Category: drama

REVIEW: The Boar King (2014)

A typhoon sweeps across southern Taiwan, causing landslides that devastate a mountain community. A-Ying (Wu Yi-Ting), the owner of a local hot spring, steps out into the storm and is never seen again. His widow Mei-Cho (Lu Yi-Ching) is left to pick up the pieces, while a property developer starts pressuring the surviving residents to ...

REVIEW: Rebels of the Neon God (1992)

In a Taipei neighbourhood, the lives of two disaffected teenagers collide. Hsiao Kang (Lee Kang-sheng) struggles through cram schools at his father's insistence while growing steadily self-destructive. Ah Tze (Chen Chao-jung) is small-time thief who, along with his best friend Ah Ping (Jen Chang-bin) and girlfriend Ah Kuei (Wang Yu-wen), haunts the city's arcades and ...

“I am the saint of blasphemy” | The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

In 1988 the Martin Scorsese Biblical drama The Last Temptation of Christ was released by Universal Pictures under a storm of protest. There were calls for the film to be banned, and that any cinema in America that dared screen the film be boycotted. Controversy around religious features was, of course, nothing new. In 1979 ...

REVIEW: Unforgiven (2013)

In late 19th century Hokkaido two brothers disfigure a local sex worker. When the local sheriff Ichizo Oishi (Koichi Sato) refuses to punish the men with more than a fine, the local sex workers band together to offer a bounty of their own on the two brothers' lives. Among the bounty hunters who ride into ...

REVIEW: Far and Away (1992)

Joseph Donnelly (Tom Cruise) is an Irish farmer whose family home is burned on the orders of his landlord Daniel Christie. His attempt to murder Christie ends in failure when he is stabbed in the leg by Christie's headstrong daughter Shannon (Nicole Kidman). Before he can be executed for his crime, Joseph is rescued by ...

REVIEW: Family Business (1989)

Adam McMullen (Matthew Broderick) is a 23 year-old New Yorker living with an estranged relationship with his father Vito (Dustin Hoffman). He feels much closer to his grandfather Jesse (Sean Connery), a career criminal whose antics have led Vito to all but abandon him. When Adam stumbles upon what seems to be a low-risk high-reward ...

REVIEW: T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Nostalgia can be a killer. It makes you look back on the past with a false, rosy glow. It can make things seem happier than they were. Nostalgia can make you less driven to find a better future, in the false belief that things used to be much better beforehand. It can also be the ...

REVIEW: The Equation of Love and Death (2008)

Li Mi (Zhou Xun) drives a taxi in Kunming. She has been looking fruitlessly for her vanished boyfriend for four years. On the same day that she picks up two passengers that turn out to be desperate criminals (Wang Baoqiang and Wang Yanhui), she thinks she sees her missing lover - only he (Deng Chao) ...

REVIEW: Planetarium (2016)

Laura (Natalie Portman) and Kate (Lily-Rose Depp) are sisters performing a seance act in a Parisian nightclub when they are picked up by film producer Andre Korben (Emmanuel Salinger). After experiencing a supernatural presence at a private session Korben grows obsessed with capturing the phenomenon on screen, catapulting Laura towards movie stardom while he undertakes ...

REVIEW: The Dancer (2016)

Aspiring American dancer Loie Fuller (Soko) travels to Paris to launch her career, revolutionising dance in the process. The DancerĀ is a biographical drama based on the life of avant garde performer Loie Fuller, who exerted an enormous influence over the development of dance and theatrical lighting. It also pulls in noted ballet performer Isadora Duncan, ...