The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)

The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci) Turkey (2018) Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan It’s funny how young people always think they know it all, especially the precocious ones who read a few highbrow books and suddenly believe their take on the world is the only “right” one and everyone else is an ignoramus living in the … Continue reading The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)

Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo yao ji 2)

Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo yao ji 2) China (2018) Dir. Raman Hui Considering the first Monster Hunt film was at one point the highest grossing domestic film in China’s box office history, a sequel was not just inevitable but guaranteed while the first round of receipts were still being counted. And whilst Wolf Warrior 2 … Continue reading Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo yao ji 2)

A House Of Happiness

A House Of Happiness Malaysia (2018) Dir. Jy Teng  We are all forgetful from time to time; we even manage to block out things we’d rather not remember, but losing all of our memories would be too hard to take. So spare a thought for those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s, with no control … Continue reading A House Of Happiness

Street Mobster

Street Mobster (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 88 minutes approx. For some of us, Kinji Fukasawa was the man who gave us the modern classic Battle Royale, the film that kicked off the new millennium of Japanese cinema in a violent frenzy. For longer serving cineastes, Fukasawa was a prominent … Continue reading Street Mobster

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 Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) Finland (2017) Dir. Aki Kaurismäki The Finnish master of the mundane returns with another low-key chronicle of life in his native country, laced as ever with his quietly absurd but cynically askewed humour that exposes more than it lampoons. Following on from 2011’s Le Havre, the ever-relevant … Continue reading The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

Guys And Dolls

Guys And Dolls US (1955) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz In the 1930’s it was “Garbo Talks!”; it the 1950’s it was “Brando Sings!” Well, not quite but it did make some wonder if the hottest box office star of the period known for his brooding, naturalistic anti-hero roles in films such as On The Waterfront … Continue reading Guys And Dolls

Gilda

Gilda US (1946) Dir. Charles Vidor People often forget that some legendary Hollywood stars had lengthy and fruitful careers despite usually being defined by a single performance. Some would crave to be remembered at all, let alone for one iconic role, but mention Rita Hayworth and chances are “Gilda” will be the automatic response. Not … Continue reading Gilda

From Vegas To Macau aka The Man From Macau (Ao Men feng yun)

From Vegas To Macau aka The Man From Macau (Ao Men feng yun) Hong Kong (2014) Dir. Wong Jing The Chinese New Year brings with it many traditional celebratory festivities and in the cinema world this time of year is when a number of lavish comedies are unleashed to further the joyous mood. One regular … Continue reading From Vegas To Macau aka The Man From Macau (Ao Men feng yun)

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)

  Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler) Germany (1922) Dir. Fritz Lang The criminal underworld of Berlin is run by the mysterious Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), a master of disguise and mental manipulator and hypnotist. While his minions handled a counterfeiting scheme, Mabuse cons rich fools out of their money at gambling establishments, … Continue reading Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)