Movie Review – Fukushima 50

Fukushima 50 Movie Review (Cert 12A) Digital/VOD (Distributor: Altitude Film Entertainment) Running Time: 122 minutes approx.  March 11th has become an infamous date, not just because it is my birthday but for the events in Japan at 2:46pm on that day in 2011. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake quickly followed by a tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi … Continue reading Movie Review – Fukushima 50

The Traitor (Il traditore)

The Traitor (Il traditore) Italy (2019) Dir. Marco Bellocchio If you were part of a huge criminal organisation like the Mafia then the last thing you would do is become a police informer and spill the beans about the inner workings of this dangerous group. To ensure his place in Italian history - or infamy … Continue reading The Traitor (Il traditore)

Small Axe

Small Axe UK (2020) Dir. Steve McQueen In 2010, British director Steve McQueen had the idea of making a TV series for the BBC about the lives of black people in Britain, but after he started writing, McQueen realised he had enough material to tell individual stories instead. The result is Small Axe, five feature … Continue reading Small Axe

1918: The Battle Of Kruty (Крути 1918)

1918: The Battle Of Kruty (Крути 1918) Ukraine (2019) Dir. Aleksey Shaparev Many individual battles are fought during a global conflict that isn’t always well known outside of that country’s history, with the rarest of exceptions. This is where cinema steps up to allow the rest of us to learn about the struggles we weren’t … Continue reading 1918: The Battle Of Kruty (Крути 1918)

Blu-Ray Review – Hiroshima

Hiroshima (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 105 minutes approx. The events of August 6th 1945 will live in infamy, so much so that even if you don’t recognise the date, just hearing the name Hiroshima is enough to understand. Many dramatisations followed in its wake, one in particular being the … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Hiroshima

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)