Another Round (Druk)

Another Round (Druk) Denmark (2020) Dir. Thomas Vinterberg There is an episode of The Simpsons where, after prohibition is enforced on Springfield then eventually revoked, Homer celebrates with the toast "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems". It may have been said in jest, but is an aphorism that is … Continue reading Another Round (Druk)

Arctic

Arctic Iceland (2018) Dir. Joe Penna The natural human instinct to survive is a remarkable one. For some, it kicks in straight away, avoiding panic and fear during times of crisis, others tend to crumble, succumbing to severity of the situation in record time. In Arctic, the focus is on the former. Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen) … Continue reading Arctic

Pusher II – With Blood On My Hands

Pusher II - With Blood On My Hands Denmark (2004) Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn returns to the streets of Copenhagen for the second instalment in his Pusher trilogy after his first English language big budget film Fear X in 2002 bombed big time. Despite the eight-year gap between films the … Continue reading Pusher II – With Blood On My Hands

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story US (2016) Dir. Gareth Edwards After The Force Awakens rekindled the love for the Star Wars franchise for most of us a year ago it was announced that a standalone film would appear in the interim period before Episode VIII arrives. This film would be another prequel but … Continue reading Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange US (2016) Dir. Scott Derrickson In the year of the Marvel vs. DC war on the big screen, Marvel are so far 2-0 up with Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War both delivering the goods whilst DC’s Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad were disappointments critically and at the box office. Can Marvel … Continue reading Doctor Strange

Pusher

Pusher Denmark (1996) Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn He might currently be best known for his lavish but polarising arty films that clash against the conventions of modern Hollywood but Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn served a more modest beginning to his filmmaking career in his homeland with this gritty debut, the first in a trilogy … Continue reading Pusher

Men And Chicken

Men And Chicken (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Films) Running Time: 104 minutes approx. “The humour on this island is pretty basic” At the risk of sounding reductive the above quote from this jet black Danish comedy could apply to the film itself - that is until you look beyond the apparent Bottom meets … Continue reading Men And Chicken

A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære)

A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære) Denmark (2012) Dir. Nikolaj Arcel Our Scandinavian neighbours have proven themselves as masters of the dark and brooding crime thriller with their vast catalogue of superb TV series, but this doesn’t mean we should dismiss them as one hit wonders. They are equally capable of delivering compelling and visually … Continue reading A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære)

Open Hearts (Elsker dig for evigt)

Open Hearts (Elsker dig for evigt) Denmark (2002) Dir. Susanne Bier If Denmark has gained a reputation over the past few years for their grim, moody crime thrillers or tightly wound political dramas via TV then its cinema output is on hand to remind us they are just as capable of gritty, realistic domestic dramas … Continue reading Open Hearts (Elsker dig for evigt)

Exit

Exit Sweden (2006) Dir. Peter Lindmark When The Beatles sang that money couldn’t buy love they could have also included loyalty in the same sentence – unless you happen to be the highest bidder it seems. And in the world of Swedish financial investment, loyalty is a commodity that changes hands on a regular basis … Continue reading Exit