What Can Spanish Cinema Teach Us?

The label ‘foreign language film’ tends to summon up images of worthy arthouse fare and the repackaging of other people’s culture under the safe prejudiced assumption that cinema is solely the preserve of the English-speaking world. This patronising label unfairly reduces great talent and innovative films to minority interest and novelty.   Let’s pick twoContinue reading “What Can Spanish Cinema Teach Us?”

On The Believer (2001) – The Only Good Film About Faith

The Believer (2001) is a simple story of a modern Neo-Nazi but unlike American History X, this isn’t a tragic redemption story. No, the twist in this tale is the protagonist is a Jew. The story is about Danny Balint, a young man committed to the Nazi ideal. It starts with him beating a youngContinue reading “On The Believer (2001) – The Only Good Film About Faith”

Why Modern Cinema Needs David Cronenberg.

Mr Cronenberg’s films were of the type distinctly not welcome in our house growing up. They were the sort my parent’s slave mentality would call dirty films. Not good or bad artistically. Dirty. Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986), Crash (1996) and eXistenZ (1999) are movies that totally affront the values of mainstream society. I imagineContinue reading “Why Modern Cinema Needs David Cronenberg.”

Peckinpah’s Finest: The Argument for The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Don’t make me out no saint, but don’t put me down too deep. The what of the who? Right? I’m trusting you’ve never heard of this movie and I’m going to tell you why it’s worth your time. The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a comedy western, and to the surprise of many, the filmContinue reading “Peckinpah’s Finest: The Argument for The Ballad of Cable Hogue”

Minamata (2020): Review

“Check your settings. You cannot let your emotions run the show… focus on the photograph you want to take. Focus on what you want to say. Do it now.” W. Eugene smith Minamata (2020) tells the true story of mercury poisoning in a Japanese fishing community and the celebrated photographer that covered the story forContinue reading “Minamata (2020): Review”