Another night in the life of a cop... 091, policiá al habla

091 Policía al habla

March 28, 2018 Matt B 0

A heady mixture of police procedural and melodrama, but it has a very human viewpoint, treating not just the cops but most of the peripheral characters also with a degree of sympathy.

Carmen Maura as the batty biddy in La promesa

The Promise

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2004 | Horror | Rating: 6/10 | Director: Héctor Carré
The narrative is rather sprawling, including a number of strands which go nowhere, but Galician director Héctor Carré directs it with some skill. [..]

Fragile

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2005 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Jaume Balagueró
Although the story is a little over-familiar, it’s well written, the characters are nicely drawn, and Balagueró cloaks it all in sombre, spooky atmospherics. [..]

Art deco gone mad in Eugenio Mira's The Birthday

The Birthday

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2004 | Horror / Comedy | Rating: 3/10 | Director: Eugenio Mira
The are some images which stick in the mind and, from a stylistic perspective, it’s a more than competent calling card. But… it’s all a bit annoying [..]

Welcome to San Hilario...

To Die in San Hilario

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2005 | Comedy | Rating: 5/10 | Director: Laura Mañá
A subtle black comedy, with the humor coming from the characters rather than the dialogue or farcical situation, this is actually rather a sweet film. [..]

Something nasty in the woodshed... Just having a hike... Night of the Sunflowers

Night of the Sunflowers

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2006 | Thriller | Rating: 9/10 | Director: Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo
A superbly atmospheric and very well acted ensemble piece, I really can’t recommend this highly enough. [..]

The end of the world as we know it... The Dark Hour

The Dark Hour

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2006 | Science Fiction | Rating: 5/10 | Director: Elio Quiroga
Here’s a decent little Spanish science fiction film that was released with a minimum of fuss back in 2006 [..]

Juan José Ballesta in Spectre

Films to Keep You Awake: Spectre

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2006 | Horror | Rating: 5/10 | Director: Mateo Gil
The Spectre was Matteo Gil’s contribution to the ‘Films to Keep You Awake’ series made for Spanish TV in 2006 [..]

Looks like a nice place... To Let

Films to Keep You Awake: To Let

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2006 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Jaume Balagueró
This is a slick and effective little film. Balagueró is a highly capable genre director, and handles everything with commensurate skill [..]

Clown with a gun... The Last Circus

The Last Circus

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2010 | Horror / Comedy | Rating: 9/10 | Director: Álex de la Iglesia
It is a film that frankly couldn’t have been made by anyone else: a crazy mix of horror, whimsy, social history, melodrama and surrealism [..]