None Shall Escape

None Shall Escape US (1944) Dir. André De Toth This surprisingly little known film is a prime example of “Life imitating art”, setting quite a chilling precedent with its undeniably eerie prescience due to its subject matter. Made while World War II was still going, this film is set in the near post-war future presenting … Continue reading None Shall Escape

The Kid

The Kid US (1921) Dir. Charles Chaplin Confession time - I’ve never really “got” Chaplin although to be fair I’ve not seen any of his works aside from clips in documentaries and one short film which didn’t do anything for me. For whatever reason, I never took to Chaplin as I did his contemporaries Buster … Continue reading The Kid

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) US (2014) Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu This meta satire on the fame game was the big winner at this year’s Oscars, including bagging the Best Film award. It’s a modestly budgeted affair which recouped its expenditure six times over yet was hardly a blockbuster, and follows an unconventional … Continue reading Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Part 1

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Part 1 (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 299 minutes approx. Back in 1967, the world was all about peace, love, Sgt. Pepper, being groovy and wearing flowers in your hair. In an alternate timeline however 1967 was the year an alien life form called BETA (Beings … Continue reading Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Part 1

100 Yen Love (Hyakuen no koi)

100 Yen Love (Hyakuen no koi) Japan (2014) Dir. Masaharu Take Korean-Japanese director Masaharu Take explores an esoteric avenue to personal achievement in this quirky comedy drama that hopes to provide inspiration to the least of us. Jobless and unskilled 32 year-old Ichiko (Sakura Ando) lives at home with her family above their small bento … Continue reading 100 Yen Love (Hyakuen no koi)

Mea culpa

Mea culpa France (2014) Dir. Fred Cavayé The French may have a reputation of producing either heavily talkative arthouse films or quirky romantic rom-coms but they are capable of making decent action/crime thrillers too. While their TV output of recent years - Spiral, Braquo, Witnesses - has bulldozed its way into our consciousness, the big … Continue reading Mea culpa

WWE – Money In The Bank 2015

WWE – Money In The Bank 2015 (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/BD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 175 minutes approx. Continuing the breathless run of back-to-back PPV shows which started with Payback then just TWO WEEKS later was Elimination Chamber then just two weeks after that came the sixth annual Money In The Bank event. … Continue reading WWE – Money In The Bank 2015

The Burning

The Burning (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray/DVD (Distributor: Arrow Films) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. In the Argentinean rainforests of Rio Parana, the natives are said to pray for assistance from “beings” of the rivers during times of crisis. A shirtless shaman named Kai (Gael Garcia Bernal) wanders into the shabby homestead of a tobacco … Continue reading The Burning

Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1

Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 (Cert PG) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 297 minutes approx. When K-ON! hit the anime scene a few years back, alongside the ascension of rock goddesses SCANDAL, it led to many Japanese schoolgirls picking up guitars and forming bands. Prior to this, the dominance in J-pop music … Continue reading Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1

Sea Fog (Haemoo)

Sea Fog (Haemoo) Korea (2014) Dir. Shim Sung-bo Illegal immigration is a hot topic at the moment and contrary to what we may believe in own national press about it being a problem exclusive to us, it is something that affects many other countries too. This directorial debut from Shim Sung-bo, writer of the crime … Continue reading Sea Fog (Haemoo)