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)

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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. Release Date: August 21st  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 … 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

Department Q – A Conspiracy Of Faith (Flaskepost fra P)

Department Q - A Conspiracy Of Faith (Flaskepost fra P) Denmark (2014) Dir. Hans Petter Moland Bringing the Department Q trilogy to a close is perhaps the darkest of the three films, which may sound like a tall order considering how brutal the first two - Keeper Of Lost Causes and The Absent One - … Continue reading Department Q – A Conspiracy Of Faith (Flaskepost fra P)

Way Down East

Way Down East US (1920) Dir. D.W Griffith “Oh, it’s different with a man. He’s supposed to sow his wild oats!” So speaks the villain of this silent classic based on the 19th century play by Lottie Blair Parker that takes the bold stance of challenging a societal taboo that still resonates in many cultures … Continue reading Way Down East

The Club (El Club)

The Club (El Club) Chile (2015) Dir. Pablo Larraín Groucho Marx famously once said “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member” when resigning from the Friar's Club of Beverly Hills. I open this review with a witty riposte since this latest film from Chilean provocateur Pablo Larraín … Continue reading The Club (El Club)