Posts Tagged ‘rape’

Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger), Robin Wright (Erika Berger). Screenplay by Steven Zaillian. Directed by David Fincher. Rating: 18. Running time: 158 minutes. To all the phoney ‘purists’ who stupidly decided to prejudge this remake, I wish to begin by saying Fuck You. You have been made to […]


Antonio Banderas (Robert Ledgard), Elena Anaya (Vera). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 15. Running time: 117 minutes. If there’s a single theme that ties the young Pedro to the celebrated auteur we have today, it’s undoubtedly the sexual insanity that infiltrates his early, mad comedies and travels right through to the […]


Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist), Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander), Sven-Bertil Taube (Henrik Vanger). Screenplay by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Rating: 18. Running time: 152 minutes. So this one is cold, and I’m not just referring to the fact it’s set in Scandinavia. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo doesn’t only […]


Robert De Niro (Max Cady), Nick Nolte (Sam Bowden), Jessica Lange (Leigh Bowden), Juliette Lewis (Danielle Bowden). Screenplay by Wesley Strick. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 122 minutes. Max Cady thinks he’s a Nietzschean Übermensch. We see Thus Spake Zarathustra on a shelf in his prison cell, and we’re told he’s reading […]


Catherine Deneuve (Carole), Ian Hendry (Michael), John Fraser (Colin). Written by Gérard Brach and Roman Polanski. Directed by Roman Polanski. Rating: 18. Running time: 105 minutes. A shocking portrait of paranoia and androphobia, Repulsion lets us observe the mind and life of Carole, a Belgian manicurist living in Kensington with her sister. A quiet girl, […]


Toshirô Mifune (Tajômaru), Machiko Kyô (Masako Kanazawa), Masayuki Mori (Takehiro Kanazawa), Takashi Shimura (Woodcutter), Minoru Chiaki (Priest), Kichijirô Ueda (Commoner). Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. Rating: 12. Running time: 88 minutes. The opening line of Rashômon is ‘I don’t understand.’ Nor do I, completely. It feels like the type of film so rich in its […]


I’m not sure whether it was rewatching A Clockwork Orange in the context of trying to figure out why it is banned in Singapore that made me feel this, but I struggled to focus on anything in the film other than its repulsively twisted main characters. Most people praise the film because of how confusingly enjoyable […]