel du Nord

Black Angel

Black Angel (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 81 minutes approx. Release Date – January 27th Innocent until proven guilty - isn’t that the maxim applied to a case where the culpability regarding a serious act or a crime is concerned? That’s the idea anyway. Of course, one has to hope … Continue reading Black Angel

The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File UK (1965) Dir. Sidney J. Furie “There’s a dead American agent in my flat” Under any other circumstances this would be an unusual thing to say but in the context of this classic British spy thriller it is par for the course, though the scene is made even more brilliant by the … Continue reading The Ipcress File