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)

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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)

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