L'Argent

L’Argent (aka Money) (1983)

L’Argent first published by Movie Gazette, July 14, 2005 Two schoolboys (Marc Ernest Fourneau, Bruno Lapeyre) use a counterfeit banknote in a photography shop. The shop’s owner (Didier Baussy) then knowingly passes on the bill to innocent engineer Yvon (Christian Patey), and when Yvon is accused of forging the note himself, the owner and an…

What We Do Next

What We Do Next (2022)

What We Do Next has its world première at the Cinequest’s Cinejoy Film Festival 2022 16-year-old Elsa Mercado (Michelle Veintimilla) has been repeatedly molested by her father for some time, and now that he is starting to get physical with her younger brother too, she is at the end of her tether, but terrified that…

Third

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin) (2017)

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin) first published by RealCrime Magazine “You don’t need understanding or empathy to defend a client,” states defence lawyer Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama). “You’re not going to become friends.” Shigemori is currently defending fifty-something Misumi (Kōji Yakusho) on a murder charge. In the opening scene of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder,…

Survivors

Survivors Guide To Prison (2018)

Survivors Guide To Prison first published by RealCrime Magazine “This isn’t a film, it’s a movement,” states text at the end of Matthew Cooke’s Survivors Guide To Prison. Indeed, if the absence of an apostrophe from that title sounds like an attempt to break free from the prison-house of language, the film itself first exposes the insidious structures of the United States’ penal…

drink

Just One Drink (2015)

First published by EyeforFilm “The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.” This quote from Plato, appearing in text form at the beginning of writer/director/producer Andrew de Burgh’s Just One Drink, also establishes the short film’s central theme: the ambiguous guises of righteousness that injustice can adopt. We also…

Batman Begins (2005)

First published by Movie Gazette Since his first appearance in 1939, ‘The Bat-Man’, masked vigilante over the streets of Gotham City, has proved to be an enduring favourite of the comic book superheroes, due to his darkness, his mortality and, most importantly of all, the adaptability of his myth to changing times. On the big…

Fare

Night Fare (2015)

Night Fare first published by TheHorrorShow “There are no deadlines that never come due, no debts never paid.” This motto is displayed in the rear of a Parisian black cab for its passengers to read. “Scary, huh?” comments Luc (Jonathan Demurger), a local drug dealer showing his old Mancunian friend Chris (Jonathan Howard) a night…

Dredd

Dredd (2012)

Dredd first published by movieScope “Male – another Judge,” says mutant psychic Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), when asked to assess a stranger whom she cannot even see. “I can feel anger and control, but there’s something else, behind that control, something almost…” The male in question is Dredd (Karl Urban) who, as a Judge in…

The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: The film that bested A Prophet and The White Ribbon to 2010’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Juan José Campanella directs, co-writes, produces and edits an epic thriller set in junta-era Argentina. Review: “You see someone else, and what the other person is going through helps you see your own life.” Buenos…