45 Years

45 Years

45 Years UK (2015) Dir. Andrew Haigh We all have a past but to have it come back to haunt you when you are in your twilight years doesn’t make it any easier to deal with, especially if there is a Pandora’s Box of secrets that one would rather were not unearthed. The title of … Continue reading

Familiar Of Zero Series 4: F

Familiar Of Zero Series 4: F

Familiar Of Zero Series 4: F (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 288 minutes approx. Release Date: May 9th      Regular visitors to this site will know that I haven’t been too kind towards the previous instalments of the Familiar Of Zero franchise due to the focus being more as a fan service heavy … Continue reading

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War US (2016) Dirs. Anthony Russo & Joe Russo In the Battle of the Comic Book Blockbusters, DC threw the first punch with the messy and incoherent Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, leaving Marvel to respond with the third film under the Captain America banner Civil War. Essentially this is their … Continue reading

Uzumasu Limelight

Uzumasu Limelight

Uzumasu Limelight (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 104 minutes approx. Release Date – April 25th Time. It catches up with us all eventually and when it does we are forced to face our own mortality and accept our halcyon days are over. In show business this can mean much more, … Continue reading

Golden Time Collection 2

Golden Time Collection 2

Golden Time Collection 2 (Episodes 13-24)(Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 293 minutes approx. Release Date: May 9th The antidote to all of those “will they, won’t they?” romantic comedies continues with our loved up couple, nice guy amnesiac Banri Tada and hard-to-handle hottie Kouko Kana actually getting along … Continue reading

Bed And Sofa (Tretya meshchanskaya)

Bed And Sofa (Tretya meshchanskaya)

Bed And Sofa (Tretya meshchanskaya) Russia (1927) Dir. Abram Room They say “Two’s company and three’s a crowd” and this is has been never so true especially when the company being intruded on is a marriage. Of course, sometimes this happens voluntarily while one-half of the wedded partnership remains in the dark. But what if … Continue reading

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes UK (1938) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock The “Master Of Suspense” became a globally revered name once he moved to Hollywood in 1939 but before he left Old Blighty, Hitchcock’s parting gift to his homeland was this celebrated comedy-thriller, based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. In the small … Continue reading

Blade Dance Of The Elementalers

Blade Dance Of The Elementalers

Blade Dance Of The Elementalers (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 296 minutes approx. Release Date: May 2nd The theme of this review is “familiarity” – familiarity of the story, the developments, the character designs, and of my comments. And it is with some irony than one of the … Continue reading

X-Cross (XX (ekusu kurosu): makyô densetsu)

X-Cross (XX (ekusu kurosu): makyô densetsu)

X-Cross (XX (ekusu kurosu): makyô densetsu) Japan (2007) Dir. Kenta Fukasaku It can’t be easy following in the footsteps of a famous and successful parent, not in the least the weight of expectation on you. Just ask Kenta Fukasaka, son of the late Kinji Fukasaku, (Battle Royale). Kenta has plied his trade with low budget … Continue reading

High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku)

High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku)

High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku) Japan (1963) Dir. Akira Kurosawa With this reputation for samurai flicks and historical epics it is easy to forget that Akira Kurosawa also made some top notch modern day set dramas too. High And Low is a taut crime thriller, a rare genre in Kurosawa’s canon, based on the … Continue reading