Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Anyone who thinks that anime is simply full of wide-eyed, giggling young girls and over-the-top fantasy sequences clearly hasn’t seen the raw and unflinching Grave of the Fireflies. Film 4 have...
The Beguiled

The Beguiled

When you think of the American Civil War, chances are you think of grandiose white porches, women in bustling skirts and more than a hint of melodrama. Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled has all ...
My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel is all dressed up as a mystery-romance but it is really, like Rachel herself, a story of rebellion. Rachel Weisz plays Rachel, the devastatingly beautiful widower who may run around ...
Compliance

Compliance

Craig Zobel’s 2012 film Compliance has prompted extreme reactions since its release. When it toured the festival circuit, people walked out; critics have professed their dismay at its attitude toward...

Phenomena

Phenomena (also known as Creepers) is set in the so-called “Swiss Transylvania” and follows young high schooler Jennifer Carvino (played by Jennifer Connolly) in a boarding school murder-mystery like...
Blood Father Mel Gibson

Blood Father

Of late, my local multiplex seems hellbent on preventing me from going to the cinema. Several films that I have wanted to go and see had screen time of approximately less than a week before disappear...

Stalker

The over-looked masterpiece Stalker which was adapted from the novel Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers, which was recently restored by Curzon Artificial Eye as part of their Sculpting Time R...

Crimewave

Crimewave is one of those films that should have been a lot better than the finished product. In 1985 the director Sam Raimi was hired to work with a script written by the up and coming talent that w...

Shoot ‘Em Up!

Filmmakers are always striving. Whether it is for authenticity, the ultimate laugh or the biggest heartache the films are usually curtailed by the need to keep it real. What if they did not need to? ...

Troll 2

Films as a general rule, are meant to entertain.  And in order to entertain, regardless of the genre, it is generally accepted that a few principles need to be adhered to.  For instance, the acting a...