Film bits and bobs

The Third Man (1949)

First published by Real Crime As Anton Karas’ zither leads in with its memorable theme, the title credits for The Third Man appear over a close-up of the instrument itself … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Renaissance (2006)

First published by EyeforFilm When a talented and ambitious young geneticist called Ilona Tasuiev (voiced by Romola Garai) is violently abducted in a car park, the DA’s office turns to … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pale Flower (1964)

First published by EyeforFilm Mid-ranking yakuza Muraki (Ikebe Ryo) has just been released from a prison stint for murder, and as he looks over the streets of Tokyo for the … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Le Havre (2011)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Polyhyphenate Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki’s latest deadpan treat offers a haven for old-fashioned French values. Review: “I used to live a Bohemian life in Paris,” aging, down-at-heel … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lights in the Dusk (2006)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: In the final part of Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki’s loser trilogy, a Helsinki night watchman is brought low by a treacherous dame and a venal society. … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Review first published by Film4 Descriptive synopsis: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return us to their stylised multi-story city of hard-boiled antiheroes, corrupt authorities, femmes fatales and whores with hearts … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Trance (2012)

My review for Grolsch Film Works. Trance opens with a cocky, well-dressed James McAvoy shot in tight close-up as he delivers a brisk monologue on the history of art and … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · 1 Comment


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