Category Archives: Subtitled Online

Top 3: Song Kang-ho

This article was originally published on Subtitled Online November 2012. A favourite of Park Chan-wook, having appeared in four of his films, and of Bong Joon-ho, having starred in two of his films – with one more (Bong’s English-language debut) … Continue reading

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Fifteen Shades of Black: Part 1

This article was originally published on Subtitled Online May 2013 If there’s a single thing filmmakers working in Britain and Ireland do well it’s black comedy. Perhaps you can blame the awful weather – you have to find brightness in … Continue reading

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When Russian Film Came in From the Cold: Night Watch and Day Watch

This article was originally written for Subtitled Online July 2012. The Russian fantasy blockbusters NIGHT WATCH (2004) and DAY WATCH (2006), written and directed by Timur Bekmambetov and based on the novels by Sergey Lukyaneko, are far more relevant to Russian filmmaking … Continue reading

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The World Cinema Monster Spotter’s Survival Guide

This article was originally written for Subtitled Online March 2013. Ever feel like there are just too many things that go bump in the night to keep track of? Do you need help in recognising exactly what is making you … Continue reading

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Review: Festen (1998)

This review was originally written for Subtitled Online August 2010. FESTEN was the first film released following the Dogme 95 “Vow of Chastity”. The rules included technical restrictions (cameras to be low quality and handheld, no sound or music to … Continue reading

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Blood in the Snow: Let the Right One In vs. Let Me In

This article was originally written for Subtitled Online September 2011. The remake vs. original debate is one of the oldest and most frequently occurring in the film industry. Whenever original ideas run dry, Hollywood often turns to the untapped well … Continue reading

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Review: Cargo (2009)

This review was originally written for Subtitled Online August 2010. Switzerland’s first attempt at sci-fi, and writer-directors Ivan Engler/Ralph Etter’s feature film debut, CARGO harks back to numerous icons of science fiction cinema – from THE THING to THE MATRIX, and, most prominently, Ridley … Continue reading

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Anti-Pixar Animation

This article was originally written for Subtitled Online September 2012. There are some great alternatives to both the style and content of the products of dominant American animation powerhouse studios like Disney and Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky Studios. Animation as … Continue reading

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Review: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

This review was originally  written for Subtitled Online (now sadly closed) July 2010. It was my first full film review to be published online. Environmentalism, war and peace, pride and corruption, coming of age and redemption – it can only … Continue reading

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