Miss Baek (Mi-sseu-baek) Korea (2018) Dir. Lee Ji-Won “I’m sorry for being born!” These words no child should ever have to say to their parents, even if they are abusive monsters. Sadly, this haunting, harrowing drama from Korea is based on real events, and whilst this means not every detail is shared verbatim, it wouldn’t … Continue reading Miss Baek (Mi-sseu-baek)
Khrustalyov, My Car! (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 147 minutes approx. Russian cinema is very much in a league of its own when it comes to the arcane and idiosyncratic but this is to be expected given it is a country whose history is one of great turmoil and political … Continue reading Khrustalyov, My Car!
Rage (Ikari) Japan (2016) Dir. Lee Sang-il Trust. It is not any easily relinquished commodity when meeting people in person for the first time yet we think nothing of embracing strangers online, maybe because we can’t them from behind the computer screen. But what if the real life person has an ominous cloud of doubt … Continue reading Rage (Ikari)
The Informer UK (1929) Dir. Arthur Robison I can assure you that the timing of my watching of this classic silent film adaptation of Liam O'Flaherty’s celebrated 1925 crime novel is purely coincidental given the subject in relation to the political furore that has arisen in the fall out of last night’s (at time of … Continue reading The Informer
Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao) China (2014) Dir. Jiang Wen Serving as a spiritual successor to 2010’s Let The Bullet’s Fly, Jing Wen’s 300 million RMB production was presumably designed to be extraordinarily lavish to distract us from the confusing storyline. Therefore please bear with me if the plot summary is a … Continue reading Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao)
The Shameless (Mu-roe-han) Korea (2015) Dir. Oh Seung-Uk If the number one rule instilled in future police officers is not “never fall in love with a criminals wife/girlfriend/lover” then it really should be, even if it does mostly apply to fictional cops on the big screen. Returning to the director’s chair after 15 years, Oh … Continue reading The Shameless (Mu-roe-han)
Breathless (À bout de souffle) France (1960) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard Popping my Godard cherry with his directorial debut and arguably most famous work, Breathless brings with it a personal trepidation spoken of before on this site, incurred by the mighty reputation of the film. Hailed as a “masterpiece” (a word I’ve come to loathe), there … Continue reading Breathless (À bout de souffle)