Movie Review – It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven Palestine (2019) Dir. Elia Suleiman It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed an “I don’t get it” film so you can thank Palestinian director Elia Suleiman for bringing it back to this site. I’m being this frank upfront and early because I honestly don’t know how else to introduce my thoughts … Continue reading Movie Review – It Must Be Heaven

The Last Days Of Emma Blank (De laatste dagen van Emma Blank)

The Last Days Of Emma Blank (De laatste dagen van Emma Blank) Netherlands (2009) Dir. Alex van Warmerdam Bosses seem to take the purview of employment to ludicrous levels in what they ask of their staff because “they are paying them” whilst acting as a law unto themselves, then can’t understand why they are not … Continue reading The Last Days Of Emma Blank (De laatste dagen van Emma Blank)

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (Cert 18) VOD (Distributor: Amazon Studios) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. In 2007, professional TV and film troll Sacha Baron Cohen claimed to have retired his character Borat Sagdiyev, a tactless, feckless, clueless TV presenter from Kazakhstan after the 2006 mockumentary film Borat. In 2020, just as things are getting worse across … Continue reading Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

Blu-Ray Review – Little Nothings

Little Nothings (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 97 minutes approx. There is no “I” in “team” so they say. This is true but not everybody is a team player for many reasons - some are intimidated being around other people, personality clashes are always a destructive element, and then there … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Little Nothings

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit US/New Zealand (2019) Dir. Taika Waititi Back in the 1940s, especially in Britain, comedies about Hitler and the war were quite common, designed to lift the spirits of the nation as plucky British soldiers gave the Hun what for. Since then, satirising this period of history has waned drastically - until now… During … Continue reading Jojo Rabbit

Blu-Ray Review – Life Is A Long Quiet River

Life Is A Long Quiet River (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 91 minutes approx. It’s all in the breeding. It is generally accepted that people turn out a certain way due to their surroundings or upbringing - those who grow up with luxury will never know the struggle of those … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Life Is A Long Quiet River

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three US (1961) Dir. Billy Wilder “Any world that can produce the Taj Mahal, William Shakespeare, and Stripe toothpaste can't be all bad.” You’d think that but there is always something to spoil the good things in life, and it is usually politics. The Cold War and the bifurcation of Germany in the … Continue reading One, Two, Three

In The Loop

In The Loop UK (2009) Dir. Armando Iannucci Politics has always been the best target for satire but in recent years, politicians and their decision making have become such a joke it is difficult to mock them, as it would be parodying a parody. So instead, let’s get back to the simpler times of 2009…. … Continue reading In The Loop

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

The Forest Of Love

The Forest Of Love Japan (2019) Dir. Sion Sono “Be careful what you wish for as you just might get it” is an old adage that applies to the latest film from provocative Japanese auteur Sion Sono on two levels - firstly, in regard to the plot of this sprawling epic and secondly, referring to … Continue reading The Forest Of Love