The Lovers And The Despot

The Lovers And The Despot

The Lovers And The Despot UK (2016) Dirs. Ross Adam & Robert Cannan Although they may not realise it, the ruling dictatorship of the Kim family of North Korea is quite the laughing stock here in the free world and has been for quite a while, at least based on the little information we do … Continue reading

Aloys

Aloys

Aloys Switzerland (2016) Dir. Tobias Nölle Probably not the best way to start a review but, I cannot lie – I didn’t have a clue what was going on most of the time in this film. Aloys, the second film from Swiss newcomer Tobias Nölle, is a psychological reality bending drama dealing with grief and … Continue reading

Sparrows

Sparrows

Sparrows US (1926) Dirs. William Beaudine & Tom McNamara It’s long overdue but I’ve finally broken my Mary Pickford cherry. The First Lady Of US Cinema’s vast catalogue of films, mostly shorts, either no longer exist or are sadly unavailable here in Old Blighty but thanks to a free film app I found on my … Continue reading

La La Land

La La Land

La La Land US (2016) Dir. Damien Chazelle Having birthed a new generation of jazz fans through his impressive debut Whiplash (my top film of 2015) Damien Chazelle continues to espouse his love for jazz, this time within the context of breaking down another “uncool” barrier for modern film fans – the musical. A staple … Continue reading

WWE – Survivor Series 2016

WWE – Survivor Series 2016

WWE – Survivor Series 2016 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 197 minutes approx. Release Date: January 23rd The 30th instalment of this classic PPV concept comes with two big stories heading into it. First is the hastily conceived rivalry between RAW and Smackdown in the name of brand … Continue reading

Girls Lost (Pojkarna)

Girls Lost (Pojkarna)

Girls Lost (Pojkarna) Sweden (2015) Dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining In cinema, the body swap concept has served as fertile ground for comedy over the years, getting tawdrier as censorship becomes more flexible but there is a serious side to changing gender which seldom gets explored – until now. Three fourteen year-old schoolgirls Kim (Tuva Jagell), Momo … Continue reading

Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao)

Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao)

Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao) China (2014) Dir. Jiang Wen Serving as a spiritual successor to 2010’s Let The Bullet’s Fly, Jing Wen’s 300 million RMB production was presumably designed to be extraordinarily lavish to distract us from the confusing storyline. Therefore please bear with me if the plot summary is a … Continue reading

Seoul Station (Seoulyeok)

Seoul Station (Seoulyeok)

Seoul Station (Seoulyeok) Korea (2016) Dir. Yeon Sang-Ho I don’t know if this is a precedent or not but after storming the Korean box office with his Train To Busan, Yeon Sang-Ho released an animated prequel a month later. However, both films can be watched without prior knowledge of the other, which may confuse those … Continue reading

Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy

Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy

Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy US (1955) Dir. Charles Lamont After being among the biggest drawing stars at the US box office in the mid-1940’s, the lustre of the career of Abbott and Costello had eroded a decade later. Even after a late boost from pairing them off with the Universal horror monsters, this … Continue reading

One Piece Collection 15

One Piece Collection 15

One Piece Collection 15 (Episodes 349-372) (Cert 15) 4 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 566 minutes approx. Release Date: January 23rd       The more observant among you may have noticed that the last One Piece release reviewed on this site was volume 13. The reason volume 14 wasn’t featured is because I wasn’t afforded … Continue reading