Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Escape from ‘Liberty’ Cinema

Second Run are one of the more remarkable labels operating in the UK, focusing on forgotten and obscure Eastern European films during the past decade. There is one concurrent theme common in many of the titles they pluck from obscurity, their political awareness. The by-product

Just Jim

Many actors take the leap from in front of the camera to behind it, while more common for established names who want to try something new or complete a passion project they’ve been sat on for years – there has been a swelling of young

Day of the Outlaw

Westerns and Martial Arts cinema have a remarkable amount in common, for one they remake each other with a significant consistency; but for the purposes of this review their kinship is important due to them being genre’s that are hard to penetrate for the uninitiated.

The Reflecting Skin

Poet, Author and Film Maker Philip Ridley made his directorial debut in 1990 with this 1950 set American Prairie Horror film. Thanks to the pulpy novels read his Dad the young Seth Dove (Jeremy Cooper) believes his secretive neighbour, Dolphin Blue (Lindsay Duncan), to be

A New Leaf

There is a great joy to be gleaned from the current golden age of boutique home video labels in their discovery of films previously lost to time; enter Masters of Cinema with their release of Elaine May’s A New Leaf. As expressed in the featured

Aferim!

Since Cristi Puiu’s 2005 breakthrough The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Western European audiences have grown accustomed to seeing a certain kind of film come out of Romania.  They came to be known as the Romanian New Wave, and even the most dedicated skeptic of national

Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between A Criminal & A Whore

Philippine director Khavn De La Cruz collaborates with Wong-Kar Wai alumni DP Christopher Doyle for Third Windows latest in an exceptionally difficult film to pigeon-hole due its outright evasion of genre convention. On its surface, Ruined Heart: Another Love Story between a Criminal & a

Andrew Kötting: By Our Selves

It is a bright, sunny day some time in 2014, and Eden Kötting is alive. She is drawing on a transparent sheet with a big black felt tip, and explaining how powerful people are all fools. This simple set-up is the basis for This Illuminated

All My Good Countrymen

A rural, bawdy, political epic with magical realist fringes, full of drinking, singing and close-ups on weathered peasant faces, Vojtěch Jasný’s 1968 film All My Good Countrymen is exactly the sort of thing some people think of when you talk about classic European cinema. Following

Song of the Sea

There is a problem in British Cinema and it’s the relationship with its own mythology and history; go to Korea, Japan, Scandinavia or India and you’ll find numerous movies, cartoons, comic books and other paraphernalia devoted to traditional folklore. British Cinema is more captivated by