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)

Hit-and-Run Squad (Bbaengban)

Hit-and-Run Squad (Bbaengban) Korea (2019) Dir. Han Jun-Hee Apparently, motor racing is a corrupt sport. What a shocker eh? Well, that might not be completely true but in the context of this Korean film it is, although it is just one part of the plot and I couldn’t think of another way to open this … Continue reading Hit-and-Run Squad (Bbaengban)

Black Angel

Black Angel (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 81 minutes approx. 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 that the police have done … Continue reading Black Angel

Devils’ Line Complete Collection

Devils’ Line Complete Collection (Cert 18) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 324 minutes approx. Vampires and humans aren’t meant to get along. I mean, it is only natural since one is an undead creature that feasts on the blood of the living, so the relationship is pretty much doomed from the beginning right? … Continue reading Devils’ Line Complete Collection