Le Harve (2011)

“L’argent circule au crepuscule.” ‘Le Harve’, directed by Aki Kaurismäki in 2011, is a Finnish comedy drama set in the French coastal port. André Wilms plays Marcel Marx, a former writer who has turned to shining shoes for money. He lives with his wife who looks after him and keeps his money safe. When she…

Silence (2016)

“I do because you are just like me. You see Jesus in Gethsemane and believe your trial is the same as His. Those five in the pit are suffering too, just like Jesus, but they don’t have your pride. They would never compare themselves to Jesus. Do you have the right to make them suffer?…

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

“Every memory has a piece of its artist.” ‘Blade Runner 2049’, directed by Denis Villeneuve in 2017, is an American dystopian science fiction thriller. A sequel to the 1982 movie ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ takes place thirty years later. A cop, played by Ryan Gosling, has the special responsibility of hunting down and killing…

Okja (2017)

“Fuck off! We’re extremely proud of our achievements. We’re very hardworking business-people. We do deals, and these are the deals we do. This is the tenderloin for the sophisticated restaurants. The Mexicans love the feet. I know. Go figure! We all love the face and the anus, as American as apple pie! Hot dogs. It’s…

Dunkirk (2017)

“Commander Bolton: You can practically see it from here. Captain Winnant: What? Commander Bolton: Home.” ‘Dunkirk’, directed by Christopher Nolan in 2017, is a British and American war movie focusing on the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from mainland Europe in the summer of 1940. The film is divided into three narrative strands: the…

Baby Driver (2017)

“He had an accident when he was a kid. Still has a hum in the drum. Plays music to drown it out. And that’s what makes him the best.” ‘Baby Driver’, directed by Edgar Wright in 2017, is an American crime comedy drama. Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a young man whose parents were killed years…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

First published in the British Fantasy Journal. 17 (26-9). ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, directed by David Yates in 2016, is a British and American fantasy movie, and a further instalment in the ‘Harry Potter’ film franchise. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a British wizard who arrives in New York City with a…

American Sniper (2014)

“There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.” ‘American Sniper’, directed by Clint Eastwood in 2014, is an American biopic…

Force Majeure (2014)

“There’s nothing in your head that you haven’t said!” ‘Force Majeure’, directed by Ruben Östlund in 2014, is a Swedish domestic drama. A businessman called Tomas, Johannes Bah Kuhnke, is spending the week skiing with his family: his wife Ebba, played by Lisa Loven Kongsli, and his two children. One lunchtime, they are outside on…

Inception (2010)

“I’m going to improvise. Listen, there’s something you should know about me… about inception. An idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.” ‘Inception’, directed by Christopher Nolan in 2010, is an American science fiction movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

“It’s Guardian! Why would I be a Garden of the Galaxy?” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, directed by James Gunn in 2017, is an American fantasy comedy. Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, a human who was kidnapped by aliens when young and brought up with bounty hunters lead by a Fagin-like character called Yondu…