Modern Times

Modern Times

Modern Times US (1936) Dir. Charlie Chaplin This would be the last “silent” film from Chaplin – the quotes are necessary as it features some dialogue, sound effects and even Chaplin singing – making the title ironic in lieu of the narrative that explores the themes of the cost of one’s humanity in a fast … Continue reading

A Certain Magical Index Complete Season 1 Collection

A Certain Magical Index Complete Season 1 Collection

A Certain Magical Index Complete Season 1 Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 569 minutes approx. Release Date: September 14th One of the problems to plague many anime shows of late is the paucity of ideas, resulting in a series being padded out with endless episodes revisiting tired old clichéd set … Continue reading

Murmur Of The Hearts (Nian nian)

Murmur Of The Hearts (Nian nian)

Murmur Of The Hearts (Nian nian) Taiwan/Hong Kong (2015) Dir.  Sylvia Chang As one of Taiwan’s most respected actresses, Sylvia Chang also likes to step behind the camera too. With films like 20 30 40 and Run Papa Run to her credit Chang displays a keen sense of diversity in the themes and stories for … Continue reading

WWE – The Kliq Rules

WWE – The Kliq Rules

WWE – The Kliq Rules (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD/ 2 Discs BD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 67 minutes approx. Release Date: September 7th   One of the most notorious groups in pro-wrestling The Kliq never actually appeared on camera as an active wrestling faction. Everybody knew who the members were and what they got … Continue reading

Notorious

Notorious

Notorious US (1946) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Hitch must have started getting soppy in his old age (well, 46) as his delivers a film that is actually a love triangle despite what the secret agent premise might suggest. But don’t mistake this sentimentality for weakness – there is still a tense story of intrigue and duplicity … Continue reading

Babette’s Feast (Babettes gæstebud)

Babette’s Feast (Babettes gæstebud)

Babette’s Feast (Babettes gæstebud) Denmark (1987) Dir. Gabriel Axel This gentle Oscar winning tale from Denmark is based on a short story by Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen), which was part of her final published work. It is perhaps with some perspicacity that Babette’s Feast has a valedictorian feel to it, elegiac even, as it … Continue reading

Love At First Fight (Les Combattants)

Love At First Fight (Les Combattants)

Love At First Fight (Les Combattants) France (2014) Dir. Thomas Cailley Usually the fights come after people have been in love for a long time but debuting director Thomas Cailley’s romantic comedy of sorts presents us with a coming of age tale born out of unusual circumstances. Arnaud Labrède (Kévin Azaïs) a teenage trainee woodcutter … Continue reading

A Lull In The Sea Part 2

A Lull In The Sea Part 2

A Lull In The Sea Part 2 (Episodes 14-26) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 307 minutes approx. Release Date: September 7th The first half of this fantasy romance series from P.A Works ended on a dramatic note when three of the main characters from the undersea world of Shioshishio were washed away … Continue reading

Zombie Fight Club

Zombie Fight Club

Zombie Fight Club (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Altitude Film Distribution) Running Time: 91 minutes approx. Release Date – August 31st In 2012 Taiwanese actor-director Joe Chien made the island’s first ever horror movie with his publicly funded zombie flick Zombie 108, earning him some international recognition. Chien naturally revisits the genre to have … Continue reading

Still The Water (Futatsume no mado)

Still The Water (Futatsume no mado)

Still The Water (Futatsume no mado) Japan (2014) Dir. Naomi Kawase This elegiac meditation on life, death and relationships through the eyes of two teens from a different background was a big hit at Cannes for Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase, while the director herself believes this is her masterpiece. The setting is the subtropical Amami … Continue reading