Loveless (Nelyubov)

Loveless (Nelyubov) Russia (2017) Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev One has to wonder if Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev is eternally miserable because of the bleak films he makes, or whether Russia really is such a demoralising country that he is simply reflecting this is his works. Let’s hope it is the latter and Zvyagintsev is not just … Continue reading Loveless (Nelyubov)

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Clash (Eshtebak)

Clash (Eshtebak) Egypt (2016) Dir. Mohamed Diab It is universally recognised that religion and politics are two of the most divisive and incendiary topics of discussion people should avoid. Luckily, some of us live in a country where the two rarely cross paths; not everyone is so fortunate and their daily lives are dictated by … Continue reading Clash (Eshtebak)

Made In Dagenham

Made In Dagenham UK (2010) Dir. Nigel Cole I don’t know if it should be regarded as a disappointment that 50 years after the strike for equal pay by female workers at the Ford factory in Dagenham that women are still fighting for the same thing. Conversely, this story might stand up as a valid … Continue reading Made In Dagenham

The Overcoat (Shinel)

The Overcoat (Shinel) Russia (1926) Dir. Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg Despite the huge acclaim Russian silent cinema has achieved here in the west, it was a different story on its native soil back in the day, when even such revered classics as Battleship Potemkin weren’t hits with neither the public nor critics. Western frivolity … Continue reading The Overcoat (Shinel)

Harvey

Harvey US (1950) Dir. Henry Koster Time for ol’ MIB to strike another classic film of his never-ending “To Watch” list, in the form of this quirky comedy from 1950, originally a Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play written by Mary Chase, who also adapted her work into the screenplay for this cinematic outing. Elwood P. … Continue reading Harvey

Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine)

Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine) France (2012) Dir. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner Bonnie & Clyde, Fred & Ginger, Romeo & Juliet - there are many famous and infamous male/female duos in history (real and cinematic) but none are as distinctly cuddlier and far more innocent in their escapades than the ursine/rodent … Continue reading Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine)

Robbery (Lou Lap)

Robbery (Lou Lap) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Fire Lee I might have said this before but it bears repeating - Hong Kong comedies are strange beasts which don’t always translate well outside of Asia (unless you are Jackie Chan or Stephen Chow). One film unlikely to buck this trend is surreal black comedy Robbery. Lau … Continue reading Robbery (Lou Lap)