There Is Light (Kurayami kara te wo nobase)

There Is Light (Kurayami kara te wo nobase) Japan (2013) Dir. Yukihiro Toda Saori (Maya Koizumi) is an escort who takes a job with Honey Lips, a service that caters exclusively for disabled clients, because she thinks it will be easy work. Her interaction with three particular clients makes Saori re-evaluate her attitudes towards people … Continue reading There Is Light (Kurayami kara te wo nobase)

Planet Of The Apes

  Planet Of The Apes US (1968) Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner After witnessing the 2011 reboot of this franchise which served as the first part of an origins/prequel to this film, I felt duty bound to seek this much heralded classic out, my only memories of it being very fleeting ones of the spin off … Continue reading Planet Of The Apes

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes US (2011) Dir. Rupert Wyatt To be honest Hollywood blockbusters and I haven’t got along too well over the past decade or so, largely due to most of them being “reboots”, remakes or just plain awful. So when this “reboot” of the franchise which began with the classic … Continue reading Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fairy Tail The Movie – The Phoenix Priestess

Fairy Tail The Movie - The Phoenix Priestess (Cert 12) 1 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 82 minutes approx. Having quickly risen up the ranks of the shonen fantasy milieu Fairy Tail becomes the latest series to see its franchise expand to the big screen with The Phoenix Priestess. In the past this step … Continue reading Fairy Tail The Movie – The Phoenix Priestess

Elvira Madigan

Elvira Madigan Sweden (1967) Dir. Bo Widerberg They say you can’t help who you fall in love with and for one young couple the lesson is learned is the hard way. Based on a tragic true story, our star crossed lovers are not only haunted by their pasts but their present is also intolerably fraught … Continue reading Elvira Madigan

Jormungand Complete Season 1

Jormungand Complete Season 1 (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 296 minutes approx. In a Monty Python sketch where a group of vox pops explained what they would do the sake of peace, Eric Idle, dressed as a hippy era John Lennon, said “I’m starting a war for peace”. I’m … Continue reading Jormungand Complete Season 1

Accel World Part 2

Accel World Part 2 (Episodes 13-24) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 273 minutes approx.  We return to the suddenly exciting life of tubby school boy loser Haruyuki “Haru” Arita whose prowess in the virtual reality world of video games has earned him the friendship of school Student Council Vice-President Kuroyukihime. Together they … Continue reading Accel World Part 2

Topless (Toppuresu)

Topless (Toppuresu) Japan (2008) Dir. Eiji Uchida Johnny Cash famously observed “Love is burning thing” and this appears to very true regardless of one’s sexual orientation. The bright and bubbly Natsuko (Mina Shimizu) upsets her lover of ten years Tomomi (Erika Okuda) and they split up. To compensate Natsuko has a string of meaningless flings … Continue reading Topless (Toppuresu)

The Suspect (Yong-eui-ja)

The Suspect (Yong-eui-ja) Korea (2013) Dir. Won Shin-yeon Former North Korean special forces agent Ji Dong-chul (Gong Yoo) was abandoned during a mission when political power changed. Upon learning his wife and daughter were killed, Dong-chul defected to the South where he works as the chauffeur for industrialist Park Geon-ho (Song Jae-ho) who has ties … Continue reading The Suspect (Yong-eui-ja)

A Man And A Woman (Un homme et une femme)

A Man And A Woman (Un homme et une femme) France (1966) Dir. Claude Lelouch It seems that arriving to a classic and much lauded film quite late and having opinions contrary to the default praise and reverence it always receives is one thing – do this with a foreign language film especially those that … Continue reading A Man And A Woman (Un homme et une femme)