Homesick

Homesick Austria/Germany (2015) Dir. Jakob M. Erwa “Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours” So says the famous theme song for the perennial Aussie TV soap opera, but it makes no mention of bad neighbours or the creepy ones with pernicious agendas. Luckily, we have cinema to take up that particular challenge instead… Jessica (Esther Maria Pietsch) … Continue reading Homesick

Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte US (1964) Dir. Robert Aldrich Following the surprise success of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? in 1962 the immediate reaction was to capitalise with a second film featuring the feuding screen titans Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. It didn’t quite work out that way but this Southern gothic thriller is still seen … Continue reading Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Prevenge

Prevenge UK (2016) Dir. Alice Lowe Parents will do pretty much anything for their children - within reason and subject to financial capacity, naturally. Despite being the adult in the relationship and the one supposedly in control, it is the kids that dictate their actions. But what if the child hasn’t even been born yet … Continue reading Prevenge

Corridor (Isolerad)

Corridor (Isolerad) Sweden (2010) Dirs. Johan Lundborg & Johan Storm Pressure is a terribly divisive thing. Some thrive on it while others crumble under it and the effect it can have on our nerves and mindset is frightening when it gets all too much becomes palpable. But if there is some fire connected to the … Continue reading Corridor (Isolerad)

The Enemy (Neprijatelj)

The Enemy (Neprijatelj) Serbia (2011) Dir. Dejan Zecevic In 1996 a song called One Of Us by Joan Osbourne asked “What if God was one of us?” Flipping that idea on its head a little, Serbian director Dejan Zecevic wonders if we’d know if Satan himself was in our presence. And what better setting to … Continue reading The Enemy (Neprijatelj)

The Last Supper

The Last Supper (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Films) Running Time: 116 minutes approx. Chinese history is a sprawling rich tapestry full of legends featuring warring generals, ruling dynasties and Shakespearean-esque tales of deceit and betrayal. For those of us outside of Asia, we rely on the cinematic depictions of events from this illustrious … Continue reading The Last Supper

West (Westen)

West (Westen) Germany (2013) Dir. Christian Schwochow The events of 1989 seems such a long time ago when Germany was no longer a country divided in two, making this 1970’s set film, based on the novel Lagerfeuer by Julia Franck, seem prematurely archaic despite being fairly recent historically. In East Germany, single mother Nelly Senff … Continue reading West (Westen)

WataMote – The Complete Collection

WataMote - The Complete Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 297 minutes approx. Before we get to the show itself we need to discuss its title, in case anyone who relies on anime for their Japanese language lessons believes they’ve discovered a new word. WataMote is in fact a rather handy contraction … Continue reading WataMote – The Complete Collection

Suspicion

Suspicion US (1941) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock While on a train journey home timid and mousey Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine) shares a compartment with charming but irresponsible playboy Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant) who appears to be fleeing from someone or something. The pair are reunited at a social event with Johnnie doing his all to sweep … Continue reading Suspicion