The Captain (Der Hauptmann)

The Captain (Der Hauptmann) Germany (2017) Dir. Robert Schwentke World War II is full of incredible stories and has proven to be a vast source of inspiration, both in fact and fiction, yet despite the war being over for almost 75 years, there are still tales being inspired by or dramatised from this period by … Continue reading The Captain (Der Hauptmann)

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter US (1978) Dir. Michael Cimino The classic film being struck off the “Overdue First Time” watch list is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. One of two epic films about Vietnam released at the end of the 1970’s - Coppola’s bombastic Apocalypse Now being the other - The Deer Hunter won Best … Continue reading The Deer Hunter

Land Of Mine (Under sandet)

Land Of Mine (Under sandet) Denmark (2015) Dir. Martin Zandvliet Another film about World War II that is “based on true events” - haven’t we emptied that particular well already? As it transpires we haven’t and if Land Of Mine is any indicator, there is still a huge wealth of important but overlooked tales of … Continue reading Land Of Mine (Under sandet)

The Human Condition Trilogy III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken)

The Human Condition Trilogy III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken) Japan (1962) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi “When it’s kill or be killed, you change” At the beginning of this classic anti-war trilogy it was unthinkable that we’d hear such bold words coming from the pacifist protagonist at the centre of it all, a man who … Continue reading The Human Condition Trilogy III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken)

The Human Condition Trilogy I: No Greater Love (Ningen no jôken)

The Human Condition Trilogy I: No Greater Love (Ningen no jôken) Japan (1959) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi Quite often in the world of cinema you’ll hear of novels that have been deemed “unfilmable” for a number of reasons, the usual factors being length, the adaptability of the content and the practicalities of the production. In Japan … Continue reading The Human Condition Trilogy I: No Greater Love (Ningen no jôken)

Stalag 17

  Stalag 17 (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 120 minutes approx. In a Luftwaffe prisoner-of-war camp along the Danube River prior to Christmas 1944, a group of US prisoners send two men on an escape bid executing a seemingly infallible plan. However they are shot barely a few feet away from … Continue reading Stalag 17