Review: The Handmaiden

Director: Park Chan-Wook Stars: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo "Kinky as a coiled rope" was one of the juicier and more memorable press clippings that came attached to Peter Strickland's sensual lesbian drama The Duke Of Burgundy a couple of years ago and it's a soundbite that one might happily apply to Park Chan-Wook's latest, which … Continue reading Review: The Handmaiden

Why I Love… #69: Sympathy For Mr Vengeance

Year: 2002 Director: Park Chan-Wook Stars: Song Kang-Ho (Park Dong-Jin), Shin Ha-Kyun (Ryu), Doona Bae (Cha Yeong-Mi), Lim Ji-Eun (Ryu's Sister), Han Bo-Bae (Yu-Sun) Genre: Crime Thriller In 2002, The Coen Brothers released one of their least loved films; a screwball romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones called Intolerable Cruelty. The film itself … Continue reading Why I Love… #69: Sympathy For Mr Vengeance

List: Six Halloween Alternatives

So it's that time of year again, and neither the big studios nor the independents are offering us any cinematic scares to speak of, unless you're prepared for the quality mire of direct-to-video digging. For many the big screen will remain dark this Halloween. But if you're not partying or trick or treating (or if … Continue reading List: Six Halloween Alternatives

Review: Stoker

When a successful and respected director from the world cinema stage makes their debut on US soil there's usually a justifiable sense of unease. Are they selling out? Sanitising themselves? And if not, will the sensibilities of one culture translate into, ahem, American. It's tough to predict, and when it doesn't work it really doesn't work. Takashi … Continue reading Review: Stoker