No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)

Few directors were capable of capturing the horrors of the post-war experience than those who hailed from Japan, with many of the greatest filmmakers to ever work in the medium being those who experienced the hardship caused to their country as a result of the Second World War, which wrought havoc on Japanese society in…

Zero Effect (1998)

Literature loves a good detective – from the earliest days of penny dreadfuls, to the low-quality pulp fiction novels sold at the corner store, to the modern era where everyone has some degree of interest in solving mysteries, we see so many stories of detectives, whether professional private investigators or those that treat it like…

Men (2022)

Men is a film that is about as subtle as its title suggests – however, if there is someone who knows about the virtue of ambition, it is Alex Garland, who has been one of the most fascinating voices in contemporary horror and science fiction for over two decades in his capacity as either a…

What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

There have been few directors who have managed to work so effectively across as diverse a range of genres as Peter Bogdanovich, who emerged as a rambunctious young filmmaker filled to the brim with ambition and a distinct point of view, and honed his artistic voice over several decades, each one of his films (even…

Lingui, the Sacred Bonds (2022)

Few modern filmmakers from within the continent have done more to bring Africa to a global stage than Mahamat Saleh Haroun, whose career is populated with many hard-hitting films that look at serious issues plaguing many communities on a continent that is rarely afforded many opportunities to be explored critically through film on many international…

The Madonna’s Secret (1946)

We’re not strangers to discussing film noir around these parts, and one of the more interesting ideas that come about when looking at this genre that has undergone so many different shifts in conventions and style over the decades is that there isn’t one singular formula that makes for a great entry, but rather a…

Official Competition (2022)

As is often the case with any medium, it was inevitable that cinema would get to the point where it started producing artworks that were self-reflective commentaries on its own existence. This happened almost immediately, with the advent of self-aware cinema occurring from the outset. There are a few subjects that filmmakers seem to adore…

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

You never can have quite enough paranoia when it comes to the subject of bureaucrats. Whether governmental or in terms of law enforcement, those who occupy any position with civil servitude are immersing themselves in a very challenging world, specifically in regards to some of the draconian policies that govern these institutions, supposedly in favour…

She Said (2022)

Not to give him too much credibility, but when it was revealed that Harvey Weinstein was a serial sexual predator who had assaulted countless women through executing his authority as arguably the most powerful producer in Hollywood since the height of the studio system, the entire entertainment industry was suitably shaken, with one of its…

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

When it comes to the concept of the comedy-of-manners, few films are more spiritually and narratively guided than Ruggles of Red Gap, in which director Leo McCarey (arguably one of the pioneers of comedy during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and someone whose work in both humour and melodrama are some of the greatest in…