An often explored topic on British screens is the cultural divide between the upper and the lower classes, the economic hardship it creates and the negativity that emerges out of desperation for those in need. Based on the Oscar Wilde story of the same name, “The Selfish Giant” produces an impassioned and sophisticated insight into such struggle.
Although usually referenced in context of the still existing art/porn debate in the history of filmmaking, Nagisa Ôshima’s film, instead of being a pornographic melodrama built on shock value, is a journey into culture and character in a self-destructive love story about emotional and sexual obsession set in pre-war Japan. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS
England’s unlikely television hero Paul Potts shocked the nation after winning “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2007, overcoming his unconventional appearance and stage fright to claim the lucrative prize and David Frankel’s unusual decision to cinematise his story leaves me with a feeling of hesitancy.
Masaki Kobayashi’s next film after the 1962 samurai drama ‘Seppuku’ (aka ‘Harakiri’) uses the narrative of a horror anthology to tell four separate ghost stories (Kaidan) of haunted people and disturbed spirits. In contrast with ‘Seppuku’ and his epic war trilogy ‘The Human Condition’ Kobayashi’s horror is a colourful, theatrical example of Japanese surrealist expressionism. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS
Unanimously deemed one of the most controversial films ever made by all those who see it. Pier Paolo Pasolini delves into the abject abscesses of human spirit in his adaptation of Marquis de Sade’s 18th century novel.
David Cronenberg’s chillingly realist gangster film follows the workings of the Russian mafia in London.
Director Jim Jarmusch has never made conventional genre films – after the unbreakable samurai code of ‘Ghost Dog’ or the spiritual western journey of ‘Dead Man’ it is no surprise that his 2013 vampire film is not really about vampires, but a certain melancholic nostalgia towards past times. However, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ is a shallow statement on passing time, and doesn’t have anything new to say about modern society, nor vampires themselves. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS