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Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974)
Film Reviews

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974)

A comedy crime caper written and directed by Michael Cimino, Thunderbolt And Lightfoot is a bit of a strange beast, but also quite a delight. A light tone throughout allows the main players to have a lot of fun, even while (or even because) their characters spend much of their time […]

The Two Faces of January (2014)
Film Reviews

The Two Faces of January (2014)

The Two Faces of January is the directorial debut of British-Iranian screenwriter Hossein Amini (screenwriter of Jude (1996), The Wings of the Dove (1997) and Drive (2011)) and the latest Patricia Highsmith adaptation after Strangers on a Train (1951), Plein Soleil (1960), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and Ripley’s Game […]

Fruitvale Station (2013)
Film Reviews / Reviews

Fruitvale Station (2013)

One of the top films in this year’s Sundance Film Festival was this intense début from Sundance Labs filmmaker Ryan Coogler and producer Forest Whittaker.  Based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was fatally shot by police on New Year’s Day 2009, Coogler’s film has […]

Common Decency and the Banality of Evil
Feature / Spotlight

Common Decency and the Banality of Evil

Face to Face: Common Decency and the Banality of Evil – Two One-Set Films (12 Angry Men/Conspiracy) Here are two compelling views of the opposite ends of the human soul. Both are highly dramatic and skilfully achieved, their goals in close quarters and similar fashion – one room, a group of […]

A Touch of Sin (2013)
Feature / Film Reviews

A Touch of Sin (2013)

A Touch of Sin is Jia Zhangke’s portrait of the new China, a society which is caught in the gap between tradition and ruthless capitalism gone awry, where greed, corruption and despair are rampant and fully embraced by the new rich. Jia Zhangke is a representative of the so-called ‘Sixth […]

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
Feature / Film Reviews

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

For their latest cinematic effort, sibling filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner have stripped back a story passed down through Internet message boards, telling of the curious journey of one Japanese woman who travels to the other side of the world to find treasure. Together as screenwriters, they filled in the […]

47 Ronin (2013)
Film Reviews

47 Ronin (2013)

A new adaptation of an old tale, 47 Ronin is a flawed film, yet not without some enjoyable moments. Carl Rinsch makes his feature directorial debut, after a number of shorts that seem to have shown some great potential (according to the feedback I could find on them), and he doesn’t […]

Frank (2014)
Feature / Film Reviews

Frank (2014)

The first thing you notice about Frank is his face. Or to be more precise, the first thing you notice is that you cannot see his face. At all times, and this includes in the shower, he wears a giant fake head. If you think you might have seen this […]

Dead By Dawn 2014: The Essential Overview
Feature / Festivals

Dead By Dawn 2014: The Essential Overview

The reviews are all written, I have almost recovered some hours of lost sleep, and that’s about it for Dead By Dawn 2014, but the reviews are just a small sample of what I experience every year at this festival. Things started off with a White Russian or two when […]

Hobson’s Choice (1954)
DVD Reviews

Hobson’s Choice (1954)

Like another King Lear, old man Hobson, a widower, has three grown daughters to contend with. Unmarried (and unpaid), they work in his boot shop and do everything for him, freeing him up to go drinking with his buddies at the Moonraker pub on a daily basis. You’d think that […]