Still Human (Lun lok yan)

Still Human (Lun lok yan) Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Oliver Siu Kuen Chan Cultural differences are one of the more fascinating things in life. Through cinema, TV, and the arts, we get to learn about the rest of the world, the people, and their unique ways But have you ever learned about yourself through being … Continue reading Still Human (Lun lok yan)

Requirements To Be A Normal Person (Requisitos para ser una persona normal)

Requirements To Be A Normal Person (Requisitos para ser una persona normal) Spain (2015) Dir. Leticia Dolera  What is a “normal” person? It is not something that really be defined or measured by any criteria since normal is subjective. For instance, it might be normal for someone to wake up at 4:00am every day as … Continue reading Requirements To Be A Normal Person (Requisitos para ser una persona normal)

Tomorrow Is Another Day

Tomorrow Is Another Day Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Chan Tai Lee Being on the Autism spectrum I am naturally interested in films dealing with Autism, partly out of curiosity as to how they handle it, and partly out of cynicism for the same reason. This time, we head to Hong Kong and a film from … Continue reading Tomorrow Is Another Day

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) Sweden (2015) Dir. Hannes Holm If people are grumpy, maybe there is a reason for this, but how many of us are either too intimidated or simply put off by someone’s gruff and belligerent behaviour to find out what that reason is? Based on the novel … Continue reading A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

The Student ((M)uchenik)

The Student ((M)uchenik) Russia (2016) Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov If one is going to make film about religion then in this current, politically charged climate of egg shell treading, being openly confrontational isn’t necessarily a smart move, unless you can safely predict the audience is going to divine your intentions. Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov either didn’t … Continue reading The Student ((M)uchenik)

Life Feels Good (Chce sie zyc)

Life Feels Good (Chce sie zyc) Poland (2013) Dir. Maciej Pieprzyca When making a film about people with disabilities it is alarmingly easy to be overly sentimental to the point of patronising or wilfully ignorant about the conditions for the sake of a good story. Therefore, the best films are the opens that avoid these … Continue reading Life Feels Good (Chce sie zyc)

The Miracle (Mucize)

The Miracle (Mucize) Turkey (2015) Dir. Mahsun Kirmizigül Over the past decade the only name in Turkish cinema to make a substantial breakthrough onto the international stage has been Nuri Bilge Ceylan, yet it is clear that there are plenty of filmmakers and films equally worthy of global attention. The Miracle from Turkish multi-hyphenate Mahsun … Continue reading The Miracle (Mucize)

The Theory Of Everything

The Theory Of Everything (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Universal) Running Time: 123 minutes approx. At the 2015 Oscars something quite rare occurred: two films vying for the top honours in the major categories were British; and they were both biopics celebrating two very different but equally brilliant British men. One was The Imitation Game … Continue reading The Theory Of Everything

Come As You Are (Hasta la Vista)

Come As You Are (Hasta la Vista) Belgium (2011) Dir. Geoffrey Enthoven Three Flemish men in their late twenties are all handicapped – Lars (Gilles De Schrijver) has an inoperable brain tumour, Philip (Robrecht Vanden Thoren) is totally paraplegic and Jozef (Tom Audenaert) is partially sighted. They are all equally frustrated with having barren sex … Continue reading Come As You Are (Hasta la Vista)