Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce US (1945) Dir. Michael Curtiz How far would a mother go to secure the love of her daughter? It really needn’t be asked as filial piety should be unconditional as is the love between parent and offspring, but it is pondered in this classic noir drama that saw Joan Crawford win her only … Continue reading Mildred Pierce

Office (Hua li shang ban zu)

Office (Hua li shang ban zu) China/Hong Kong (2015) Dir. Johnnie To Not to be confused with the classic BBC comedy series or the Korean thriller of the same name, this Office sees the King of Hong Kong crime thriller Johnnie To try his hand at musical comedy drama. It’s based on the stage play … Continue reading Office (Hua li shang ban zu)

Inside Men – Director’s Cut (Nae-bu-ja-deul)

Inside Men - Director’s Cut (Nae-bu-ja-deul) Korea (2015) Dir. Woo Min-ho Connections are handy to have in life. They can help you up the ladder of success, get you out of trouble or make the impossible possible. Conversely, when the brown stuff is en route to the fan, being connected to the source of the … Continue reading Inside Men – Director’s Cut (Nae-bu-ja-deul)

Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street US (1945) Dir. Fritz Lang There say there is no fool like an old fool, especially when there is a younger woman involved and quite often, that is true. But sometimes even an old fool can get lucky and end up having the last laugh. Of course, it has to come at a … Continue reading Scarlet Street

The Consequences Of Love (Le conseguenze dell’amore)

The Consequences Of Love (Le conseguenze dell'amore) Italy (2004) Dir. Paolo Sorrentino I wish I could put my finger exactly what it is that makes some Italian movies so hit and miss for me. They usually do most things right that either appeals to me or has my appreciation but somehow, something fails to connect … Continue reading The Consequences Of Love (Le conseguenze dell’amore)