Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Youth of the Beast

As beloved as it may be, Yojimbo wasn’t held in the highest of esteem yet it did champion universality in its storytelling that saw it remade and reinterpreted the world over, such where Akira Kurosawa’s talents. Whether that’s with Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars

Sofia’s Last Ambulance

The documentary format where a TV crew follow a public servant, chronicling their professions ins and outs has become supremely trite over the last decade, the BBC are the prime offenders with this. Like the game show, with each new one popping up it becomes

Lesson of Evil

Between his flirtation with every genre under the sun and his prolific nature, there is absolutely no else in the world like Takashi Miike. For a while now, he has been maturing as a director, seeking more than the exploitation films he made his name

The Visitor (AKA Stridulum)

Reaction of any art form is at its most visceral as the credits roll, typically appraisal of a given film falls into the sub-divisions of tone, atmosphere and narrative. At least that is the theory, every so often a film comes out of the ether

A Farewell to Arms (1932)

The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster recently had a run from progressive multimedia Theatre Company imitating the dog that adapted Ernest Hemingway’s anti-war novel A Farewell to Arms. During the same window, BFI issued a Blu-ray/DVD release of Frank Borzage’s 1932 Oscar-winning film (Best Cinematography and

Madame Dubarry (1919)

Ernst Lubitsch isn’t remembered for the silent work which Eureka’s Masters of Cinema is concerning themselves with at present, instead his name carries traction as a result of his famous light dramatic comedies of the 1930’s and 40s (To be or not to be, Trouble

A Jester’s Tale

Everybody vested to a certain degree in the pastime of cinema has their favourite actors and directors; the fascinating part of which is discovering who influenced them. This is doubly true when one discovers the people who influenced such a staunch surrealist and outsider like

A Touch of Sin

For the longest of times, the idea of Chinese filmmaking among the global populous didn’t really stretch past the borders of Hong Kong and its matchless action cinema.  It’s only been in recent years that mainland Chinese cinema has found its way into the global

Night Moves (2013)

Not to be confused with Arthur Penn’s under-appreciated mystery film starring Gene Hackman, Night Moves is the latest film from American minimalist Kelly Reichardt. It follows the current wave of films about radical environmentalists from the heart of the American indie. A trend of films

Branded to Kill

The textbook example of a film misunderstood in its own time, upon releasing Branded to kill the legendary Japanese director Seijun Suzuki was fired by Nikkatsu Studios because the film didn’t make any money and made even less sense. Nikkatsu even went to the length