Director: Katie Wolfe
Starring: Calvin Tuteao, Dean O’Gorman, Pana Hema-Taylor, Nathalie Boltt, George Henare, Vicky Haughton . New Zealand . 1h 16m
Based on : the novel Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera.
Even though 80% of what I watch is considered “World Cinema” there are still areas which I find it hard to break into, and for some strange reason New Zealand is one of them, mostly because the only film anyone ever talks about is Once Were Warriors! Even I’ve been guilty of it, I’ve searched for the next fix, and I thought I had found it with The Last Saint, while a gritty drama it just didn’t pack the power of Once were Warriors, but I didn’t give up, New Zealand Cinema has a lot to offer and while this isn’t the very best, I found it to be a charming alternative albeit a little bit basic. Continue reading Kawa (2010)
Director: Alfonso Brescia.
Starring. Robert Hoffman, Irina Demick, Pilar Velazquez, Adolfo Celi. Italy. 1h 32m.
I’m not sure what the fascination is with the Giallo scene and parks, houses being on the edge, and girls getting killing in them. But this was a bit of a jumbled mess for me, I got the story but some of the characters were a little too bat-shit-crazy to make the film all that plausible. Continue reading Ragazza Tutta Nuda Assassinata Nel Parco / A girl killed in the park (1972)
Starring: Frederick Leonard, Daniel K Daniel,Adaora Ukoh, Vivien Ike, Juliet Ibrahim, Ekanna Igwe, King Joe and Uche Iwuji. Nigeria.
Telling a slightly different twisted love story than the average Nigerian film. A wife starts to think that her husband (Leonard) is having an affair, after confiding in her best friend they start to do some sleuthing, they come to the initial conclusion that nothing is going on but the wife is pretty sure there is something dodgy going on, after searching his phone she finds a few messages from his fancy woman, shocked and disgusted to returns to her best friend who really goes into action and they determine who this woman is. After threatening her a happy family life assumes and the husband confesses, but this time the wife finds herself a male friend to confide in. Their friendship starts to get a little heated, but one night while drinking the wife falls asleep and awakes in her friend’s bed, naked. Assuming he roofied her, despite him promising that he’s innocent they promise not to speak of it or see eachother again but then pictures of her naked arrive on her husbands phone. They break up but she’s determined to work out what’s going on. Continue reading Under My Skin (2015)
Director: Seyi Babatope
Starring: Weruche Opia OC Ukeje Beverly Naya Oreka Godis Gideon Okeke Bukky Wright Desmond Elliot Wale Ojo. Nigeria. 1h 40m
This has to be one of the best produced Nollywood films I’ve seen for some time, not only is the sound ok, but the production is not notch and it used some really artistic camera techniques, and it even has it’s own Wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…When_Love_Happens Continue reading When Love Happens (2014)
Director : Charles Novia
Starring : OC Ukeje,Beverly Naya, Okey Uzoeshi . Nigeria.
There are some massive problems with the production of Nigerian movies, from shoddy sound and camera work to terrible continuity issues, but this film doesn’t suffer any of those, the production is top notch for a Nigerian movie and actually better than a lot of films with a developed film industry. But what it lacks is an interesting story and for a Romantic Comedy it has no comedy.. Actually it has no romance either.. Continue reading Alan Poza (2013)
Starring: Fredrick Leonard, Bolanle Ninalowo, Seun Omolaja, Esther Audu. Nigeria. 1h 15m
This is going to be a review and a Post Discussion so there are going to be spoilers but I will highlight them later. This was one of the shorter Nollywood films that wasn’t part of a series, I find these tend to speed through the details but it was still a deep and thrilling story but sadly had a weak ending. Continue reading Unjustified (2016)
Director: Shane Carruth.
Starring: Shane Carruth, Amy Seimetz, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins. USA. 1h 36m
So after the success of Primer (2004) Shane Carruth is back with even more bizarro Lo fi sci fi that he refuses to explain to deeply and again no one questions why they just sit back and let the story take them away.
The story is unusual but is more linear but remains open for interpretation, which can be annoying sometimes but Shane Carruth manages to make it more enthralling by giving the viewer more opportunities to accept his dream like story… that starts out as a nightmare. Continue reading Upstream colour (2015)
Dark Summer (Horror, Thriller, 2015) () D: Paul Solet W: Mike Le P: C: Keir Gilchrist, Stella Maeve, Maestro Harrell, Peter Stormare. 1h 21m. USA, UK.
Synopsis : A 17-year-old is on house arrest for the summer while his mother is away on business. A horrifying incident occurs leaving an ominous presence in the house.
TAGLINE : Some crushes last forever
This American supernatural thriller starts slow and unassuming, the camera work is lazy and the pictures hazy but it details the plights of a teenage boy who is under house arrest after stalking his high school crush, after she commits suicide he becomes convinced that her ghost is haunting him. Continue reading Dark Summer (2015)
Director: Paul McGuigan.
Starring: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay . UK/USA. 1h 50m.
Frankenstein steampunk extravaganza, with more attention paid to the look and feel than the characters and plausibility.
For some reason we’re meant to feel sorry for Victor Frankenstein as he’s often the forgotten part in this tragic story cue the violins bitches. Somehow the most iconic mad scientist is apparently a distant memory?? What the fuck? Anyway this film is supposed to rekindle our love for him, illuminate his persona and resurrect his memory, except it focuses in on igor… in this instance, Igor the deformed circus clown, later to become Igor (Ratcliffe) with the brain of a medical uni student, manages to cross paths with the hard done by Victor who recognises his medical talents when they rush to the rescue of Lorelei (Jessica Brown Findlay) the gorgeous acrobat and crush. Eventually the unloved intellectual clown is rescued from the circus and through a vile transformation turned from hunchback to gentlemen and given the identity of Igor, a useless student who’s supposed to be bunking with Victor. The two manage to reanimate some corpses and well we all know the story…
The movie draws on the modern fascination of Steampunk but then delivers on the mechanical sense of stunning visuals, detailed sets and costumes but shuffles around various ideas oh who Victor Frankenstein is without giving us the solid basis of a good story oh his character, instead it focuses in on Ratcliffs transformation I’m a romance between him and me acrobat, eventually in the latter half of the movie it remembers to chuck in a very brief scene and intro of Frankenstein’s monster and again whips us away on a different fantasy tale. Continue reading Victor Frankenstein (2015)
A lavish biopic, half artistic masterpiece half Spanish soap opera, this historical account of the life of Frida Khalo is a stunning as her work. I’m a little bias here as I’ve always studied artist and art literally for my whole life. And i wish there were more artist movies like this when I was school as it would have saved me a lot of reading.
It’s never easy to try and sum up an entire life in one film, it’s hard enough to summarise in it in a book, and there is always more in the book than a movie.. but this film does a great job at detailing a lot of the great features in this unusual diva’s life. Continue reading Frida (2002)