By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu)

By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu) France/Belgium (2019) Dir. François Ozon “God teaches us to love children. Just not that much.” These words are not meant in jest, spoken by a high-ranking cardinal when discussing an accusation of historical sexual child abuse by one of his priests. Based on real events, this is … Continue reading By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu)

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man UK (1980) Dir. David Lynch In this current climate of people desiring fame and attention for the vainest and shallow of reasons, we must not overlook those who achieve it through their misfortune as exploited by others. That this is more infamy than fame, there are few more notable the tragic case … Continue reading The Elephant Man

I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová)

I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová) Czech Republic (2016) Dirs. Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb “I know I’m a psycho but an enlightened one.” Reading the mind of a murderer will not make for an easy experience, as I am sure any psychologist will agree, though it is not always the case that the subject is … Continue reading I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová)

The Sapphires

The Sapphires Australia (2012) Dir. Wayne Blair “Can you do it blacker?” Not really the sort of thing to say to a group of Aboriginal singers who have endured a measure of racism in their lives but in context, it’s one of the wittier jokes in this musical rage-to…well rags tale based on a true … Continue reading The Sapphires

The Real Life Of Johannes Pääsuke (Johannes Pääsukese tõeline elu)

The Real Life Of Johannes Pääsuke (Johannes Pääsukese tõeline elu) Estonia (2019) Dir. Hardi Volmer If you don’t know the subject of this film, you’ll find “Real Life” is slightly dishonest as little is actually known about the life of Johannes Pääsuke, other than he is recognised as Estonia’s first filmmaker, and died at the … Continue reading The Real Life Of Johannes Pääsuke (Johannes Pääsukese tõeline elu)

The Last Princess (Deokhyeongju)

The Last Princess (Deokhyeongju) Korea (2016) Dir. Hur Jin-Ho One of the moe painful chapters in Korean history was the Japanese occupation at the turn of the 20th century, Many films have been made about this already, dramatising the effects it had on civilians, military personnel, resistance fighters, and even artists. As he title implies, … Continue reading The Last Princess (Deokhyeongju)

Escape From Alcatraz

Escape From Alcatraz US (1979) Dir. Don Siegel They said it couldn’t be done but in 1962, three inmates apparently did just that - they escaped from what was America’s most notoriously improbable prison to break out of, the floating fortress that was Alcatraz. Based on the book by J. Campbell Bruce, this is the … Continue reading Escape From Alcatraz