The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

The Guardians (Les gardiennes) France (2017) Dir. Xavier Beauvois Stories from World War I continue to appear, adding new perspectives to improve our understanding of what life was like during this period, even when fictionalised. One area seldom explored is the women left to run the home whilst the men were fighting in the trenches, … Continue reading The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

Tremble All You Want (Katte ni furuetero)

Tremble All You Want (Katte ni furuetero) Japan (2017) Dir. Akiko Ohku It is said that you never forget your first love (I wouldn’t know but that is what is said) but there is a difference between not forgetting them and clinging on to the futile hope that they will one day reciprocate and make … Continue reading Tremble All You Want (Katte ni furuetero)

The Early Films Of Olivier Assayas

The Early Films Of Olivier Assayas (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 91 minutes approx. / 84 minutes approx. Many film fans might only know Olivier Assayas from recent Hollywood films Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper, while cineastes will refer to the two films made with his ex-wife, Hong … Continue reading The Early Films Of Olivier Assayas

The Liar (Geojinmal)

The Liar (Geojinmal) Korea (2014) Dir. Kim Dong-Myung It is becoming increasingly tough to keep up with the Joneses is these days of austerity and economic disparity so why not choose the alternative - just pretend? It doesn’t cost you anything, except maybe the trust of those around you and maybe your own sanity. Ah-Young … Continue reading The Liar (Geojinmal)

Time Out (L’emploi du temps)

Time Out (L'emploi du temps) France (2001) Dir. Laurent Cantet Is it really that difficult to the truth no matter how problematic the news might be? Is it pride or the fear of being regarded a failure stopping you? Don’t you have faith in your loved ones to support you in dealing with it? Keeping … Continue reading Time Out (L’emploi du temps)

Sa-kwa (aka Sorry Apple)

Sa-kwa (aka Sorry Apple) Korea (2005) Dir. Kang Yi-Kwan There is a cute aphorism, which also became a hit song for the legendary Stephen Stills, that reads “If you can’t be with the one you love, then love the one you’re with”. It’s a bit cheeky since it appears to condone infidelity but it makes … Continue reading Sa-kwa (aka Sorry Apple)

The Whistleblower (Je-bo-ja)

The Whistleblower (Je-bo-ja) Korea (2014) Dir. Yim Soon-rye There is an apparent long-standing joke about doctors and scientists believing they are playing God by dint of their work essentially deciding who lives and who dies.  In South Korea in 2005, scientist Hwang Woo-suk found himself in such a position and went from hero to zero … Continue reading The Whistleblower (Je-bo-ja)

Kabukichô Love Hotel (Sayonara kabukichô)

Kabukichô Love Hotel (Sayonara kabukichô) Japan (2014) Dir. Ryuichi Hiroki For the uninitiated love hotels are common across Asia and parts of South America but they are more associated with Japan, standing as a unique aspect of the country’s rich and varied culture. They provide a place for amorous couples to amuse themselves intimately, be … Continue reading Kabukichô Love Hotel (Sayonara kabukichô)

Sons Of The Desert

Sons Of The Desert US (1933) Dir. William A. SeiterAfter swearing an oath along with the rest of the California chapter of the Sons Of The Desert men’s organisation for a 100% turnout at the annual convention in Chicago, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy try to convince their wives Lottie (Mae Busch) and Betty (Dorothy … Continue reading Sons Of The Desert