Tag: film

REVIEW: Asako in Ruby Shoes (2000)

U-In (Lee Jung-jae) is a disenfranchised Korean public servant who has a boring life, constantly under-achieves and spends most of his spare time masturbating to Internet pornography. Aya (Misato Tachibana) is a depressed Japanese health centre employee who buys shoes he can't afford and plans to commit suicide by holding her breath. To earn some ...

REVIEW: The Favourite (2018)

In the year 1708, Great Britain is in a state of war with France. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is suffering gout and stricken by mental illness, while her rule is dominated by the scheming Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Malborough (Rachel Weisz). One day Sarah is visited by her impoverished cousin Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), who ...

“Just breathe” | Ever After (1998)

Fairy tales have been adapted to cinema for many decades. The most obvious is Walt Disney’s ground-breaking 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but as a genre they have been inspiring films since movies were in black and white and silent. Across the world, the fairy tale adaptation has seen a variety ...

REVIEW: The Looming Storm (2017)

Yu Guowei (Duhan Yihong) is a security guard working in a rain-soaked industrial town in 1997. When a serial killer begins murdering local woman, Yu's independent investigation becomes a personal obsession. It threatens his position at the factory where he works, as well as a growing relationship with sex worker-turned-hairdresser Yanzi (Jiang Yiyan). The Looming Storm, produced ...

REVIEW: Dad’s Suit (2018)

Elderly widower Chin-mao (Hsiao Hou-tao) lives alone in his family house in Pingxi. When a painful accident sees him admitted into hospital, his middle-aged children begin argue over whether or not to send him to a nursing home in Taipei. Chin-mao, however, stubbornly wants to spend his final days alone in Pingxi. Dad's Suit is the ...

REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

With England in an economic depression, bank teller Michael Banks (Ben Wishaw) struggles to keep his household in order following the recent death of his wife. When the bank threatens to foreclose on his loan, taking away his house in the process, Michael's family is revisited by Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt); the magical nanny that ...

REVIEW: The First Purge (2018)

In the near future, the American economy has collapsed to the point where the freshly elected "New Founding Fathers of America" enact a social experiment: seal off New York's Staten Island for 24 hours, during which time all crimes become legal. For the impoverished citizens of the island, each of whom is paid $5,000 to ...