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


Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) Iceland (2016) Dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson It might seem that geography would have no bearing on the trials of childhood and the universally experienced journey through puberty but this isn’t true. For some it might be a case of cultural traditions that make all the difference, for others it really is a result … Continue reading Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Wet Dreams (Mongjeongki)

Wet Dreams (Mongjeongki) Korea (2002) Dir. Jung Cho-Shin Yup it’s that kind of film. Despite American Pie flopping at the Korean box office its presence was enough to inspire a domestic take on the “gross out” comedy genre. First came Sex Is Zero in 2002 followed a month later by Wet Dreams, whether anybody asked … Continue reading Wet Dreams (Mongjeongki)

Our Times (Wo De Shaonu Shidai)

Our Times (Wo De Shaonu Shidai) Taiwan (2015) Dir. Frankie Chen Growing up is so hard to do but is life better when we‘re adults? And does looking back on the past explain where we are today? In her directorial debut, noted Taiwanese TV producer Frankie Chen ponders this notion through a trip down memory … Continue reading Our Times (Wo De Shaonu Shidai)

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (Bang Gang (une histoire d’amour moderne))

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (Bang Gang (une histoire d'amour moderne)) France (2015) Dir. Eva Husson If ever there were an aphorism not open to debate, it would be “Every generation thinks it invented sex”. French director Eva Husson explores this in her debut offering which, rather shockingly - but then again not so … Continue reading Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (Bang Gang (une histoire d’amour moderne))

Au revoir l’été (Hotori no sakuko)

Au revoir l'été (Hotori no sakuko) Japan (2014) Dir. Kôji Fukada A Japanese film with a French title conjures up a number of possibilities of what it could entail, yet conversely the content of a French film with a Japanese title would be blindingly obvious. In this instance we are given two clues as Au … Continue reading Au revoir l’été (Hotori no sakuko)

The World’s End

The World's End UK (2013) Dir. Edgar Wright The Godfather Trilogy. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. The Infernal Affairs Trilogy. The Cornetto Trilogy. If the last one doesn’t sound immediately familiar that is because it is an unofficial trilogy insofar as there isn’t an overarching or connecting story across all the films. The only … Continue reading The World’s End