SHANTI GIOVANNETTI-SINGH reviews Bong Joon-ho’s 2003 feature film, Memories of Murder which was recently screeened as part of Camden Markets open air cinemas, done in collaboration with Curzon.    Visiting Curzon x Camden Market’s open air cinema is a guaranteed source of tranquility and pleasure. Sinking into your linen deck chair, whilst you savour the slowly setting sun and sweet aroma of freshly made popcorn, you will be filled with a calmness almost unbeknown to 2020. Within the first few seconds of Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (2003), however, this feeling of peace will quickly subside. As the camera focuses on a festering corpse – which you soon realise is a young woman who has been strangled using her own lingerie – you will be haunted by the sheer violation that this image conjures. This sensation of disgust and unease is one that will follow you throughout the film and remain…Continue Reading

Review: Memories of Murder

TOMI HAFFETY reviews Rian Johnson’s latest release Knives Out. Knives Out is a refreshing, modern and utterly witty whodunnit which reclaims the tired genre and gives it secure twenty-first century recognition. With a star-studded cast, Rian Johnson managed to direct a polished mystery with a plot more intricately woven than Chris Evans’ staple knitted jumper. The film is centred around the family of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), a legendary murder-mystery writer who is found with his throat cut the morning after his eighty-fifth birthday party in his spectral attic study. The case seems to be a clear suicide and the local detectives (played by Lakeith Stanfield and Noah Segan) seek no further investigation. However, an unknown party requests the services of private detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig sporting a southern drawl so ironic that Evans (as Ransom Thromby, black sheep and unruly grandson of the victim) mocks him as…Continue Reading

Knives Out