Restrepo

Restrepo takes its name from a fallen soldier (who was killed in the Korengal Valley) and focuses on Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne) who were deployed to the notorious Korengal Valley in 2007 for a fifteen month tour. The men are not interested in or bothered by the reputation the valley […]

Rurouni Kenshin

In the middle of the 19th century, the traditional feudal system in Japan is in decline. The Bakumatsu war has seen the shogunate replaced by a centralised Government. The nationalist forces, fighting for a brave New Age, including the legendary skills of a swordsman known as Battosai (Takeru Sato). Now, the war a decade over, […]

Dogtooth

Dogtooth is a truly unique Greek film that observes the inner workings of an dysfunctional family unit in which the three children (two girls and a boy), now in their early twenties, have been completely denied access to – and contamination by – the outside world. The family live in an luxurious, yet isolated, country […]

Ex Drummer

Based on a story by infamous Belgian novelist Herman Brusselmans, Ex Drummer is a dismal, nihilistic trip into the world of three handicapped gentlemen who want to start a rock band. The local battle of the bands is coming up and Koen, Jan & Ivan want to participate, the only problem is they don’t have […]

The Fifth Element

On its release, Luc Besson’s ambitious sci-fi extravaganza The Fifth Element was divisive, being lambasted by some critics while lauded by others. In retrospect, this is hardly surprising as it remains desperately short of its ambitions, but is certainly so jam-packed with ideas that some were always going to miss the mark…while others work delightfully. The basic […]

Subway

Luc Besson has become a name best known for directing and producing action fare. But back in 1985, he was a little-known filmmaker with one dialogue-less feature to his name (the post-apocalyptic The Last Battle). With this minimal backdrop, he created the film that would make his first major mark and pave the way for what […]

Bronson

Michael Peterson – better known by his bare-knuckle boxing name of Charles Bronson – is perhaps the most notorious prisoner in Great Britain. Originally arrested for the armed robbery of a post office in 1974, he has spent during the intervening years a mere 122 days outside of prison walls. Repeated fighting incidents and a […]

Attack the Gas Station

Attack the Gas Station is a South Korean teenage black comedy about four smooth-looking Korean punks who out of boredom decide to trash & rob a local gas station twice in the same week. The second time however, the owner claims he has already sent the nights earnings home with his wife so the four lads […]

Darker Than Black Vol.1

Anime series tend to have a dedication to an inherent mythology that Western shows – with the exception of outings such as Lost – cannot measure up to. They also tend to be steadily paced, with answers coming on a progressive basis, rather than all of the exposition crammed up front. Darker Than Black is one such example.

The Good, The Bad And The Weird

Chang-yi Park (Byung-hun Lee) is a dangerous killer obsessed with his reputation, hired to steal a mysterious treasure map from a train in pre-World War II Manchuria. When the heist is foiled by a bounty hunter (Woo-sung Jung), oddball thief Tae-goo Yoon (Kang-ho Song) escapes with the map. Things quickly escalate and soon all three […]

Dead Set

Big Brother: like it or not, for over the last decade the reality show has become a cultural phenomenon and primetime hit viewing in almost 70 countries across the globe. For 3 months a year in the UK, our TV screens, office gossip and gutter press seemingly come under siege, as a panel of everyday […]