The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

The Guardians (Les gardiennes) France (2017) Dir. Xavier Beauvois Stories from World War I continue to appear, adding new perspectives to improve our understanding of what life was like during this period, even when fictionalised. One area seldom explored is the women left to run the home whilst the men were fighting in the trenches, … Continue reading The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

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)

Tommy

Tommy Sweden (2014) Dir. Tarik Saleh  Hopefully the production details of this film will have made it abundantly clear that there are no deaf, dumb, and blind pinball wizards here so we can get that reference out of the way. What we do have is a gritty slice of Nordic Noir putting a unique and … Continue reading Tommy

Charade

Charade US (1963) Dir. Stanley Donen In what is surely a greater tribute to the man himself than the films in question, many cinematic offerings have had the lofty label of “The Best Film Hitchcock Never Directed” foisted upon them. Two of the more well known ones to actually deserve this epithet are Henri-Georges Clouzot’s … Continue reading Charade

Yearning (Midareru)

Yearning (Midareru) Japan (1964) Dir. Mikio Naruse In 1960’s Japanese cinema Godzilla was regularly levelling Tokyo, Kurosawa was redefining the Samurai movie and Seijun Suzuki was unleashing esoteric gangster films onto the world, yet old masters such as Yasujiro Ozu and Mikio Naruse were still delighting audiences with their gentle social dramas. The prolific Naruse’s … Continue reading Yearning (Midareru)