The Maid

The Maid Thailand (2020) Dir. Lee Thongkham The relationship between servant and master is an unpredictable one. In some cases, there is a separation that remains throughout where everyone knows their place, in others, tenure and quality of work will have some staff feel like part of the family. Then, there is that line that … Continue reading The Maid

The Prey

The Prey Cambodia (2018) Dir. Jimmy Henderson It is remarkable how people in a position of privilege, wealth and power often have the loosest grip on their humanity, as if it is some kind of Faustian payoff - you can have all the material goods and influence you desire but at the cost of your … Continue reading The Prey

The Conversation

The Conversation US (1974) Dir. Francis Ford Coppola Back in the 1980s, the four hosts of hidden camera TV show called Game For A Laugh would sign off saying, “Watching us, watching you, watching us, watching you”. It was a cute slogan to get us to tune in to watch others be pranked but it … Continue reading The Conversation

Svaha: The Sixth Finger

Svaha: The Sixth Finger Korea (2019) Dir. Jang Jae-Hyun Extreme religious doctrine can be scary for of us those on the outside of it, but as religion is not a singular concept, conflicting opinions as to whose God is the one true deity and which teachings are the right ones can also be dangerous among … Continue reading Svaha: The Sixth Finger

Sorcerer

Sorcerer US (1977) Dir. William Friedkin There’s taking risks then there is taking risks. Some do it for the thrill others do it for the money or whatever rewards benefit them. Skill and tenacity will get you so far but when your life is endangered by these risks, is it going to be enough? Porvenir, … Continue reading Sorcerer

Ma

Ma US (2019) Dir. Tate Taylor Never depend on the kindness of strangers. It didn’t do Blanche Dubois any good and there is a very good chance it might not always work out for you either, as you never know just into whose hands you are putting your life. Teenager Maggie Thompson (Diana Silvers) moves … Continue reading Ma

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (Inrang)

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (Inrang) Korea (2018) Dir. Kim Jee-woon Having recently reviewed the classic anime film Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade I was intrigued to learn a live action version surfaced on Netflix in 2018 but not from Japan but from Korea, and directed by the sublime Kim Jee-woon. Expect many comparisons and contrast between Illang … Continue reading Illang: The Wolf Brigade (Inrang)

Fate /Apocrypha Part 2

Fate /Apocrypha Part 2 (Episodes 13-25)(Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 288 minutes approx.  After a hefty first half overflowing with characters, and half-baked plotlines, the second part of Fate/Apocrypha begins at a point where a few notable fatalities have trimmed the fat from the cast list, and a central antagonist has … Continue reading Fate /Apocrypha Part 2

The Spy Gone North (Gongjak)

The Spy Gone North (Gongjak) Korea (2018) Dir. Yoon Jong-bin North vs. South has been a long-standing basis for a feuds in numerous countries across history (except in Germany where it was East vs. West because they had to be different) but one of the longest running would be that in bifurcated Korea. In 1993, … Continue reading The Spy Gone North (Gongjak)

Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/2 discs Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo (Distributor: Anime Ltd.) Running time: 102 minutes approx. It’s hard to keep a grip on your reality as a human being when you are firmly placed in a situation that requires you to think like an animal, hunting down the enemy and … Continue reading Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade