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LFF 2016: Your Name (2016)

In September, a Japanese anime was featured on the BBC News website. Why? It is the first animation not made by Studio Ghibli to make more than ten billion yen (£76m) in Japan in a month. After receiving acclaim from multiple film…

Curandero (2005)

Curandero - a traditional Native American healer or shaman in Latin America, who is dedicated to curing physical or spiritual illnesses. So near and yet so far. Those were my feelings towards Eduardo Rodriguez's feature length debut…

Love Is All You Need (2012)

Trying to find a new angle on the modern romantic comedy is difficult. Adapting a tried and tested formula for an increasingly cynical audience, while trying to remind people that romance is not an impossible feat, seems to become more of a…

Thale (2012)

Following in the (really bloody big) footsteps of cult Norwegian fantasy/horror flick Troll Hunter is Thale, another fantastical, peculiar creature feature wrangled from Norwegian folklore. Being one of very few people who didn't particular…

Sleep Tight (2011)

I occasionally find myself wondering if any of the current generation of horror movies might ever be held up as classics in the same way that my generation views the likes of John Carpenter's Halloween or Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw…

And Hope to Die (1972)

Despite being a long time admirer of world cinema, my knowledge of french film extends no further than genre fare, such as the new wave of extreme french horror and the parkour infused District 13 action flicks. There was perhaps an…

Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)

Ro.Go.Pa.G., also titled Let’s Wash Our Brains, is a cinematic anthology consisting of four short movies, directed and titled according to the Italian writer/directors’ names: ROssellini, GOdard, PAsolini and Gregoretti (well, Godard,…

Natural Selection (2011)

Linda (Rachael Harris) is a forty something good wholesome Christian woman married to Abe (John Diehl), a man who believes the only reason to have intimate relations with his wife is in order to procreate. As Linda has been diagnosed as…

Darwin (2011)

Darwin is a small town in California’s Death Valley that is inhabited by a mere 35 people, and those 35 people are as eccentric and fascinating as they come. Darwin used to be a prosperous silver mining town with a population of 3500 in the…

The Light Thief (2010)

Not many people could answer the question, where is Kyrygyzstan? and not just  in that geographic sense. Nestled in the heart of that vast mountainous region known as central Asia, you will find it, but in the sense of where  it is  with…