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)

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El crimen del Padre Amaro

El crimen del Padre Amaro Mexico (2002) Dir. Carlos Carrera They say there is no such thing as bad publicity and this scathing critique of corruption within the Mexican Catholic church goes some way to exemplifying this. After causing uproar with the church before it was even released El crimen del Padre Amaro went on … Continue reading El crimen del Padre Amaro

Madeinusa

Madeinusa Peru/Spain (2006) Dir. Claudia Llosa Every country has its own way of celebrating religious holidays. Here in the UK, we celebrate Easter by eating chocolate eggs; in this abstract movie from Peru, the denizens of a remote village spend Easter weekend indulging in sinful behaviour. I wonder which sounds the most fun? In the … Continue reading Madeinusa

The Student ((M)uchenik)

The Student ((M)uchenik) Russia (2016) Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov If one is going to make film about religion then in this current, politically charged climate of egg shell treading, being openly confrontational isn’t necessarily a smart move, unless you can safely predict the audience is going to divine your intentions. Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov either didn’t … Continue reading The Student ((M)uchenik)

A Certain Magical Index II Complete Collection

A Certain Magical Index II Complete Collection (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD/4 Discs Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 572 minutes approx. When season one of A Certain Magical Index was released in the UK a little under two years ago, yours truly wasn’t overly impressed with it. Now the second season is upon us, … Continue reading A Certain Magical Index II Complete Collection

Lunacy (Sílení)

Lunacy (Sílení) Czech Republic (2005) Dir. Jan Svankmajer “Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.” This aphorism from The System Of Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether by Edgar Allen Poe provides the framework for this surreal horror film from Czech provocateur Jan Svankmajer. Perhaps not a horror film in the … Continue reading Lunacy (Sílení)

Redeemer

Redeemer Chile (2014) Dir. Ernesto Díaz Espinoza We’ve seen Martial Arts heroes arise from all corners of the globe over recent years and now it is Chile’s turn, as genre director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza teams up with martial artist and stuntman Marko Zaror to bring us this action packed and rather gruesome tale of vengeance … Continue reading Redeemer