The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book US (2016) Dir. Jon Favreau Having recently got round to viewing the celebrated 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale from Disney, it is time to take a look at their recent updated live action version from Hollywood. The story is largely the same as before, expanded at the expense of … Continue reading

Flying Colours (Birigyaru)

Flying Colours (Birigyaru)

Flying Colours (Birigyaru) Japan (2015) Dir. Nobuhiro Doi I never got on well at school for a number of reasons, but while some of us struggle, others seem to squander their abilities and hope to coast through school without making an effort. Naturally, that will catch up on you and ruin your post-education prospects. It … Continue reading

The Lost World

The Lost World

The Lost World US (1925) Dir. Harry Hoyt For many years The Lost World was a lost film, like so many from the silent period. By the time talkies became de rigueur in 1929 prints of the film were destroyed to make room for a sound remake (which became King Kong in 1933). While various … Continue reading

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 275 minutes approx. Release Date: October 3rd The path to true love is never smooth, they say and if you want to impress the person you’ve been crushing on, you’d better get it right first time as second chances rarely occur. … Continue reading

Les visiteurs

Les visiteurs

Les visiteurs France (1993) Dir. Jean-Marie Poiré Time travel films are hard to get right, especially as pedantic nerds will be waiting to rip apart the disruption of the space-time continuum and the paradox of someone being in the same time zone with their modern or past counterparts. So, the best approach is to make … Continue reading

Summertime (La belle saison)

Summertime (La belle saison)

Summertime (La belle saison) France (2015) Dir. Catherine Corsini It seems any French film dealing with lesbian relationships will incur hasty comparisons, or at least a cursory nod towards Blue Is the Warmest Colour. For actor-writer-director Catherine Corsini, her latest outing possesses only the barest of similarities, proving quite quickly to be substantial enough to … Continue reading

Remember You (Nareul Itjimarayo)

Remember You (Nareul Itjimarayo)

Remember You (Nareul Itjimarayo) Korea (2016) Dir. Lee Yoon-Jung Memories, good and bad, need to be held on to – they make up a part of who we are. Losing them could spell disaster, but is it ever justified withholding a particularly memory, no matter how devastating it might be, from someone who has amnesia? … Continue reading

Akame ga Kill Collection 2

Akame ga Kill Collection 2

Akame ga Kill Collection 2 (Episodes 13-24)(Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 284 minutes approx. Release Date: September 26th Another title which has suffered from the odd delay or two finally surfaces, resulting in a six-month plus gap between releases, the concluding part of Akame ga Kill begins as … Continue reading

High Noon

High Noon

High Noon US (1952) Dir. Fred Zinnemann I must open with the confession that I am not a big fan of westerns. Never have been really but when High Noon, considered by many to be the definitive western, appeared on TV the other day I finally relented and crossed this seminal opus from my “to … Continue reading

Sing Street

Sing Street

Sing Street Ireland (2016) Dir. John Carney Is it possible to discuss Sing Street without making any comparisons to 1991’s classic The Commitments? To wit: both are set in Dublin, both are about playing music to escape one’s woes, and both very funny, evocative yarns. The older film is much grittier but the passion is … Continue reading