Ku! Kin-dza-dza

Ku! Kin-dza-dza Russia (2013) Dirs. Georgiy Daneliya, Tatiana Ilyina In modern day Russia, noted cellist Vladimir Nikolayevich Chizhov and his great-nephew, wannabe DJ Tolik are approached on the street one cold wintry night by a strange man wearing a tatty dressing gown and a crown of flowers on his head. The man is holding a … Continue reading Ku! Kin-dza-dza

The Bounty

The Bounty (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM Entertainment) Running time: 100 minutes approx. Cho Sai Fung (Chapman To) is a low rent bounty hunter, no job too big or too small – except he usually gets the small ones. His boss Tony (Hugo Won) puts Cho onto a new job with a $400,000 HK … Continue reading The Bounty

Nisemonogatari Part 2

Nisemonogatari Part 2 (Episodes 8-11) (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 97 minutes approx. As is usually the form, I open each review with a brief outline or summary of the plot of the series or film in question. Unfortunately Nisemonogatari creator Nisio Isin has made this a rather difficult endeavour with the … Continue reading Nisemonogatari Part 2


Greed US (1924) Dir. Erich von Stroheim It’s rare for a movie to be hailed as “the greatest film you’ll never see” but this silent epic from revered but controversial German actor/director Erich von Stroheim can lay claim to this title. The story behind it is the stuff of legend but a necessary one to … Continue reading Greed

A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)

  A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza) Italy (2012) Dir. Ferzan Ozpetek A would be actor who has to settle for working as a baker, Pietro Pontechievello (Elio Germano), moves into a small apartment that his lawyer cousin Maria (Paola Minaccioni) has a bad feeling about. It turns out that Maria was right, for Pietro soon … Continue reading A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)

Eureka Seven AO – Astral Ocean Part 1

Eureka Seven AO - Astral Ocean Part 1 (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 283 minutes approx. In 2025, Earth is under attack from an alien race called G-Monsters whenever a Scub Coral appears on the land. On the now autonomous Okinawa Islands 13-year-old schoolboy Ao Fukai, accidentally foils an … Continue reading Eureka Seven AO – Astral Ocean Part 1

MIB’s Top Ten Films of 2013

The year in film for 2013 has been another interesting one that has seen the trend of continuing and rebooting popular franchises dominating the mainstream, while the World Cinema market continues to impress from beyond the gaze of mass audiences with an array of titles that combine power, beauty, realism and confrontation of major issues, … Continue reading MIB’s Top Ten Films of 2013

MIB’s Top Ten Anime of 2013 (Japan)

As 2013 draws to a close it is time to reflect over the abundance of new anime titles that made their mark on TV and cinema screens in their native Japan. As usual an eclectic mix of ideas and genres were brought to life via the medium of animation with similarly mixed results. All the … Continue reading MIB’s Top Ten Anime of 2013 (Japan)

Hal (Haru)

Hal (Haru) Japan (2013) Dir. Ryōtarō Makihara In a technologically advanced society in Kyoto, the relationship between Hal and Kurumi is ended by an aeroplane explosion. A robot named Q01 is programmed to act like a human and replace Hal in order to help Kurumi learn to live again. Hal has to learn all about … Continue reading Hal (Haru)

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Broken Circle Breakdown Belgium (2012) Dir. Felix Van Groeningen At the turn of the millennium, bearded banjo player Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) and heavily tattooed Elise (Veerle Baetens) may be polar opposites – he’s an atheist while she sports a cross – but that doesn’t stop them falling in love after bonding over their passion … Continue reading The Broken Circle Breakdown