Mystery Train (1989)

Review published by EyeforFilm “Hotels and airports are the things I forget,” declares 18-year-old Jun (Matasoshi Nagase), explaining to his girlfriend Mitsuko (Youki Kudoh) why he photographs the rooms where they stay, but not the places that they visit. Indeed, it is the common setting of a low-rent Memphis hotel over one eventful night that…

Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Stranger Than Paradise first published by EyeforFilm Although Jim Jarmusch already had his barely seen student thesis film Permanent Vacation (1980) to his name, it was his next feature, Stranger Than Paradise, that would launch him into the rarefied pantheon of great independent directors. It would garner, among other plaudits, the Camera d’Or at Cannes, the Golden Leopard…

Permanent Vacation (1980)

First published by EyeforFilm “You know, sometimes I just think I should live fast and die young, and go in a three-piece suit like Charlie Parker. Not bad, huh?” So says Aloysius ‘Allie’ Parker (Chris Parker) to his girlfriend of the moment Leila (Leila Gastil), as he preens and slicks back his hair before the…

Dead Man (1995)

Review first published by EyeForFilm William Blake (Johnny Depp) is taking the long train journey north to a frontier town called Machine at “the end of the line”, where he is to be employed as an accountant at Dickinson’s metalworks – but when he gets there, he discovers that the post is long gone, and…

Walks

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks Developed from Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2011 short film of the same name, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a modern fairytale, its allegorical tendencies underlined by the many disguises that it adopts. Arash (Arash Marandi) may be a citizen of ‘Bad City’, somewhere in Iran, but his…

Raindance

Japan’s Sun Rises Over The Raindance Film Festival 2014

JAPAN’S SUN RISES OVER THE RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2014 first published by FilmLand Empire Includes reviews of: Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats; The Lust Of Angels; Buy Bling, Get One Free!; Touching The Skin of Eeriness; And The Mud Ship Sails Away The Sundance Film Festival, America’s mecca of indie cinema, was never so-called for taking place in sunny times….