Los Debutantes

Los Debutantes

Los Debutantes Chile (2003) Dir. Andrés Waissbluth The multi-perspective narrative is a difficult one to pull off even for a skilled filmmaker. For every Rashomon – arguably the granddaddy of this technique – plenty collapse under the weight of the keeping the multiple strands alive. To try this in your debut film is bold but … Continue reading

WWE Wrestlemania 32

WWE Wrestlemania 32

WWE Wrestlemania 32 (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD/ 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time:  291 minutes approx. Release Date: June 6th Sometimes dogged determination pays off while other times it is futile, especially when it ends up spiting your audience. After two years of acquiescing to the fickle whims of his fanbase, Vince … Continue reading

Yearning (Midareru)

Yearning (Midareru)

Yearning (Midareru) Japan (1964) Dir. Mikio Naruse In 1960’s Japanese cinema Godzilla was regularly levelling Tokyo, Kurosawa was redefining the Samurai movie and Seijun Suzuki was unleashing esoteric gangster films onto the world, yet old masters such as Yasujiro Ozu and Mikio Naruse were still delighting audiences with their gentle social dramas. The prolific Naruse’s … Continue reading

Address Unknown (Suchwiin bulmyeong)

Address Unknown (Suchwiin bulmyeong)

Address Unknown (Suchwiin bulmyeong) Korea (2001) Dir. Kim Ki-Duk If you were to think about the scariest places in the world, ranking high among them must be inside the mind of Korean provocateur Kim Ki-Duk – one of the very few filmmakers to commit such bleak, hopeless and unconscionably upsetting images to film as he … Continue reading

Five Pillars

Five Pillars

Five Pillars (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Amazon VOD (Distributor: Eye Films) Running Time: 86 minutes approx. Release Date – May 23rd The phrase “low budget indie film” tends to conjure up thoughts of something quirky, possibly experimental but very much outside of the mainstream in terms of subject matter and presentation. Rarely do you find … Continue reading

Il Boom

Il Boom

Il Boom Italy (1963) Dir. Vittorio De Sica By the time the 1960’s had arrived Italian cinema had fully made the lateral shift from gritty social dramas to Commedia All’Italiana (Comedy Italian Style). Vittorio De Sica’s Il Boom is a wry look at the economic boom Italy enjoyed in the 1950’s and the change in … Continue reading

The Last Command

The Last Command

The Last Command (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 88 minutes approx. Release Date: May 16th It is ironic that the 2016 Oscars were overshadowed by accusations of racism and lack of diversity, yet the very first Oscars held back in the racially insensitive days of 1929 displayed … Continue reading

Tsukimonogatari

Tsukimonogatari

Tsukimonogatari (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 103 minutes approx. Release Date: May 30th There is a point during the final episode of this latest release from the Monogatari saga in which the following dialogue comes from the mouth of the show’s protagonist Koyomi Araragi: “I’m dense. I don’t understand when … Continue reading

Enemies In-Law (Wiheomhan Sanggyeonrye 2)

Enemies In-Law (Wiheomhan Sanggyeonrye 2)

Enemies In-Law (Wiheomhan Sanggyeonrye 2) Korea (2015) Dir. Kim Jin-young If you are wondering why the original Korean title has a “2” at the end of it and don’t recall an previous film with this title, this is because this is a spiritual sequel of sorts to the 2011 film Meet The In-Laws also directed … Continue reading

The Bunker (Der Bunker)

The Bunker (Der Bunker)

The Bunker (Der Bunker) Germany (2015) Dir. Nikias Chryssos It has been a long held myth here in old Blighty that the Germans don’t possess a sense of humour. Perhaps not so demonstrably untrue if their film output is being judged, it is fair to say that Teutonic humour is considerably more esoteric to our … Continue reading