Rita’s Last Fairy Tale (Poslednyaya skazka Rity)

Rita’s Last Fairy Tale (Poslednyaya skazka Rity) Russia (2012) Dir. Renata Litvinova If asked to describe the physical manifestation of Death aka The Grim Reaper, the scythe wielding, cloaked skeletal figure would likely be the default suggestion from most people; cinephiles might instead reference the similarly hooded character with the pallid complexion and a taste … Continue reading Rita’s Last Fairy Tale (Poslednyaya skazka Rity)

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie US (2017) Dir. David Soren When a film’s title appears to tell you all you need to know about it especially if it doesn’t sound too appealing. Occasionally however, the old adage of judging books by their covers comes into play and you find yourself rather surprised by what … Continue reading Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong)

A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong) Korea (2014) Dir. Lee Kwang-Kuk “I had a strange but lovely time” Whilst I didn’t fully get what was going on this elliptical tale of dreams, their meanings and how they can influence our lives the above line spoken within is a somewhat accurate way of summing up my … Continue reading A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong)

The Lure (Córki dancingu)

The Lure (Córki dancingu) Poland (2015) Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska Even as Europeans (but not for much longer, thanks Brexit!) we Brits still marvel at the esoteric and idiosyncratic take our geographical cousins have on their cinema. A case in point is this musical horror fantasy based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, with … Continue reading The Lure (Córki dancingu)

The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun)

The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun) Taiwan/China (2017) Dir. Chen Yu-hsun Memories are an important part of our lives. We can bask in the fond glow of the good or learn from the mistakes of the bad. But if someone offered you the chance to wipe away those negative memories would you take … Continue reading The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun)

The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) Finland (2017) Dir. Aki Kaurismäki The Finnish master of the mundane returns with another low-key chronicle of life in his native country, laced as ever with his quietly absurd but cynically askewed humour that exposes more than it lampoons. Following on from 2011’s Le Havre, the ever-relevant … Continue reading The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

Pulgasari

Pulgasari North Korea (1985) Dir. Shin Sang-ok We are no strangers to Korean cinema on this site but usually the films under review come from South Korea (aka the good one) - this infamous slice of celluloid is the first time a film from North Korea (aka the bad one) is being reviewed. And it … Continue reading Pulgasari