HKIFF 2012: Day 10 Dim Sum Reviews: Taxi Driver, Truffaut & Snowtown

Not only was today April Fools Day and Day 10 of HKIFF 2012, but it was also my birthday, and I saw it as a personal gift from the festival itself to me that a newly restored print of one... More »

HKIFF 2012: Day 9 Dim Sum Reviews: Postcards From The Zoo, Woman In The Septic Tank & more

The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival is still going strong more than a week into its impressive programme of World Cinema. Today's viewing included a couple of notable independent films from two of Asia's more interesting and less explored... More »

HKIFF 2012: Day 8 Dim Sum Reviews: Mark Cousins' STORY OF FILM & LIVID

While the days may be getting longer, energy levels are steadily depleting, but the end of HKIFF 2012 is in sight. With less than a week to go now, however, the festival is showing no signs of letting up and... More »

HKIFF 2012: Days 6 & 7 Dim Sum Reviews: HARA-KIRI 3D, THE LONELIEST PLANET and more

It has been quiet for a couple of days at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, or for me at least, as real world commitments came between me and spending the day in a darkened room (not least having to... More »

HKIFF 2012: Day 5 Dim Sum Reviews: Miss Bala, Matsumoto Hitoshi & more

Today I finally got the chance to see a film that I had been itching to see since it premiered at Cannes last year. I also had the opportunity to see the new film from absurd Japanese genius Matsumoto Hitoshi,... More »

HKIFF 2012: Day 4 Dim Sum Reviews: Wish You Were Here, Corman, Policeman & more

I caught a strong, yet eclectic selection of films today, from as far-flung corners of the globe as Australia, Israel and the UK. While the overall quality may have declined as the day wore on, the weakest of the bunch... More »

HKIFF 2012: Day 3 Dim Sum Reviews: Rose, Sister, Wuthering Heights & more

My third full day at HKIFF 2012 proved to be another exceptionally strong one, and again I managed to take in four films, all from different countries. Below you can check out my brief thoughts on each of them, although... More »

HKIFF 2012: Day 2 Dim Sum Reviews: Guy Maddin, Tomboy, Alps & more

My second full day of films at HKIFF 2012 started as strongly as yesterday, but then devolved sadly in the evening with a couple of films with which I really struggled to find any discernible merit. As I have stated... More »

HKIFF 2012: Day 1 Dim Sum Reviews: Pang Ho Cheung, Koreeda, Black's Game & more

The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival is now well underway and over the next two weeks I shall be bounding enthusiastically around the city (to begin with at least), trying to cram in as many cinematic delights from around... More »

HKIFF 2012 Review: VULGARIA is Lewd, Crude & Flat-out Hilarious

Not content with having secured the opening night slot and a probable box office hit with his new rom-com sequel, LOVE IN THE BUFF, writer-director Pang Ho Cheung has completed another uproarious comedy that will also debut at this year's... More »

HKIFF 2012 Review: LOVE IN THE BUFF Quits Smoking but Keeps Us Laughing

(Giving this review a bump as the film enjoys its official world premiere tonight as opening film of the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival) Writer-director Pang Ho Cheung's 2010 comedy LOVE IN A PUFF was something of a happy... More »


Lee Jeong-Beom's blockbuster The Man From Nowhere is a film that struggles to keep two distinct target markets happy, torn on the one hand between satisfying impressionable young Koreans come to gawp at one of their brightest stars strutting his... More »


Animal Kingdom might look small-scale on paper, but David Michôd's moody Australian crime drama has a fairly broad scope. The film tracks the bickering and feuding between a Melbourne family of armed robbers and the way this mish-mash of co-dependent... More »


If you go into Li Yu's Buddha Mountain wanting more of the crude two fingers at mainland Chinese censors that was her earlier Lost In Beijing, you'll probably walk away disappointed. Buddha Mountain is still a raw, down and dirty... More »


For all its good points, Chung Mong-Hong's sophomore film The Fourth Portrait comes across as a huge disappointment after his excellent debut, Parking. Portrait wants to be a thoughtful, moving account of a young boy's childhood - a wistful account... More »

BIFF 2011: TWO IN THE WAVE review

Beautifully structured and produced, stuffed with satisfying little nuggets of information on the partnership between legendary directors Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Emmanuel Laurent's Two In The Wave is a great example of how to put together a populist... More »

BIFF 2011: LITTLEROCK review

Littlerock gets it. An awful lot of writers treat the formative experiences of your teenage years (young love, self-discovery, all the rest of it) as life-changing moments that don't mean a thing in the long run. While that's grounded in... More »

HKIFF 2011: VIVA RIVA! Review

Scanning the festival brochure VIVA RIVA! instantly leapt off the page at me. Not because I had heard anything about it, but all the ingredients seemed to be in place for a fresh new take on a classic formula from... More »


The prospect of re-imagining Mary Shelley's Frankenstein against the wintry backdrop of modern day Budapest immediately drew me to this French/Hungarian co-production that I had otherwise heard nothing about. But this is no horror film and eschews anything remotely concerned... More »

CURLING review

Denis Côté's excellent Curling is the film Giorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth should have been. An easy, armchair critic's copout, maybe? But it feels no less true for all that. A father creates a secluded hideaway where he can protect his young... More »
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