Alice (Neco z Alenky) is a 1988 fantasy film, written and directed by Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer, who’s perhaps most famous for his surreal stop-motion animations. Alice is based on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and like many of Švankmajer’s work, is combination of live-action and stop-motion animation. This film sticks closely to the original novel, while exploring some of the more darker twisted elements in the book. Of the many ‘Alice in Wonderland’ adaptations out there, this is certainly one of the best.
Kareem Rizk is an illustrator, collage artist and designer working in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rizk specialises in working with mixed media to create illustrative collages, which is a style he developed over the years. His work has been featured in a number of exhibitions and publications. You can see more of his work here.
The 1950’s was a great decade for Japanese cinema, and Seven Samurai is without a doubt, one of the best. This iconic samurai epic is about a poor village of farmers who hires seven samurai to protect themselves from incoming bandits. The film is directed by Akira Kurosawa, one of the greatest filmmakers to have ever lived, and stars Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune and Isao Kimura among others. Ever since its release, it has gained fans from across the world, and remains to be one of the most influential of all time.
Fernando Hereñú (AKA Pulpo) is an Argentinian artist, born in Buenos Aires. After studying graphic studies at the University of Buenos Aires, he spent many years working at Cartoon Network as a designer. His surreal images has been featured in many publications around the world. You can see more of his work here.
Terence Young is best known for his James Bond films, and Audrey Hepburn is probably best known for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but together they made something completely different. Wait Until Dark is a terrifying suspense-thriller about a blind woman, played by Audrey Hepburn, who is terrorised by a trio of delinquents searching for drugs. I wished I had the opportunity to watch in the cinema, as in the climatic scene when Hepburn’s character begins breaking the lights in her apartment, the lights in the movie theatre would also go out one by one, maximising suspense and drama of what was happening on screen. Oh, what a wonderful experience that would be.
Dran is a multi-talented French illustrator and grafitti artist based in Toulouse. His works conveys his peculiar vision of life that is often surreal, absurd and very humorous. You can see more of his work here.
It’s Mother’s Day, and I can’t think of a more appropriate film for this occasion than Bong Joon-ho’s Mother. This tale is about a mother who desperately attempts to find out the truth behind a girl’s murder, after her son is accused and arrested for doing so. Like all of Bong’s films, this drama blends mystery, suspense, horror and comedy to create something wholly satisfying, and completely compelling from beginning to end. Bong Joon-ho is without a doubt, one of my favourite directors at the moment, and one that will only get better.