The Scary of Sixty-First – Berlinale 2021 Review

by Jordan King Debut writer-director Dasha Nekrasova, well-known for her left-leaning capitalist-critical podcast ‘Red Scare’, announces herself as a bold new voice in horror cinema with The Scary of Sixty-First. Certainly not a film to watch last thing before bed, Nekrasova’s film is a skin-crawling post-modern giallo imbued with the cruel edge of a video nasty. Shot through hazy 16mm stock, this slice of unholy … Continue reading The Scary of Sixty-First – Berlinale 2021 Review

Wheel of Fortune & Fantasy – Berlinale 2021 Review

by Jordan King Unfurling its acute observations of the profound moments that add up to a life with the poetic complexity and simplicity of a Haiku, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s richly deserved Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize winner Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy presents us with a triptych of tenderly crafted short stories that are linked by a common thread – love. Shot through and scripted with … Continue reading Wheel of Fortune & Fantasy – Berlinale 2021 Review

Introduction – Berlinale 2021 Review

by Jordan King With only a short 66-minute runtime, South Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo’s Introduction, premiering in competition at this year’s Berlinale, is a brief but impactful piece of cinema. Loosely following a young couple – aspiring actor Youngho (Shin Seokho) and his fashion student girlfriend Juwan (Park Miso) – as they navigate their dreams and find themselves transmigrating between Korea and Germany, Sangsoo continues … Continue reading Introduction – Berlinale 2021 Review

I’m Your Man – Berlinale 2021 Review

by Jordan King  “Are human beings really intended to have all of our needs met at the push of a button?” This is the question academic Alma (Maren Eggert) asks herself towards the climax of Maria Schrader’s I’m Your Man, a quirky, philosophic drama/anti-romantic comedy/low-key sci-fi film that foists upon its protagonist algorithmically engineered perfection before proceeding to poke holes in the folly of the … Continue reading I’m Your Man – Berlinale 2021 Review

Berlinale 2018: Songwriter – Review

Ah, Ed Sheeran. That carrot topped genius. That small hobbit-like mastermind. That crooning pasty white boy. If we were all being honest with ourselves, we’d admit that we can’t help but love your music. From the cheesy to the stirring, Sheeran has amazed us with his fabaroo talent. Naturally, like with most music type people, this would transcend into cinema. Whether that’s a star-studded biopic … Continue reading Berlinale 2018: Songwriter – Review

Berlinale 2018: Der Himmel Uber Berlin (Wings of Desire)

There’s a cool air. Unlike London, where pollution blankets us truly from the weather, the crisp freeze of Berlin settles in your bones. It’s cold. Not a throwaway statement, when they say “it’s cold,” in Berlin, they truly mean it. The city is a spectacular graffiti coloured world of modern and classic. Buildings of ever era stretch wide along the banks of the Spree, housing … Continue reading Berlinale 2018: Der Himmel Uber Berlin (Wings of Desire)