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
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
The most recent step in ‘Kids’ writer Harmony Korine’s controversial career, the dreamlike, club music-fuelled neon Disney princess exploitation is a flawed, but interesting approach to freedom and crime, led by one of the best James Franco performances. ‘Spring Breakers’ is sexy, intense, absorbing – however, still mediocre. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS
One always wonders whether the members of the Hollywood “Frat Pack” will ever break out of their formulaic brand of barely palatable yet highly profitable American comedy and the question regarding this latest release: Is Vince Vaughn’s ‘Delivery Man’ something different?