The House At The End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos)

The House At The End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos) Venezuela (2013) Dir. Alejandro Hidalgo It’s déjà vu time as the Korean remake of this film entitled House Of The Disappeared has already been reviewed on this site and now we get to appraise the original. This means there will be … Continue reading The House At The End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos)

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The Big Sick

The Big Sick US (2017) Dir. Michael Showalter I am not going to lie to you - had I known this critically acclaimed film was produced by Judd Apatow I would have given it a wide berth as I have never got on with his films, with the *possible* exception of The 40-Year Old Virgin. … Continue reading The Big Sick

Back To 1942 (Yi jiu si er)

Back To 1942 (Yi jiu si er) China (2012) Dir. Feng Xiaogang The Japanese Occupation of China of the 1930’s and 40’s - also referred to as the Second Sino-Japanese War - has already provided Chinese filmmakers with plenty of material for a number of films recounting this period from their history. Much like how … Continue reading Back To 1942 (Yi jiu si er)

In Between (Bar Bahar)

In Between (Bar Bahar) Israel (2016) Dir. Maysaloun Hamoud “If you have a dollar, you are worth a dollar; if you have nothing, you are worth nothing” This is just one of the sad but incisive aphorisms you’ll find in this debut feature film from Israeli director Maysaloun Hamoud shared between the three seemingly disparate … Continue reading In Between (Bar Bahar)

I Remember You (Ég man þig)

I Remember You (Ég man þig) Iceland (2017) Dir. Óskar Thór Axelsson Nordic/Scandi Noir has found its niche in providing us with tense, labyrinthine and boldly brutal crime thrillers but rarely have they involved the supernatural - until now that is. Based on the novel by the “Queen of Icelandic Crime”, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, I Remember … Continue reading I Remember You (Ég man þig)

Qarantina

Qarantina Iraq (2010) Dir. Oday Rasheed There are a number of ways someone can feel trapped beyond the physical restrictions of space and proximate geographical enclosures - one can be mentally or emotionally trapped in a loveless marriage, or trapped by their limitations of skills and abilities. In his second feature, Iraqi writer-director considers this … Continue reading Qarantina

Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni)

Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) Italy (2016) Dir. Marco Bellocchio I guess I was wrong in thinking that Pedro Almodóvar had the monopoly on films about relationships with mothers (Hitchcock’s Psycho notwithstanding) as this offering from Italy’s Marco Bellocchio illustrates. Unlike Almodóvar’s films, the garish warmth and pro-feminist attack suffused within are replaced by a … Continue reading Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni)