Review “Rashomon”

This film was released in 1950, and directed by the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Ostensibly a murder mystery, it relates the tale of a samurai who has been found dead, his wife raped, and the enquiry into how this happened. The whole story is told in flashback. The framing device is that of three…

Review “Onibaba”

‘Onibaba’ was released in 1964, and is a black and white Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo. It’s often billed as horror, and it is certainly horrific, but not in the way you might expect. In fourteenth century Japan, during a time of civil war, two peasant women (Nobuko Otowa and Jitsuko Yoshimura), struggle to…

Review “Colossus: The Forbin Project” (1970)

Take cold war fears of nuclear annihilation, and add in an intelligent super-computer gone amuk, and you have ”Colossus: The Forbin Project”. This was certainly not the first time a computer taking over had been depicted on film – both “2001 A Space Odyssey” and “Alphaville” predate this, for example. The idea also appeared in…