Trips through genres, subverting your expectations and getting progressively deeper, from hollywood teen sex comedy gauche-ness to Zen transcendence and then retreating from the brilliance and flare of the human condition. Just a stunning film.
Y Tu Mama Tambien
(2001) Starring:Gael Garcia Bernal, Maribel Verdu, Diego Luna Director:Alfonso Cuaron Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Mexican teenagers Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael Bernal) are friends as close as brothers. When their girlfriends decamp to 'do Europe' for the summer, they decide to dedicate their time to the pursuit of sex and partying. At a wedding reception they cross paths with Luisa (Maribel Verdu) a ..read more »
Beautifully crafted tale of humanity triumphing over ideology, chillingly fleshing out life behind the Iron Curtain and the numb horror of totalitarianism by showing how a few tiny almost random acts of compassion can have a butterfly effect far beyond their immediate repercussions. A total masterpiece.
Like all those American rite of passage films set in school but with a fire and edge that puts them to shame. Only a hint of nerd-boy wish-fulfillment in the script stops it being perfect. But we all like to see an aristocrat get a kicking don't we? Probably the best Danish film ever?
(2003) Starring:Linda Zilliacus, Andreas Wilson, Gustaf Skarsgard Director:Mikael Håfström Certificate:
Swedish drama. After being expelled from school for his violent behaviour, Erik (Andreas Wilson) is sent to a strict boarding school. Although he promises to his parents that he will do his best to fit in, Erik's silent defiance of the school's senior pupils brings down on him a system of brutal ..read more »
Don't be put off by the blurb on this one. This is a beautifully shot film about communication and humanity. It just happens to be set in Finnish Lapland at the close of WWII. But the essential elements of the story are universal. Brilliant visually and emotionally, and very entertaining. But you have better be okay with subtitles. . .
(2003) Starring:Victor Bychkov, Ville Haapasalo, Anni-Kristiina Juuso Director:Alexander Rogozhkin Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Offbeat World War 2 drama set in rural Lapland. A few days before Finland pulls out of the war, a Finnish sniper, Veiko (Ville Haapasalo) is left chained to a rock after being accused by his compatriots of being a pacifist and a reluctant fighter. But Veiko manages to unhinge the chains and break ..read more »
Just a very bizarre film. Like salad cream and peanut butter sandwiches; the ingredients are wrong but somehow the odd recipe produces something extraordinary. Degrading sex as penance and sacrifice in a cruel Christian fundamentalist culture with seventies bad taste thrown in. Yet it is moving and uplifting.
The integrity of one man counterpoints the futility, horror and stupidity of the first world war. The poetic justice of the general hoist by his own petard perfectly balances the pointlessness of the circumstances. I know it is a cliche but. . . one of the greatest anti-war cinematic statements of all time.
Paths Of Glory
(1957) Starring:Wayne Morris, Kirk Douglas, Timothy Carey Director:Stanley Kubrick Certificate:
During the First World War, the French Army attempts to break the military stalemate by attacking a German position known as Ant Hill. The orders are received by Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas), who is aware that the task is virtually impossible and will result in many deaths. The mission takes place ..read more »
A classic that everybody knows but few have seen. Superb in every way; maybe the most 'modern' fifty year old film that I have ever seen.
The Seventh Seal
(1957) Starring:Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand Director:Ingmar Bergman, Ingmar Bergman Certificate: Watch now: Included in all packages with LOVEFiLM Instant
Classic, much-parodied allegorical drama from director Ingmar Bergman. A knight (Max von Sydow) returns from the crusades to his plague-ridden homeland and engages Death (Bengkt Ekerot) in a game of chess. This leads the knight to ponder the question of whether or not God exists.
Despite not having been on a skateboard since about 1978 I really enjoyed this. A entertaining evocation of the era and depicting the divisiveness of fame and commercial success on the group of Socal friends that pioneered modern skateboarding. A real feel good movie!
Probably even cleverer than it makes you think it is trying to be. Defies you to actually KNOW what is really happening at any point. Anybody who 'got' this before the end is just fooling themselves.
(2000) Starring:Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Director:Christopher Nolan Certificate:
Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) is suffering from acute short-term memory loss and is unable to remember anything for more than a few minutes at a time. This means that not only does he have no idea who he is, but that also, whenever he meets someone, a few minutes later he will have forgotten who they ..read more »
Complex, multi-layered western in the classic mould. Great cast on top form and with a depth that lifts it way above the regular 'horse opera'.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
(1962) Starring:Ken Murray, Lee Van, Strother Martin Director:John Ford Certificate:
Classic Western starring John Wayne and James Stewart. Big-city lawyer Ransom (Stewart) heads into the Wild West outpost of Shinbone to bring local outlaw Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin) to justice. En route, he is met by a posse led by Valance, who beat him within an inch of his life. Passing cowboy ..read more »