Lake

Zombie Lake (1981)

Zombie Lake first published by Little White Lies, as the 29th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column So attractive have zombies proven over the decades – especially since George A. Romero reconceptualised, modernised and politicised them in his pioneering Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978) – that they have not…

Diplomacy (2014)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, Jan 2015 Synopsis: Paris before dawn, 25th August 1944. With the Allies due in the city centre within hours, General Dietrich von Choltitz prepares to enact Hitler’s orders to level the capital with rigged explosives. The Swedish consul Raoul Nordling enters Choltitz’s suite at the Hôtel Meurice via…

Battleships

Pigs and Battleships (Buta to gunkan) (1961)

Pigs and Battleships (Buta to Gunkan) first published by Little White Lies Pigs and Battleships (Buta to gunkan), the fifth feature to have been made for Nikkatsu by Shôhei Imamura, opens with a clash of sound and image that sets the tone for the entire film. As we see the Japanese studio’s logo, the drum roll on…