Funeral In Berlin

Funeral In Berlin UK (1966) Dir. Guy Hamilton Everyone’s favourite bespectacled laconic cockney secret agent is back for another death-defying mission at the behest of the Ministry of Defence, crossing international borders and unravelling a sinuous mystery that develops seemingly out of nowhere. Bifurcated Germany is the current base of Soviet intelligence officer Colonel Stok … Continue reading Funeral In Berlin

Black Panther

Black Panther (Cert 12A) US (2018) Dir. Ryan Coogler One noted surprise for Marvel fans when Captain America: Civil War hit the screens in 2016 was the appearance of Black Panther, a hitherto overlooked member of the Marvel universe, among the line-up of familiar faces. With Hollywood embroiled in a diversity scandal, this was a … Continue reading Black Panther

The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong)

  The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong) Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Jee-woon It’s a familiar story - a celebrated Korean director tries his luck in Hollywood, fails, returns to his native land and produces an absolute corker to get himself back on track. Park Chan-Wook did it with The Handmaiden and now it’s Kim Jee-Woon’s turn … Continue reading The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong)

Red Family (Bulg-eun gajog)

Red Family (Bulg-eun gajog) Korea (2013) Dir. Lee Ju-Hyoung Kim Ki-Duk is a director whose reputation as a provocative filmmaker not only precedes him but also well deserved. Therefore, it will come as quite the surprise to many to learn that Kim wrote this relatively conventional (for him) drama, which he also produced and edited, … Continue reading Red Family (Bulg-eun gajog)

Cloak And Dagger

Cloak And Dagger US (1946) Dir. Fritz Lang Having felt forced out of his native Germany by the Nazi’s in the early 1930’s the legendary Fritz Lang managed to rein in any overt anti-Nazi sentiment in this World War II spy thriller, but isn’t shy in hiding his feelings about them either. Near the end … Continue reading Cloak And Dagger

Topaz

Topaz US (1969) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock This film finds Hitchcock nearing the end of his illustrious and peerless career; in fact he made just two more films after this one. There is a sense that we are watching the work of someone in their twilight years with only a few occasional flourishes to remind us … Continue reading Topaz

Secretly Greatly (Eunmilhage Widaehage)

Secretly Greatly (Eunmilhage Widaehage)Korea (2013) Dir. Jang Cheol-sooIn a small suburban hilltop community in Seoul the local idiot and target of everyone’s teasing and bullying is the simple Dong-gu (Kim Su-hyeon) who lodges and works at the corner store owned by the elderly Jeon Sun-im (Park Hye-suk). Mercilessly picked on by local young brothers Chi-ung … Continue reading Secretly Greatly (Eunmilhage Widaehage)

Les Espions (The Spies)

  Les Espions (The Spies) France (1957) Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot In small town tucked away in the middle of nowhere stands an asylum which is home to just two inmates – a man being treated for alcoholism and a Lucie, mute woman (Véra Clouzot). The asylum is run by the down on his luck Dr. … Continue reading Les Espions (The Spies)

Farewell (L’affaire Farewell)

Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) France (2009) Dir. Christian Carion In 1980’s Russia, KGB analyst Sergei Grigoriev (Emir Kusturica) is increasingly disillusioned with the current Soviet regime decides to make a stand. Grigoriev passes on a list of Russian spies operating in the west to the French Government under the rule of newly elected President François Mitterrand … Continue reading Farewell (L’affaire Farewell)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio (OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio (OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus) France (2009) Dir. Michel Hazanavicius France’s top secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117 (Jean Dujardin), returns with a new mission that sees him on his way to Brazil to deliver a 50 000 francs payment to an exiled Nazi, Professor … Continue reading OSS 117: Lost in Rio (OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus)