After her moped is stolen, Lola (Franka Potente) fails to pick her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) up from a deal where a large amount of money is involved. This sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Manni losing 100,000 Deutschmarks that are owed to his boss. He phones Lola to tell her that if he doesn’t manage to get the money to his boss within 20 minutes, he knows he’ll be killed. He quickly conceives a plot to rob a nearby supermarket of the money, much to Lola’s disapproval. She instructs him to wait, and says she’ll get to him in time, and tries to plan a way to get the money.
The film is relatively short, clocking in at just 80 minutes. Within this time, we see the story played out three times. Each of them starts with Lola hanging up the phone to Manni and making a run from her flat down a spiral staircase. For this, the picture deviates from live action to animation. I liked this touch; it adds a quirky element to the film that never feels forced or out of place. In each of the three versions of the story, Lola sets out to run to a bank where her father works in the hope of convincing him to give her the money. Along the way, she encounters several different people. These include a woman with a pram, a man riding a bike alongside her, a man driving an ambulance and a few other characters. Continue reading
There are few films that hold an iconic status as strong as Citizen Kane, directed and co-written by Orson Welles, who also stars as the titular character. Released in 1941, it has long been held up by critics and commentators as the greatest film of all time. That’s an argument for other people to make, but having finally seen it myself I can fully understand that incredible acclaim.
The plot of the film is outlined early on, taking the form of a news bulletin announcing the death of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles). The bulletin details briefly that Kane had become a powerful media magnate, loved and hated in equal measure. We find out he had been married twice and who the wives were, and we have been made aware that his last word before he died was ‘Rosebud’. The plot is driven by the desire of a journalist to find out who or what Rosebud was, and what it meant to Kane. Continue reading
American David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) and his English wife Amy (Susan George) move to England, where they are hoping they can enjoy the quiet life in a picturesque setting. Their move soon turns nightmarish when a group of locals start to harass the couple, becoming more menacing as the film progresses, leading to an epic conclusion.
As a quick warning, please be aware that there will be some plot points discussed that you may consider to be spoilers – if you don’t want to know them then stop reading now.Released in 1971, Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs has long been seen as an iconic and controversial film. The concluding scenes are incredibly violent; I was expecting it to be fairly tame and just violent by the standards of the time but that isn’t entirely true. Don’t get me wrong, there are more graphically violent films made these days, but there are still moments that took me a little by surprise and I can see why it would have generated the controversy it did on it’s initial release. Continue reading
This Means War see’s two best friends and colleagues fight it out for the affections of one woman. We’re introduced to Tuck (Tom Hardy) and ‘FDR’ Foster (Chris Pine) during a ‘covert’ mission to stop an international criminal obtaining a weapon of mass destruction. Their mission doesn’t go quite according to plan though, ending up as a stylish roof-top shootout that allows their target to escape. So, from the outset, there’s a dangerous criminal roaming free. Something to keep at the back of your mind there. Continue reading