Cold War (Zimna wojna)

Cold War (Zimna wojna) Poland (2018) Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski Shakespeare famously wrote “If music be the food of love, play on" (from Twelfth Night, just in case you ever wondered) but there are times where the lyrics and melody just don’t gel as they should, or maybe the band should stop playing altogether. In 1947, … Continue reading Cold War (Zimna wojna)

The Night Eats The World (La nuit a dévoré le monde)

The Night Eats The World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) France (2018) Dir. Dominique Rocher Do you want to know what I consider a true horror film? One which is made in France by a French director and crew but all the dialogue is in English and there are no HOH subtitles on the … Continue reading The Night Eats The World (La nuit a dévoré le monde)

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

Gauguin (Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti)

Gauguin (Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti) France (2017) Dir. Edouard Deluc Paul Gauguin is a polarising figure in the history of art - retrospectively revered for his paintings and developing the style of Synthetism but loathed for his immoral lifestyle. As the original French title of this film suggests, the stage of his life being … Continue reading Gauguin (Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti)

Lost In Paris (Paris pieds nus)

Lost In Paris (Paris pieds nus) France (2016) Dirs. Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon I think this may be another first for this site and possibly even cinema in general, unless someone can correct me, in that Abel and Gordon are a husband and wife team. You might cite James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow as … Continue reading Lost In Paris (Paris pieds nus)

Black Venus

Black Venus (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 165 minutes approx. I’m wondering if Abdellatif Kechiche is capable of making a film of reasonable length. Looking at his resume, only one runs under two hours and that is only by a few minutes. In between 2007’s 150-minute Couscous and 2013’s 3-hour … Continue reading Black Venus

Charade

Charade US (1963) Dir. Stanley Donen In what is surely a greater tribute to the man himself than the films in question, many cinematic offerings have had the lofty label of “The Best Film Hitchcock Never Directed” foisted upon them. Two of the more well known ones to actually deserve this epithet are Henri-Georges Clouzot’s … Continue reading Charade

Chocolat

Chocolat France (2016) Dir. Roschdy Zem No, not the Juliette Binoche/Johnny Depp rom-com but a bio-pic about the first celebrated black performer in French history, Rafael Padilla aka Chocolat. From young Cuban born immigrant to Parisian comedy sensation, his overlooked story is now shared with modern audiences via this tribute from actor-turned-director Roschdy Zem. In … Continue reading Chocolat

Summertime (La belle saison)

Summertime (La belle saison) France (2015) Dir. Catherine Corsini It seems any French film dealing with lesbian relationships will incur hasty comparisons, or at least a cursory nod towards Blue Is the Warmest Colour. For actor-writer-director Catherine Corsini, her latest outing possesses only the barest of similarities, proving quite quickly to be substantial enough to … Continue reading Summertime (La belle saison)

The Rebel

The Rebel UK (1961) Dir. Robert Day Any Millennials reading will find it hard to believe that back in the 1950’s and early 1960’s a six-note tuba riff would signal the country coming to a standstill as the nation crowded around their radios and later their TV sets. Why? Because  that meant it was time … Continue reading The Rebel