Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)

Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal) Korea (2018) Dir. Choi Kook-Hee Bankers. There is a reason its rude rhyming alternative exists and it’s not limited to here in the UK either. In 1997, Korea was embroiled in a major financial scandal due to the actions of corrupt politicians that was seen a key contribution to Korea’s financial crash … Continue reading Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)

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Die Tomorrow

Die Tomorrow Thailand (2017) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Death. Not a pretty subject to discuss but it is one we have to face up to eventually in our lives. Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit is intent on facing this topic head on with Die Tomorrow, an anthology of sorts inspired by real life stories of unfortunate and … Continue reading Die Tomorrow

In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts) Germany (2017) Dir. Fatih Akin The law exists for a reason but sometimes it is its own worst enemy when its rules are adhered to and fail to ensure justice is served. When the victims of a crime continue to suffer as the culprits walk away scot free, the … Continue reading In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Thailand (2013) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit When The Emoji Movie arrived in 2017, aside from being met by universal hostility, it was seen as a lament for modern cinema finding its inspiration in social media. Yet, this Thai black comedy drama got there first by building a story around a … Continue reading Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Funny Cow

Funny Cow UK (2017) Dir. Adrian Shergold Maybe it is a British thing but it is a remarkable trait of ours that a lot of comedy is born from the darkest of places, and I don’t just mean ‘Oop North either! That wasn’t a slight against those of you on the other side of the … Continue reading Funny Cow

Bright Future (Akarui mirai)

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) Japan (2002) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Only in Japan could a jellyfish be a symbol for a disenchanted young man to find his place in the world. Although this is a work from Kiyoshi Kurosawa and he is at his most obtuse with this slow, brooding arthouse drama. Yuji Nimura (Joe Odagiri) … Continue reading Bright Future (Akarui mirai)

His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday US (1940) Dir. Howard Hawks “Oh, they ain’t human!” “I know, they’re newspapermen!” Kids today would call that a “sick burn” although it does demonstrate how our perception of the media hasn’t really changed in almost 80 years. His Girl Friday is in fact a remake of a 1931 film The Front … Continue reading His Girl Friday