The Platform (El Hoyo)

Release: Friday, March 20, 2020  →Netflix Written by: David Desola; Pedro Rivero Directed by: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia In any other year the Spanish-produced, dystopian horror/thriller The Platform would still be an interesting albeit nauseating allegory for the dog-eat-dog world in which we live. Now, in the era of a global pandemic, with priorities shifted and critical resources running inContinue reading “The Platform (El Hoyo)”

Parasite

Release: Friday, November 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: Bong Joon Ho; Jin Won Han Directed by: Bong Joon Ho I don’t know why, or how, I have never seen a Bong Joon Ho movie before now. The South Korean filmmaker is one of those major voices of world cinema that’s hard to ignore. Yet here I am, crawlingContinue reading “Parasite”

The Wandering Earth

Release: Monday, May 6, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Gong Ge’er; Junce Ye; Yan Dongxu; Yang Zhixue; Frant Gwo Directed by: Frant Gwo Describing The Wandering Earth as an ambitious movie is an understatement. That’s like saying Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad had cult followings. The sheer scale and spectacle on display make the likes of Michael Bay and PeterContinue reading “The Wandering Earth”

Decades Blogathon — Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927)

Here we are in the penultimate day in the 2017 edition of the Decades Blogathon. It’s been a really fun one to co-host yet again with the sterling Mark from Three Rows Back. With any luck this is a trend that will continue, it’s just so great having the contributions we’ve had three years inContinue reading “Decades Blogathon — Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927)”

Train to Busan

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Yeon Sang-ho Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho Train to Busan is a breathless and brutal South Korean zombie flick that broke a number of records last year, becoming the first Korean feature to breach the $1 million mark at the Singaporean box office. Over the past several months it has taken theContinue reading “Train to Busan”

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Jafar Panahi Directed by: Jafar Panahi Jafar Panahi is an Iranian filmmaker seemingly undeterred by the consequences of his actions. Those consequences have, as a matter of fact, formed the basis of some of his oeuvre, such as his acclaimed 2011 documentary This is Not a Film, wherein he captured a day inContinue reading “Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)”

Bølgen (The Wave)

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015  [Redbox] Written by: John Kåre Raake; Harald Rosenløw-Eeg Directed by: Roar Uthaug Norway’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards failed to garner a nomination. While I would like to say it was their loss for turning away a disaster film that puts mostContinue reading “Bølgen (The Wave)”

Baskin

Release: Friday, March 25, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Can Evrenol; Ogulcan Eren Akay; Cem Ozuduru; Ercin Sadikoglu Directed by: Can Evrenol This review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. It’s another underground foreign film that I have heard few, but interesting, things about and I’d like to thank James for the opportunity toContinue reading “Baskin”

In a Time For Sleep

Release: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 [Vimeo] Written by: Tofiq Rzayev; Mehmet Fatih Güven Directed by: Tofiq Rzayev This marks yet another collaboration I’ve had as part of the writing staff over at Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. A shout-out to James for passing the word on to me about this short film. In a Time for Sleep uses aContinue reading “In a Time For Sleep”

The Measure of a Man

Release: Friday, April 15, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Stéphane Brizé; Olivier Gorce Directed by: Stéphane Brizé This review marks my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I would like to give James a shout-out for the opportunity to talk about another foreign film here.  The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) could turn outContinue reading “The Measure of a Man”