Rojo

Rojo Argentina (2018) Dir. Benjamín Naishtat You’ve no doubt heard the expression “A good day to bury bad news”. Mostly the province of politicians who don’t want to look totally inept or wilfully pernicious, they quietly release damning or unpopular updates during a disaster in the hope people will be too distracted to notice. Sometimes, … Continue reading Rojo

Papicha

Papicha (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: Various) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. Release Date – August 7th Gender equality might be making some headway towards being rebalanced here in the West but in other cultures, it remains a divisive and problematic issue, manifest as full on female oppression. The sad reality is, if the women did … Continue reading Papicha

Savage (Xue bao)

Savage (Xue bao) China (2018) Dir. Cui Siwei Patience is a virtue but some people run out of it pretty quickly, situation dictating of course. But, if all good things come to those who wait then theoretically so should the bad things, which makes the concept of patience a rather flawed one, doesn’t it? In … Continue reading Savage (Xue bao)

Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles)

Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) Argentina (2019) Dir. Sebastián Borensztein “What do you do when you realise that it’s not only one, but a whole army of arseholes that ruined your life?” This might be an emotionally driven rhetorical question from the distraught protagonist of this Argentinean comedy heist film but the subject … Continue reading Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles)

The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes)

The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes) France (1938) Dir. Marcel Carné You might like life but does life like you? Something we rarely think about is in fact an important question to ask ourselves, otherwise why do so many good people have such bad luck whilst the less pleasant get to enjoy continued … Continue reading The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes)

A Foreign Affair

A Foreign Affair US (1948) Dir. Billy Wilder They say all is fair in love and war, but never offer any advice for when the two happen to overlap. One could argue Shakespeare covered this with Romeo And Juliet but a spat between two families is not the same as global conflict. So, it’s over … Continue reading A Foreign Affair

After My Death (Joi manheun sonyeo)

After My Death (Joi manheun sonyeo) Korea (2017) Dir. Kim Ui-Seok Bullying and teen suicides seems to be a popular theme for Korean filmmakers over the last few years, implying this is becoming a handy “go to” topic to draw the punters in, or more worryingly, that this is still such a huge problem in … Continue reading After My Death (Joi manheun sonyeo)

Tokyo Fist

Tokyo Fist Japan (1995) Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto Boxing has often been referred to as the “noble art”, which raises questions about how punching someone in the face has any relation to nobility, aside from the Marquis of Queensberry devising the modern rules. Instead, it is a popular method of settling issues or long standing grudges … Continue reading Tokyo Fist

How To Build A Girl

How To Build A Girl (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: Amazon Prime Video) Running Time: 104 minutes approx. Release Date – July 24th To get ahead in this world you have to learn to play “the game”. The rules might differ depending on the situation but rarely has anyone been able to walk into a competitive … Continue reading How To Build A Girl

Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong)

Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong) Hong Kong (2020) Dirs. Kenji Tanigaki & Wong Jing With Jackie Chan supposedly swapping action for serious acting roles, which affects his comedic output since they rely heavily on slapstick fight scenes, who could replace him? A few years ago, the bookies’ favourite would have been Stephen … Continue reading Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong)