Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata)

Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata) Spain (2019) Dir. Paco Plaza Revenge may be sweet or a dish best served cold or whatever epigram you care to apply to it but it is also a very messy scenario to be caught up in, largely through being a two-way street. It is a never-ending … Continue reading Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata)

The Immortal (L’immortale)

The Immortal (L'immortale) Italy (2019) Dir. Marco D'Amore There is a great sketch on the infamous Derek & Clive: Ad Nauseam album about people not putting labels on everyday things leading to mass confusion. I was lured into watching this film by it being a spin-off from Gomorrah, a noted Italian crime film from 2008, loosely … Continue reading The Immortal (L’immortale)

Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau)

Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau) Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Herman Yau Death, contrary to popular belief, isn’t always the final word - if it was, there wouldn’t be any horror films or tales of the supernatural to spook us out with. So, keep on haunting you spirits, like the one in … Continue reading Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau)

The Whistlers (La Gomera)

The Whistlers (La Gomera) Romania (2019) Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu Remember when Lauren Bacall told Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not that to whistle, “You just put your lips together and blow”? Well, it would appear that it isn’t so simple, according to some countries where techniques differ quite substantially and the whistle has … Continue reading The Whistlers (La Gomera)

Savage (Xue bao)

Savage (Xue bao) China (2018) Dir. Cui Siwei Patience is a virtue but some people run out of it pretty quickly, situation dictating of course. But, if all good things come to those who wait then theoretically so should the bad things, which makes the concept of patience a rather flawed one, doesn’t it? In … Continue reading Savage (Xue bao)

The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)

The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) China (2019) Dir. Diao Yinan Disclaimer - No geese were harmed in the making of this film. In fact, I don’t think any actually appear in it which is just as well, as there are a lot of nasty people betraying each other and … Continue reading The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)

First Love (Hatsukoi)

First Love (Hatsukoi) Japan (2019) Dir Takashi Miike You know what they say about best-laid plans. In real life, it can be very frustrating when they go awry but in cinema, it often leads to one hell of a rush.  And when such a scenario is depicted by the enfant terrible of Japanese cinema, Takashi … Continue reading First Love (Hatsukoi)

Funeral In Berlin

Funeral In Berlin UK (1966) Dir. Guy Hamilton Everyone’s favourite bespectacled laconic cockney secret agent is back for another death-defying mission at the behest of the Ministry of Defence, crossing international borders and unravelling a sinuous mystery that develops seemingly out of nowhere. Bifurcated Germany is the current base of Soviet intelligence officer Colonel Stok … Continue reading Funeral In Berlin

Why Don’t You Just Die

Why Don’t You Just Die (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. If you can’t rely on your family in life, whom can you rely on? Under most circumstances they should be the first people you turn to for help, advice, guidance or a shoulder to cry on, so … Continue reading Why Don’t You Just Die

The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)

The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru) Japan (1960) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Revenge is a dish best served cold as the saying goes - unless that method of payback is a red-hot poker up the jacksy! But I digress. The intelligence behind a clever plot to bring someone down also requires ruthlessness to … Continue reading The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)