Loveless (Nelyubov)

Loveless (Nelyubov) Russia (2017) Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev One has to wonder if Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev is eternally miserable because of the bleak films he makes, or whether Russia really is such a demoralising country that he is simply reflecting this is his works. Let’s hope it is the latter and Zvyagintsev is not just … Continue reading Loveless (Nelyubov)

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The House At The End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos)

The House At The End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos) Venezuela (2013) Dir. Alejandro Hidalgo It’s déjà vu time as the Korean remake of this film entitled House Of The Disappeared has already been reviewed on this site and now we get to appraise the original. This means there will be … Continue reading The House At The End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos)

Happy End

Happy End France/Austria (2017) Dir. Michael Haneke In what must be a cruel joke if not a straightforward case of human error, this latest offering from serial provocateur Michael Haneke has been categorised as a “comedy” by the rental service who sent it to me. From the onset there is no indication that this is … Continue reading Happy End

The Beekeeper (O melissokomos)

The Beekeeper (O melissokomos) Greece (1986) Dir. Theodoros Angelopoulos Getting old - non-one wants it to happen but when it does a number of harsh realities hit us. The question is, how do you react to them? Do you cling on to the past and wallow in nostalgia, or do you simply accept it as … Continue reading The Beekeeper (O melissokomos)

After The Storm

After The Storm (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 117 minutes approx. “I wonder why it is that men can't love the present. Either they just keep chasing whatever it is they've lost... or they keep dreaming beyond their reach.” Following the brief diversion from his favoured theme of father and son … Continue reading After The Storm

The Treacherous (Gansin)

The Treacherous (Gansin) Korea (2015) Dir. Min Kyu-dong We may moan about the deluded megalomaniacs in positions of power that are blighting our daily lives with their despotic solipsism, class war baiting and Twitter based idiocy but if history has taught us anything, we should be lucky modern rulers aren’t nearly as dangerous as the … Continue reading The Treacherous (Gansin)

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette) Switzerland/France (2016) Dir. Claude Barras Aside from the surreal French/Belgian A Town Called Panic and some segments in The ABCs Of Death horror anthologies, I can’t recall seeing a stop-motion animation film that covers adult issues in such an unapologetically frank manner. This doesn’t exclude younger … Continue reading My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)