Ninotchka

Ninotchka US (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch “Garbo Laughs!” Amazingly that tagline was seemingly enough to sell this film to audiences in 1939, just as “Garbo Talks!” worked nine year earlier with Anna Christie her first talkie. That didn’t stop the film being banned in the Soviet Union though, but that is understandable it was a … Continue reading Ninotchka

Manon

Manon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 106 minutes approx. Release Date – February 24th “Nothing’s disgusting when you’re in love” Like most red-blooded males I am a sucker for a pretty face though thankfully I have never been lead up the garden path by one. This is not to suggest … Continue reading Manon

Hotel du Nord

Hotel du Nord (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 97 minutes approx. Release Date – February 10th “This story has no victim nor culprit, only two accomplices” For the most part this is true, but things have a habit of getting out of hand and drawing others into the mess that … Continue reading Hotel du Nord

Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down (Wan mei jia qi 168)

Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down (Wan mei jia qi 168) China (2014) Dir. Jeffrey Lau Why can’t people be more honest with each other? This question has been asked since time immemorial yet we can’t help ourselves from continually making the same mistakes over and over from not telling the truth. Then again, the … Continue reading Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down (Wan mei jia qi 168)

All That Matters Is Past (Uskyld)

All That Matters Is Past (Uskyld) Norway (2012) Dir. Sara Johnsen Love triangles are messy enough affairs when they implode if the acrimony is that bad, so you can imagine how combustible the situation would be if this illicit ménage à trois involved two brothers? Janne (Maria Bonnevie) is the orphan girl who comes between … Continue reading All That Matters Is Past (Uskyld)

Devils’ Line Complete Collection

Devils’ Line Complete Collection (Cert 18) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 324 minutes approx. Release Date: January 13th    Vampires and humans aren’t meant to get along. I mean, it is only natural since one is an undead creature that feasts on the blood of the living, so the relationship is pretty much … Continue reading Devils’ Line Complete Collection

Transit

Transit Germany (2018) Dir. Christian Petzold Survival in extreme circumstances may often require the odd white lie - or even a major one - to be told, but is there a line which shouldn’t be crossed in distorting the truth, especially if it means unwittingly involving others in this grand deception? In an alternate present-day … Continue reading Transit