Best movies for 2019 by Richard Jones

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We had a bit of a blank stretch through October and November but still managed close to our normal annual tally of 30 movies. And there were a few trips to mainstream cinemas during school holiday periods to keep the granddaughters entertained. Not surprisingly, those films such as Ralph Breaks The Internet, Dumbo and Secret Life Of Pets don’t make this Top Ten list. Continue reading

Search for truth in German epic by Richard Jones

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A look at Never Look Away (M)

As a lover of films depicting actual historical events the latest Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck opus was always going to be on my ‘must-see’ list. After all his epic award-winning story of life for East Germans behind the Berlin wall in the mid-1980s, depicted in The Lives Of Others, was a masterpiece. Continue reading

How long before combustion takes place by Richard Jones

BurningA look at Burning (M)

Korean writer-director Lee Chang-dong seems to be very keen on themes of class division and resentment. He’s noted for his works on these topics, particularly in his published works as he follows would-be writers on their quests for publication. Here Lee features his protagonist Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) who is forced to lead a hand-to-mouth existence in Seoul even though he actually lives in a lower-class rural setting. Continue reading