The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book US (1967) Dir. Wolfgang Reitherman Yes, I know there is a new CGI version of this classic Rudyard Kipling tale out but the reason for reviewing this eximious Disney version now is twofold – first, the 2016 version will be held up against this film making it necessary to watch for the … Continue reading

The Girl King

The Girl King

The Girl King Finland (2015) Dir. Mika Kaurismäki Yes, I know the proper term for a female king is a “queen” but the reason for this title becomes apparent rather quickly, or even earlier if one is already aware of the history of the infamous and rather groundbreaking Queen Christina of Sweden. And if she … Continue reading

Punch Line Complete Collection

Punch Line Complete Collection

Punch Line Complete Collection (Cert 15) 2 Disc Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 293 minutes approx. Release Date: August 29th  We all have our weaknesses but they are for us alone to live with, so spare a thought for Yuta Iridatsu, a young lad whose personal problem is likely to have dire, … Continue reading

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series (Cert U) 2 Disc Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 310 minutes approx. Release Date: August 29th  Spare a thought for anime reviewers like yours truly for when a show comes along that is so generic and clichéd, the reader will divine every aspect of it from the central plot … Continue reading

Island Of Lost Souls

Island Of Lost Souls

Island Of Lost Souls US (1932) Dir. Erle C. Kenton When Universal scored unexpected success in 1931 with their horror double whammy of Dracula and Frankenstein other film studios rushed to capitalise on this and get a piece of the action for themselves. Paramount were quick off the mark with Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde … Continue reading

Black Souls (Anime nere)

Black Souls (Anime nere)

Black Souls (Anime nere) Italy (2014) Dir. Francesco Munzi When one thinks of films concerning the Mafia obviously The Godfather will immediately spring to mind, along with Goodfellas and the modern Italian update in Gommarah. With the template pretty much established by these films, Black Souls will likely prove to be either a pleasant surprise … Continue reading

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi)

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi)

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi) Japan (2015) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Usually when a loved one passes away our initial reaction is want them back. So, what would you do if they did come back to life? Known here in the West for his creepy horror films, Kiyoshi Kurosawa takes this premise and instead … Continue reading

Log Horizon Series 2 Part 1

Log Horizon Series 2 Part 1

Log Horizon Series 2 Part 1 (Episode 1-13) (Cert 12) 3 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 338 minutes approx. Release Date: September 5th Before diving into the second season of this fantasy series featuring a group of MMORPG players trapped inside the game Elder Tale, it is advised to reacquaint yourself with … Continue reading

Disorder (aka Maryland)

Disorder (aka Maryland)

Disorder (aka Maryland) France/Belgium (2015) Dir. Alice Winocour When you can’t understand what is going on in your own head it is far harder for other people to understand you. Whilst I can’t – and daren’t – compare my Asperger’s to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) I can empathise with people who are fighting a battle … Continue reading