REEL Review – Another Round (2020)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | 1h 55mins | Drama | Language: Danish Martin (Mads Mikkelson), along with three of his High School teacher friends, test a theory that keeps a constant level of alcohol in their blood in order to improve productivity. Thomas Vinterberg hasn’t collaborated with Mads Mikkelsen since The Hunt (2012), a film that is easily one of the best films of the last … Continue reading REEL Review – Another Round (2020)

REEL Review – Bad Tales (2020)

Director: Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo | 1h 38mins | Drama | Language: Italian During a scorching summer just outside of Rome, tensions rise between a few suburban families. At the heart of them is their kids, who are influenced heavily by their parents behaviour. The D’Innocenzo’s Bad Tales is a weird film, it creates tension in the strangest of places as well as finding an … Continue reading REEL Review – Bad Tales (2020)

REEL Review – The Intruder (2020)

Director: Natalia Meta | 1h 30mins | Thriller, Horror | Language: Spanish When Inés’ (Erica Rivas) boyfriend dies on their romantic trip, she begins to struggle with nightmares and visions. When it begins interfering with her work and singing, she seeks help to stop them. Natalia Meta’s intriguing black comedy is a confusing and sometimes funny journey into the psyche of a woman suffering from … Continue reading REEL Review – The Intruder (2020)

REEL Review – Never Gonna Snow Again (2020)

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert | 1h 53mins | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | Languages: Polish, Russian Zhenia (Alec Utgoff), a Russian speaking immigrant, works as a masseur for wealthy people living in a large housing complex. When he gets a reputation for healing and hypnotising, the rich people hire him to take away their pain. Szumowska links up with her regular cinematographer Michal Englert (this … Continue reading REEL Review – Never Gonna Snow Again (2020)

REEL Review – 200 Meters (2020)

Director: Ameen Nayfeh | 1h 36mins | Adventure, Drama | Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English Mustafa (Ali Suliman), a Palestinian man lives 200 meters away from the Palestine/Israel border. When his son is hospitalised on the other side of the wall, he must find a way to be smuggled across. 200 Meters is a film with a strong social discord, taking place on the conflicted border … Continue reading REEL Review – 200 Meters (2020)

REEL Review – Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) (2020)

Director: Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri | 1h 56mins | Drama Two people living deep in the heart of Nigeria attempt to leave and make a new life for themselves abroad. With a constant string of obstacles in their way, both Mofe (Jude Akuwudike) and Rosa (Temiloluwa Ami-Williams) struggle to find a way out of Lagos. If Farewell Amor (2020) was the personal and individualistic approach … Continue reading REEL Review – Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) (2020)

REEL Review – Undine (2020)

Director: Christian Petzold | 1h 30mins | Drama, Horror | Language: German Undine (Paula Beer) has her heartbroken when her boyfriend confesses being with another woman. When she finds a new love in Christoph (Franz Rogowski), the pain of her previous relationship starts to take it’s toll. Undine is the latest film by celebrated German auteur Christian Petzold, an often emotionally complex Romance that laces … Continue reading REEL Review – Undine (2020)

REEL Review – The Disciple (2020)

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane | 2h 7mins | Drama | Language: Marathi Sharad Nerulkar (Aditya Modak) spends his life dedicated to the art and culture of Classical Indian music under the wing of his Guru and the teachings of his Father. When he struggles to find excellence and fame, Sharad questions whether or not his dedication has been worthwhile. Chaitanya Tamhane’s newest film is aptly named … Continue reading REEL Review – The Disciple (2020)

Editor’s Pick – Maborosi (1995)

Director: Hirozaku Koreeda | Runtime: 1h 50mins | Drama After being happily married for a short while, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) and her young child lose their husband and father, seemingly in a suicide, and attempt to move on with their lives without any explanation. Director Hirozaku Koreeda has carved one of the best careers for any working filmmaker today, creating some incredibly genuine and engaging … Continue reading Editor’s Pick – Maborosi (1995)

REEL Review – Onibaba (1964)

Director: Kaneto Shindo | Runtime: 1h 43mins | Drama, Horror | Language: Japanese Two women make a living by killing Samurai and selling their clothes for food. When an acquaintance comes back from the war, the relationship between the two women becomes fragile. Japan have always excelled at the connection between narrative and the spiritual breakdown of it’s characters, films like Woman in the Dunes … Continue reading REEL Review – Onibaba (1964)