The Quiet Family

The Quiet Family (Choyonghan kajok) (2000)

The Quiet Family (Choyonghan kajok) first published by Movie Gazette Together with her parents (Park In-hwan, Na Moon-hee), her older brother and sister (Song Kang-ho, Lee Yun-seong) and her uncle (Choi Min-sik), seventeen-year old Kang Mi-na (Ko Ho-kyung) moves from downtown Seoul to a mountainous country region to open the ‘Misty Lodge’ – but their…

Torremolinos 73

Torremolinos 73 (2003)

Torremolinos 73 first published by Movie Gazette Madrid, 1973. Carmen Lopez (Candela Peña) longs to have a baby, but her devoted husband Alfredo (Javier Cámara) is no longer able to shift the military encyclopædias that he sells door-to-door, and cannot even afford the rent let alone the upkeep of a child. So when Alfredo’s boss…

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

The Butterfly Effect first published by Movie Gazette, 26 Feb 2004 Eric Bress and J. Mackye Grubo, who previously collaborated on the brilliantly fatalistic way-of-all-flesh shocker Final Destination 2, have pooled their considerable talents once again in writing and directing The Butterfly Effect, an intricately plotted time-travel psychodrama which mixes mind-bending inventiveness with engaging moral…

The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

The Passion of the Christ first published by Movie Gazette, 26 February, 2004, here reproduced in an altered version “What is truth?” asks Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov), and later he expands with his saintlike wife Claudia (Claudia Gerini) upon the problems raised by this question, as though it were a serious philosophical conundrum with…

The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

The Manchurian Candidate first published (in a slightly different version) by Movie Gazette, 11 December, 2004  John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962), based on Richard Condon’s 1959 novel of the same name, was a bleak, hallucinatory conspiracy thriller about a soldier who returns a decorated hero from the Korean War, but has in fact been…

The Descent

The Descent (2005)

The Descent first published by Movie Gazette, 27 June, 2005 In 2002, writer/director Neil Marshall had his feature debut with Dog Soldiers, bringing a group of squaddies on manœuvres into collision with a hungry pack of werewolves in the Scottish Highlands – a gripping, funny and satisfyingly gory shocker which put new hair on the back…

Into The Mirror

Into The Mirror (Geoul sokeuro) (2003)

Into The Mirror (Geoul Sokeuro) first published by Movie Gazette, 23 Oct, 2004 Woo Yung-min (Yoo Ji-tae) used to be a decorated sharpshooter for the Seoul police, but after a single error of judgement which led to the death of his partner in a mirrored nightclub, guilt and self-loathing have made him half the man…

Nightmares in a Damaged Brain

Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (aka Nightmare) (1981)

Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (aka Nightmare) first published by Movie Gazette, 21 July, 2005, and here revised and altered Meet George Tatum (Baird Stafford). Suffering from schizophrenia, amnesia, homicidal tendencies, dream fixation and seizures, he is “a dangerous psychotic”, and prime suspect for the recent sexual mutilation and murder of a Brooklyn family. Yet…

Belleville Rendez-vous

Belleville Rendez-vous (Les triplettes de Belleville) (2003)

Belleville Rendez-vous (Les triplettes de Belleville, The Triplets of Belleville) first published by Movie Gazette, 9 May 2003 A club-footed grandmother named Souza, a batty trio of vaudeville chanteuses known as ‘Les triplettes de Belleville’ (‘The Triplets of Belleville’), and a train-hating dog called Bruno are the unlikely heroes of Belleville Rendez-vous (aka Les triplettes…

The Day After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

The Day After Tomorrow first published by Movie Gazette, 26 Feb, 2004 In director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day (1996), a boffin eventually defeats the space aliens that have wrought explosive havoc all over America (and incidentally the rest of the world) – without provocation. In Godzilla (1998), a boffin eventually defeats the giant iguana that…

The Card Player

The Card Player (Il Cartaio) (2004)

The Card Player (Il Cartaio) first published – in a slightly different form – by Movie Gazette, Nov, 2004. The Italian term giallo denotes both the colour ‘yellow’ and a lurid film genre which, like the series of sensationalist Italian crime novels whose distinctive yellow sleeves provided its name, is full of masks, murder and…