The 3 Penny Opera (Die 3 Groschen-Oper)

The 3 Penny Opera (Die 3 Groschen-Oper) Germany (1931) Dir. G.W Pabst A little leeway is required here as this big screen adaptation of the famous musical drama written by Bertol Brecht with music by Kurt Weill features very little singing. This was largely due to director G.W Pabst being more interested in the actual … Continue reading The 3 Penny Opera (Die 3 Groschen-Oper)

Patlabor OVA Series 2 – The New Files Collection

Patlabor OVA Series 2 - The New Files Collection (Cert 15) 3 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 378 minutes approx. The last release on these shores to carry the Patlabor name was over eighteen months ago, and normally the recommendation would be to revisit the previous outing in preparation for this new one. However this … Continue reading Patlabor OVA Series 2 – The New Files Collection

The Blade (Dao)

The Blade (Dao) Hong Kong (1995) Dir. Tsui Hark Tsui Hark is a legend in the world of Martial Arts cinema, and could almost be considered an auteur - his flair for misty atmospheric settings, hugely inventive, gravity defying fights which led to his development of the wire fu method are instantly recognisable and often … Continue reading The Blade (Dao)

RWBY Volume 1

RWBY Volume 1 (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 113 minutes approx. Question: When is an anime not an anime? Answer: When it is the creation of Rooster Teeth. I must confess I had not heard of Rooster Teeth or this series before, then again I am not a gamer which is … Continue reading RWBY Volume 1

Echoes From The Dead (Skumtimmen)

Echoes From The Dead (Skumtimmen) Sweden (2013) Dir. Daniel Alfredson Marketing people must often be unpopular with filmmakers when their efforts to promote a film raises expectations in the eyes of the audience. The poster for Echoes From The Dead proudly proclaims “From The Producers Of The Millennium Trilogy” and the film is directed by … Continue reading Echoes From The Dead (Skumtimmen)

It Follows

It Follows (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Icon Home Entertainment) Running Time: 100 minutes approx. America and Japan have something in common - whenever they make a horror film it almost assuredly revolves around teenage protagonists. This latest low budget affair from the US is no different but it does at least try to do … Continue reading It Follows

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Dragon’s Loyalty Award I am humbled to receive this particular award from not one but TWO fellow bloggers! Thus I am indebted and grateful to Medieval Otaku and Vinnie H for their nominations. As ever with these blogging awards there are the customs which must be adhered to and this one is no different. However … Continue reading Dragon’s Loyalty Award


Kwaidan Japan (1964) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi The J-Horror boom of the late 90’s, spearheaded by the classic Ringu introduced modern cinema fans here in the west to the long black-haired vengeful spirit and the nightmares they engendered among the Japanese populace. While this was a fairly new sensation for us in Asia this has long … Continue reading Kwaidan

Familiar Of Zero Series 3: Rondo Of Princesses

Familiar Of Zero Series 3: Rondo Of Princesses (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 296 minutes approx. Okay who was it? Who asked for third season of Familiar Of Zero? Own up! Whether we want it or not, the adventures of long-suffering Saito Hiraga and his tsundere mage boss Louise Françoise Le Blanc … Continue reading Familiar Of Zero Series 3: Rondo Of Princesses


Dracula UK (1958) Dir. Terence Fisher This review comes twenty-four hours after the sad passing of the film’s star Sir Christopher Lee aged 93, after an amazingly prolific and genre spanning career which lasted nearly seven decades. While Sir Christopher played many iconic roles in that time and in many seminal franchises - the most … Continue reading Dracula