Loveless (Nelyubov)

Loveless (Nelyubov) Russia (2017) Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev One has to wonder if Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev is eternally miserable because of the bleak films he makes, or whether Russia really is such a demoralising country that he is simply reflecting this is his works. Let’s hope it is the latter and Zvyagintsev is not just … Continue reading Loveless (Nelyubov)

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Love On Delivery (Poh wai ji wong)

Love On Delivery (Poh wai ji wong) Hong Kong (1994) Dirs. Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-Chi Stephen Chow has been the most prominent name in off-the-wall comedy from Hong Kong for two decades yet very few of his films have made it to the UK. Luckily for us, Amazon Prime have got their hands on … Continue reading Love On Delivery (Poh wai ji wong)

Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)

Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens) Germany (2014) Dir. Giulio Ricciarelli “Man is not born to be a hero. Right?” The above line from this film is spoken by a lawyer. Quelle surprise, I suppose you might say. But whilst designed as a “wink wink” reference to underline the perceived venality of the legal … Continue reading Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)

Clash (Eshtebak)

Clash (Eshtebak) Egypt (2016) Dir. Mohamed Diab It is universally recognised that religion and politics are two of the most divisive and incendiary topics of discussion people should avoid. Luckily, some of us live in a country where the two rarely cross paths; not everyone is so fortunate and their daily lives are dictated by … Continue reading Clash (Eshtebak)

The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes)

The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes) France (2015) Dir. Elie Wajeman “Love made me become an anarchist” As good a reason as any I suppose, but it turns out love was the downfall for the titular anarchists in this second feature from up-and-coming French director Elie Wajeman - that and a pedestrian script for what could have … Continue reading The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes)

Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (Shiko funjatta)

Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (Shiko funjatta) Japan (1992) Dir. Masayuki Suo One look at the above poster tells us pretty much all we need to know about this film and it certainly lives up to those perceptions story wise. As accurate as is to say Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t is every zero-to-hero sports film you’ve … Continue reading Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (Shiko funjatta)

The Final Master (Shi Fu)

The Final Master (Shi Fu) China (2015) Dir. Xu Haofeng Classic martial arts films involve a simple storyline around which a vengeful hero kicks lots of butt, with only a passing insight to the philosophy of combat. Xu Haofeng - like Bruce Lee - is a martial artist, scholar, film critic, and author, keen to … Continue reading The Final Master (Shi Fu)