The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful
I do like a little bit of of gritty realism with my film fare - hence I enjoyed watching a rheumy-eyed Michael Caine heading a cast of faded stars in a dingy 1950's old-folks home in Is Anybody There?, and I hope to catch the small-budget Shifty before it comes off general release.
On the other hand -think Guillermo del Toro and Pans' Labyrynth rather than Ken Loach and The Wind that Shakes the Barley - I do like a bit of fantasy for a change, not to mention some, dare I say it, beautiful screen images.
So I loved Chen Kaige's The Promise for the reasons that some people will probably hate it. Anyway, here's my review on the Dimsum website: