Category Archives: International

The 8th Night (2021) – Review

An experienced monk who holds his prayer beads in one hand and a deadly axe in the other, aims to hunt down an age-old spirit that has awoken, and at the same time is determined to cause as much carnage and devastation as possible on planet Earth, by possessing humans one by one. An interesting and unique concept brought to us by a set of Korean filmmakers. It’s worth noting that The 8th Night is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Ride or Die (2021) – Review

Rei Nagasawa (Kiko Mizuhara) is a woman that finds herself murdering the abusive husband of another woman that she’s been in love with for over ten years – Nanae Shinoda (Honami Sato). While on the run together after the murder, the pair rekindle their feelings and try to enjoy the last moments they have together, before their freedom is ultimately taken from them. An at times striking drama, filmed and captured in Japan, that has just been released to Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Martyrs (2008) – Review

After escaping from a torture chamber in an abandoned warehouse many years ago, Lucie (Mylene Jampanoi), begins a quest of revenge, with the assistance of Anna (Morjana Alaoui), her closest friend. The pair manage to track down the family responsible for the brutal chamber and extract their own revenge, before discovering something even more sinister in the process. A thoroughly thought-provoking French horror film that is worth anyone’s time.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Loveless (2017) – Review

A couple going through the early stages of divorce, but still living together in the same accommodation in Moscow, must team up together and put their hatred for each other aside, when their only son disappears suddenly after overhearing and witnessing their deteriorating relationship over time. Are the pair too late to find him or is this much more than just a case of a runaway child? This Russian drama may not be the most exciting release of 2017 but it’s worth of a watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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The Platform (2019) – Review

When a man known only as Goreng (Ivan Massague) signs up to voluntarily become a prisoner of a vertical system that holds two people per cell, per floor, he quickly comes to the realisation that he has signed up for more than just six months of solitary confinement. Each cell has just two minutes per day to feast on the platform of food that they are presented with and the lower the platform goes, the less food there is. An unbelievably imaginative feature film that is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Sputnik (2020) – Review

Upon his return from a daring and hazardous mission into space, Konstantin Veshnyakov (Pyotr Fyodorov) becomes subject of integration by his own people, after they discover the fact that an unknown creature has returned inside his body. When the renowned psychologist Tatyana Klimova (Oksana Atinshina) enters the fray, things become more complex and the truth begins to unravel. Based at the height of the Cold War, this soviet based science fiction flick explores many genres, including drama and horror.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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L’Immortale (2019) – Review

After Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore) finds himself slowly sinking into the waters of Naples, he is miraculously found alive and taken to land by several apprehensive fishermen, before memories start to emerge of his time as a youngster and prominent rise in the crime world. A highly anticipated and much talked about movie that is based on an Italian hit television show – a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Parasite (2019) – Review

A considerably poor and desperate family (the Kims) con their way into becoming workers for a rich household (the Parks) within the same district, where each family member manages to adopt a distinctively different role after they were all acquired in a wicked, dishonest and deceitful manner. Who comes out on top of this classic tale of rich vs poor? A good movie but one that perhaps didn’t quite live up to the hype that had been thrust upon it by most.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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