My Little Sweet Pea (Mugiko san to)

My Little Sweet Pea (Mugiko san to)

My Little Sweet Pea (Mugiko san to) Japan (2013) Dir. Keisuke Yoshida Being a parent isn’t easy and neither is being a child who grows up without one in their lives. Obviously there can be a number of reasons why this should be but what muddies the waters is not knowing the truth behind these … Continue reading

A Secret (Un secret)

A Secret (Un secret)

A Secret (Un secret) France (2007) Dir. Claude Miller Quite often when a film set during the war bears the accompanying legend “Based on a True Story” it is not uncommon for some viewers to reach for a bag of salt before settling down to watch it. However, in this case such cynicism is not … Continue reading

Rock Around The Clock

Rock Around The Clock

Rock Around The Clock US (1956) Dir. Fred F. Sears Hollywood has never been shy to leap onto a bandwagon if it means bums in seats, even when something is considered rebellious and abhorrent to the uptight killjoys of middle America, such as in 1956 when a new musical style begat the most feared creature … Continue reading

WWE – Payback 2015

WWE – Payback 2015

WWE – Payback 2015 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 168 minutes approx. Release Date: July 13th   Just three weeks after Extreme Rules the WWE took to PPV again for the third annual Payback event. As seems to be the trend of late, most of the matches presented … Continue reading

Samurai Bride Complete Collection

Samurai Bride Complete Collection

Samurai Bride Complete Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 306 minutes approx. Release Date: July 6th     You will have to cast your mind back some three and a half years to when the first series of this ribald Samurai Era franchise, Samurai Girls first hit UK shores. Set in an … Continue reading

The Missing Picture (L’image manquante)

The Missing Picture (L’image manquante)

The Missing Picture (L’image manquante) France/Cambodia (2013) Dir. Rithy Panh “Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.” – Friedrich Nietzsche When looking at the practices and machinations of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge the above quote seem rather apposite, as it could for all communist run states. … Continue reading

The Lunchbox (Dabba)

The Lunchbox (Dabba)

The Lunchbox (Dabba) India (2013) Dir. Ritesh Batra For me, the greatest gift World Cinema gives us is the opportunity to look directly into a culture that would otherwise remain unknown to us, or distorted through mainstream and presuming eyes. This charming Indian film does exactly that. Set in Mumbai, Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is a … Continue reading

Tales From The Dark 2

Tales From The Dark 2

Tales From The Dark 2 Hong Kong (2013) Dirs. Gordon Chan, Laurence Ah Mon & Teddy Robin Kwan As far as follow ups go, this second horror omnibus based on the short stories from noted novelist Lillian Lee hit the screens a mere five weeks after its predecessor, clearly not bothering to wait to see … Continue reading