Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no takkyûbin)

Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no takkyûbin) Japan (2014) Dir. Takashi Shimizu The perils of making a live action version of an animated film or TV series will never change regardless of the status of the original. Most people won’t be aware that Kiki’s Delivery Service was in fact a 1985 novel by Eiko Kadono before … Continue reading Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no takkyûbin)

Tuesday, After Christmas (Marti, dupa craciun)

Tuesday, After Christmas (Marti, dupa craciun) Romania (2010) Dir. Radu Muntean Love triangles are arguably one of the most popular – or hackneyed – “go to” story ideas for writers and filmmakers alike. It really doesn’t matter what the setting is, the circumstances, the location or in what era it takes place, the central premise … Continue reading Tuesday, After Christmas (Marti, dupa craciun)

Goodbye First Love (Un amour de jeunesse)

Goodbye First Love (Un amour de jeunesse) France (2011) Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve There is a scene late in this film where the two principals leave a cinema and in discussing the movie they just saw, the male complains “It’s so French! It’s talky, complacent.” It is therefore with some irony that this could be levied … Continue reading Goodbye First Love (Un amour de jeunesse)

Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison

Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 98 minutes approx. We’ve reached film number eight in the Naruto catalogue but the fifth to carry the Shippuden suffix, which also makes up part of a five disc box set of the Shippuden movies to date. Unfortunately Manga is … Continue reading Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae)

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae) Korea (2014) Dir. Yun Jong-bin It may be an act of laziness to describe this Korean martial arts period drama blockbuster as “Robin Hood meets Seven Samurai in 19th century Korea” but it is an accurate description of Yun Jong-Bin’s follow up to his hugely successful Nameless … Continue reading Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae)

WWE – True Giants

WWE – True Giants (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray / 3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 108 minutes approx Pro-wrestling has always been the domain of the big man, be it in the old territory days when the occasional super sized worker would make for a special attraction to today where certain promoters … Continue reading WWE – True Giants

Bayonetta (The Movie): Bloody Fate

Bayonetta (The Movie): Bloody Fate (Cert 18) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 86 minutes approx     Just like Hollywood is covering up the dearth of fresh ideas for its films by raiding the comic book franchises and reboots of existing classics, anime is heading down a similar path by adapting the plots … Continue reading Bayonetta (The Movie): Bloody Fate