Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt Germany (2012) Dir. Margarethe von Trotta “Trying to understand is not the same as forgiveness.” It’s difficult to put a point across successfully to people who can’t - or won’t - spend a moment to actually listen to what you are saying or understand the perspective you are coming from. The once celebrated … Continue reading Hannah Arendt

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House US (1948) Dir. H.C Potter One thing this film can’t be accused of is possessing a title that carries any ambiguity about what the story is about. Based on the novel by Eric Hodgins (itself an expansion on his short story Mr. Blandings Builds His Castle), this amiable post-War … Continue reading Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Collection

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Collection (Cert 15) 3 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Kaze UK) Running time: 650 minutes approx. My initial opening line for this review was going to be “The title says it all” but the reality is, it doesn’t - not by a long shot. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is definitely bizarre but is … Continue reading Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Collection

Cobra

Cobra US (1925) Dir. Joseph Henabery No doubt your initial mentally recognition from seeing the title Cobra was the 1986 Sly Stallone action flick; disavow yourself of that notion as this silent film, which turned out to be the penultimate outing for iconic 1920’s heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, is substantially different in every way. Count Rodrigo … Continue reading Cobra

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

Speedy

Speedy (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Criterion Collection) Running Time: 86 minutes approx. Of the hallowed triumvirate of silent film comedy kings, Harold Lloyd was the one I discovered first, via a TV series called “Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy”. However, unlike his venerated contemporaries, Keaton and Chaplin, Lloyd’s films criminally are not as readily … Continue reading Speedy

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) France (2013) Dir. Cédric Klapisch With this film writer-director Cédric Klapisch brings his Spanish Apartment Trilogy to a close, reuniting the main characters and former flatmates from the previous films - Pot Luck and Russian Dolls - who are all older but in some cases, not any wiser, this time in New … Continue reading Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

The French Connection

The French Connection US (1971) Dir. William Friedkin I have to be honest, of all the Best Film Oscar winners The French Connection was one of those which I always felt seemed out of place alongside such revered treasures as Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, The Godfather, etc. As it stands this is a pretty … Continue reading The French Connection