Dragonball Season 5

Dragonball Season 5 (Episodes 123-153) (Cert 12) 4 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 755 minutes approx. It’s been quite a trek but we finally make it to the end of the journey for Son Goku and friends with this fifth and final volume in the first ever series of this classic franchise. When we … Continue reading Dragonball Season 5

Revenge: A Love Story (Fuk sau che chi sei)

Revenge: A Love Story (Fuk sau che chi sei) Hong Kong (2010) Dir. Wong Ching-Po In some ways a complete plot summary for this film feels a little unnecessary as the title really does say it all but the events behind it are quite extraordinary and warrant revision to make the title clearer just in … Continue reading Revenge: A Love Story (Fuk sau che chi sei)

The Players (Les infidels)

The Players (Les infidels) France (2012) Dirs. Various Oscar winner Jean Dujardin’s follow-up project to the Oscar winning film The Artist, caused some outrage before it was released. While The Artist was finally making waves globally, the French poster for his next film The Players, which showed Dujardin grasping a vertical pair of stocking clad … Continue reading The Players (Les infidels)

The Guitar Mongoloid (Gitarrmongot)

The Guitar Mongoloid (Gitarrmongot) Sweden (2004) Dir. Ruben Östlund It’s rather difficult to know what to say about this debut feature length film from Swedish auteur Ruben Östlund. While The Guitar Mongoloid contains the merest traces of the trenchant social commentary style of his later films such Play and Involuntary it stands alone because of … Continue reading The Guitar Mongoloid (Gitarrmongot)

Nekomonogatari White

Nekomonogatari White (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 122 minutes approx. We return once again to the Monogatari universe where the quirky cast all appear to be possessed by supernatural spirits which has resulted in them suffering from extreme verbal diarrhoea.   To explain any confusion that might arise from the title of … Continue reading Nekomonogatari White

Involuntary (De ofrivilliga)

Involuntary (De ofrivilliga) Sweden (2008) Dir. Ruben Östlund The second feature length film from Swedish auteur Ruben Östlund is a wry omnibus look at group behaviour and peer pressure in an unfiltered and artifice free manner through its minimalist and often abstract approach to its narrative. Made up of first disparate skits representing a cross … Continue reading Involuntary (De ofrivilliga)

WWE – Night Of Champions 2014

WWE – Night Of Champions 2014 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 166 minutes approx. The fallout from Summerslam is usually the basis for the annual Night Of Champions show, so-called as it was originally designed to be a show where every championship would be defended. This was of … Continue reading WWE – Night Of Champions 2014

An Ethics Lesson (Bun-no-ui Yun-ni-hak)

An Ethics Lesson (Bun-no-ui Yun-ni-hak) Korean (2013) Dir. Park Myung-rang It is not until very late into the final act of this debut offering from writer-director Park Myung-rang that the original Korean title Ethics Of Fury makes some sense as the poor attitudes of the main cast come to light. The altered English title however … Continue reading An Ethics Lesson (Bun-no-ui Yun-ni-hak)

Ran

Ran Japan (1985) Dir. Akira Kurosawa For his last major epic film, legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa turns to Shakespeare’s King Lear for inspiration in a tale which some scholars say was also somewhat autobiographical. In feudal Japan, Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) announces on the eve of his 70th birthday that he would abdicate … Continue reading Ran

Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai ri yan huo)

Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai ri yan huo) China (2014) Dir. Diao Yinan The murder mystery is a genre which often lends itself to cinematic splendour, a veritable concoction of light, shadow and glossy imagery with an impossibly glamorous cast to boot. Leave it to mainland Chinese director Diao Yinan to subvert this with his … Continue reading Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai ri yan huo)