The Possessed

The Possessed (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 85 minutes approx. Also known as The Lady Of The Lake (La donna del lago) this debut from Luigi Bazzoni and future producer Franco Rossellini is a straight up mystery thriller yet its startling artistic flair and dizzying presentation affords it the right … Continue reading The Possessed

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)

The Reckless Moment

The Reckless Moment US (1949) Dir. Max Ophüls Where would we be without our mothers to clear up after us? It doesn’t seem to matter what we do, our dear old mums will be there to fix it - short on cash, spill your drink, break a toy, rip your clothes, cut your finger, kill … Continue reading The Reckless Moment

Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille)

Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille) France (2016) Dir. Vincent Garenq Divorce is always hard, especially on the children who are forced to divide their time between their separated parents, with whom the other is expected to be able to trust their wellbeing implicitly. If this trust is broken, things are likely to get even … Continue reading Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille)

Cowboy Bebop The Movie

Cowboy Bebop The Movie (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 115 minutes approx. The first of a trio of re-issues from Manga Entertainment of classic anime films on Blu-ray comes from one of the most popular series ever - Cowboy Bebop! The comic sci-fi action adventures of bounty hunter Spike … Continue reading Cowboy Bebop The Movie

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) Belgium/France (2016) Dirs. Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne Are guilt and accountability mutually exclusive? Is it possible to recognise your part in a tragedy yet refuse to accept your culpability for fear of the repercussions no matter how much it is weighing on your conscience? Award winning brothers Luc & … Continue reading The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)

Pioneer (Pionér)

Pioneer (Pionér) Norway (2013) Dir. Erik Skjoldbjærg Another “based on true events” film, this one takes us back to the 1980’s when Norway was on the cusp of a massive oil boom that would push the country towards the top of the global GDP table. But, there will always be casualties and collateral damage on … Continue reading Pioneer (Pionér)

One Way Trip (aka Glory Day) (Geulroridei)

One Way Trip (aka Glory Day) (Geulroridei) Korea (2016) Dir. Choi Jeong-Yeol Sometimes even the most noble of intentions can backfire and lead to a situation no-one could have possibly predicted. For his debut, Choi Jeong-Yeol takes this as his core premise around which he tells the tale of the last night four friends will … Continue reading One Way Trip (aka Glory Day) (Geulroridei)

The Club (El Club)

The Club (El Club) Chile (2015) Dir. Pablo Larraín Groucho Marx famously once said “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member” when resigning from the Friar's Club of Beverly Hills. I open this review with a witty riposte since this latest film from Chilean provocateur Pablo Larraín … Continue reading The Club (El Club)