The Irish film industry has almost consistently lived by the code “Quality over quantity” unlike the American film industry which is in a constant state of production cranking out new films what feels like every day. Only a handful...
The cheery title of this Argyris Papadimitropoulos directed film is in stark contrast to the subject matter within. Set on a small Greek island the opening scene depicts the arrival of a new doctor, Kostis, played by Makis Papadimitriou....
In structure, Heal the Living plays out like three separate stories: the first about a teenage boy who’s in a car accident that leaves him braindead, and his parents, who have to choose if they want to donate his...
There’s something about house guests. What gives them their cinematic ubiquity in everything from drama (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle) to comedy (You, Me and Dupree - I forgot that existed too)? Maybe it’s their limitless potential to...
In The Sense of an Ending, Jim Broadbent plays Tony Webster, a divorced curmudgeon who sells antique cameras, and whose daughter is expecting a baby. One day, he receives news of an inheritance—a diary—from the mother of a girl...
When it comes to films sequels, they are a tricky tightrope to walk. The very nature of a sequel is to offer the audience everything they loved about the original movie but on a much bigger scale, yet not...
The first sign of trouble comes early as young Francisca (Olivia Bond) shows an unsettling fascination with blood. Living with her parents in a house so remote it may as well be in a separate dimension, her life is...
Chan-wook Park, the acclaimed Korean director behind The Vengeance Trilogy, is one of the most exciting talents world cinema has to offer. After a brief flirtation with English-language filmmaking (2013’s Stoker), he returns to Korea to do what he...
It’s not easy for a film to accurately depict chaos. Confusion in any sense can be frustrating for an audience to the point where we practically beg for something to latch onto; a character, a goal, a motivation. We...
Mel Brooke once said that the best comedies can be put into two distinct categories; Normal people put into uncomfortable or extraordinary situations. Or extraordinary people put into normal everyday situations. So naturally, the wedding has been a fixture...
We open on a 1960’s chat show in which the host asks James Baldwin, a celebrated African-American author, why he was so pessimistic about the future of race relations. After all, there were now black mayors, politicians, actors. Surely...
Aggravated by the deception of their bank, antagonised by the freezing of their pension payment and motivated by the robbing of a bank, three unlikely old men decide to plan and carry out a bank heist to get what...