This dazzler from the Czech Republic coyly weaves a subtle dash of magic realism into the life of an ordinary little man, a Prague waiter who dreams of becoming a millionaire. We meet Jan Díte (Ivan Barnev and Oldrich Kaiser) as he exits a Czech prison sometime in the 60s, grateful for the amnesty thatContinue reading “I Served the King of England”
Sophisticated and stylish, Mike Hodges’ (Get Carter) Croupier is a contemporary film noir masterpiece; its star, Clive Owen, an embodiment of Humphrey Bogart’s detached cool not seen since Annette Benning’s performance in the Grifters. If you see only one indy film this year – make it Croupier. Clive Owen is Jack Manfred – an aspiringContinue reading “Croupier”
A Review of one of Marlon Brando’s lesser-known films.
In honour of St Paddy’s Day, here’s a look at some of my favourite Irish flicks. The top grossing Irish film of all-time is the sleeper hit The Crying Game (1992), starring Forest Whittaker and Miranda Richardson, about a British soldier captured by the IRA who finds himself drawn into their world. The film wasContinue reading “Irish Films – from both sides of the Atlantic”
This flick came out in 2005. But great movies, like great books, great songs – any great work of art, deserve to be revisited every so often. I see probably 300 movies a year and four years on, this one still plays in my mind as vividly as the first time I saw it. IContinue reading “Everything is Illuminated”
Filmmakers learn their art from those who came before them. In this case, there was Akira Kurosawa and Yojimbo in 1961; hundreds, if not thousands of Hong Kong chop-socky flicks; and the Japanese film industry’s obsession with the yakuza gangster flick in the 60’s and 70’s. Quentin Tarantino and Takashi Miike spent their youth andContinue reading “Sukiyaki Western Django!”