Author: Kevin Matthews

World Cinema Wednesday: Train To Busan (2016)
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World Cinema Wednesday: Train To Busan (2016)

As sleek and fast-moving as the titular vehicle, Train To Busan is yet another zombie film reinvigorating a subgenre that is so often mistakenly identified as dead already (yes, the irony is not lost on me). Written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho, this is an adrenaline-pumping mix of tension, bloodshed, and […]

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World Cinema Wednesday: La Grande Bouffe (1973)

A film about satisfying different kinds of appetites, La Grande Bouffe is an odd, though never dull, comedy drama from director Marco Ferreri. Although never half as graphic as it could be, the mix of nudity, carnal pleasures, and fun with foodstuffs may be enough to put off viewers with more […]

World Cinema Wednesday: Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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World Cinema Wednesday: Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A tale of friendship, of looking back on your childhood with adult wisdom, and of cinema (of course), Cinema Paradiso is a collage of delightful moments, topped off with a cinematic montage that will affect all but the most cold-hearted viewers. Written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, the main story charts […]

World Cinema Wednesday: A Simple Life (2012)
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World Cinema Wednesday: A Simple Life (2012)

If you’ve checked out any major Hong Kong movies during the past few decades then it’s more than likely that you’re familiar with Andy Lau, even if you don’t realise it. He’s starred alongside Jackie Chan, Chow-Yun Fat, and quite a few other familiar names. He’s also been a main […]

War On Everyone (2017)
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War On Everyone (2017)

When I first saw the trailer for War On Everyone I knew that I wanted to see it ASAP. It had Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña being a pair of crooked cops. It had John Michael McDonagh as the writer-director (the man who gave us The Guard and Calvary). It made me laugh. […]

World Cinema Wednesday: Sadako Vs. Kayako (2016)
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World Cinema Wednesday: Sadako Vs. Kayako (2016)

It has been almost 20 years now since most of the world was terrified by Ringu, the horror movie that introduced audiences to a killer spirit named Sadako. Ju-on: The Curse came along in 2000, introducing us to a killer spirit named Kayako, who gained a boost when audiences found […]

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
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The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

I first heard about The Girl With All The Gifts a few years ago, when picking up a few last Christmas gifts for my wife. It was recommended to me by a staff member in Waterstones, after I’d enquired about some of the recent popular choices I may have been unaware […]

Blair Witch (2016)
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Blair Witch (2016)

I have to start my review of Blair Witch, a film that came along under the radar after being given a different title to throw everyone off, with two relevant pieces of information. The first is that I am a fan of BOTH of the previous Blair Witch movies. Admittedly, […]

World Cinema Wednesday: A Man Escaped (1956)
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World Cinema Wednesday: A Man Escaped (1956)

Based on the memoirs of André Devigny, A Man Escaped is a tense and riveting prison movie that both follows the formula that viewers will know so well and also utilises the time and place to deviate slightly from many other films of its kind. I admit that I hadn’t even […]

Don’t Breathe (2016)
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Don’t Breathe (2016)

If you can remember the thrillers Wait Until Dark and Blind Terror then you will be familiar with the scenario here; people breaking into the home of someone who is blind. What you may be less familiar with is the idea that it’s the blind person who ends up being the most dangerous, […]