Review “Meet me in St Louis”

For a so-called Christmas film this has precious little to do with Christmas. However, its climax occurs on Christmas eve, so it kind of fits. The story concerns a family in St Louis in 1904. The World Fair is going to be held there the following spring, and everyone is excited by the news. The…

Review “A Ghost Story”

“A Ghost Story” was released in 2017 and directed by David Lowery. It starred Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. This is not a horror movie. A man and a woman live in a house. They have some disagreement about living there – the woman wants to move, while her husband is not all that keen.…

Review “Ink”

“Ink” is a fantasy film made in 2009. It’s an independent production made on a low budget, and it contains no familiar actors. It is surprisingly good. It involves supernatural figures who give people good dreams or nightmares. The givers of good dreams are called Storytellers, while the givers of nightmares are Incubi. A mysterious…

Review “Lost Highway”

This 1997 neo-noir film is directed by David Lynch, somewhat notorious for films whose meaning is not readily apparent. I can think of three possible interpretations for this bizarre narrative. Or it might be something else entirely. There will be spoilers. The story starts with a character who has a strained relationship with his wife.…

Review “Upstream Colour”

Made in 2013, This film is directed by Shane Carruth, the director of the time travel story “Primer”. I liked “Primer”, but I’m not so sure about this. Briefly, the story is about a woman who is drugged by a man using some sort of worm. This makes her extremely suggestible, as if hypnotised. He…

Review “My Neighbour Totoro”

Made by Studio Ghibli in 1988, this gorgeous animated film is directed by the awesome Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the studio, and director of its best works. Totoro has become the studio mascot and is one of the most recognized characters of Japanese animation. The plot surrounds two young girls who move to the country…

Review “Laputa – Castle in the sky”.

There is something about the work that comes out of Studio Ghibli that just makes me smile. There’s also a lot to be said for good old-fashioned feel good movies. In the animated films from Studio Ghibli, you can expect beautiful art, beautiful music, and classical fairy-tale type stories. “Laputa – Castle in the sky”…

Review “Frenzy”

Made in 1972 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this was a very controversial film at the time, earning itself an R rating. This was due to graphic violence and nudity, depicting a rape and strangulation scene. The story revolves around a series of murders, and a man who is unjustly accused of the crime. It’s…

Review “Yojimbo”

“Yojimbo” is a classic film from the acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurasawa. It was made in 1961, and it is based on the novel ‘Red Harvest’ by Dashiel Hammett. It is the first of three films that have adapted this story. (“A Fistful of Dollars” and “Last Man Standing” can be regarded as remakes of…