Campione!

Campione!

Campione! (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 324 minutes approx. Release Date: August 4th      If we’ve learned anything from anime it is that the life of an average Japanese schoolboy is never a dull one, full of adventure and fantastic life changing events. Godo Kusanagi is no exception. The 15 year-old has … Continue reading

Miss Granny (Su-sang-han geu-nyeo)

Miss Granny (Su-sang-han geu-nyeo)

Miss Granny (Su-sang-han geu-nyeo) Korea (2014) Dir. Hwang Dong-hyu Nobody likes getting old and there are many who try to stave off the aging process with plastic surgery the like. But what if you became young again without any surgical assistance and had a second chance at living your dreams? Oh Mal-sun (Na Moon-hee) is … Continue reading

The Patience Stone (Syngué sabour, pierre de patience)

The Patience Stone (Syngué sabour, pierre de patience)

The Patience Stone (Syngué sabour, pierre de patience) Afghanistan (2012) Dir. Atiq Rahimi Persian folklore tells of a magic black stone called Syng-e-saboor (the Patience Stone), which those who are suffering great misery, pain or the burden of secrets can confide in. It is said the stone absorbs everything without discrimination until it finally explodes, … Continue reading

Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Manga Entertainment/Kaze) Running time: 67 minutes approx Release Date: August 4th With this final chapter resuming from the exact moment we left it at the end of the second instalment a quick recap is in order: teenage prostitute Rune Balot, left to die by twisted … Continue reading

Bellissima

Bellissima

Bellissima Italy (1951) Dir. Luchino Visconti If you have been appalled by parents who push their kids into auditioning for TV talent shows or hideous beauty pageants, imagine how legendary Italian auteur Luchino Visconti must have felt encountering them en masse when auditioning for child actors. The result of his experiences is this trenchant, savage … Continue reading

Familiar Of Zero Series 1

Familiar Of Zero Series 1

Familiar Of Zero Series 1 (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 295 minutes approx. Release Date: July 28th      In a magical world called Halkeginia those born of nobility are taught how to use magic at the Tristain Academy. One such student is the haughty Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière; while … Continue reading

There Is Light (Kurayami kara te wo nobase)

There Is Light (Kurayami kara te wo nobase)

There Is Light (Kurayami kara te wo nobase) Japan (2013) Dir. Yukihiro Toda Saori (Maya Koizumi) is an escort who takes a job with Honey Lips, a service that caters exclusively for disabled clients, because she thinks it will be easy work. Her interaction with three particular clients makes Saori re-evaluate her attitudes towards people … Continue reading

Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes

  Planet Of The Apes US (1968) Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner After witnessing the 2011 reboot of this franchise which served as the first part of an origins/prequel to this film, I felt duty bound to seek this much heralded classic out, my only memories of it being very fleeting ones of the spin off … Continue reading