Bleach Series 16 Part 2

Bleach Series 16 Part 2 (Episodes 355-366) (Cert 12) 3 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment/Kaze UK) Running time: 279 minutes approx. “And now, the end is near” It’s not just near but it is actually here. After eight years and three hundred and sixty six episodes the Bleach anime reaches its final release here in the … Continue reading Bleach Series 16 Part 2

Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)

Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes) Argentina (2014) Dir. Damián Szifrón In what has to be considered a rarity, this compendium of delightfully dark short tales based around the themes of violence, revenge and hasty actions under pressure is in fact the product of just one director and not a combined effort from numerous hands. Will some … Continue reading Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)

Best Of WCW Monday Nitro Vol 3

Best Of WCW Monday Nitro Vol 3 (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD/ 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 384 minutes approx. Time to get the salt cellar out for this third compilation of matches and angles from the WCW Monday Nitro archives. It’s a little hard to take the “best of” legend seriously … Continue reading Best Of WCW Monday Nitro Vol 3

Force Majeure

Force Majeure Sweden (2014) Dir. Ruben Östlund Over the past few years Sweden’s Ruben Östlund has carved a niche out for himself as a master of the bleak, gritty confrontational domestic drama, covering many themes from racism and bullying to Downs Syndrome to peer pressure. Force Majeure sees Östlund spread his wings in terms of ambition … Continue reading Force Majeure

Avengers – Age Of Ultron

Avengers - Age Of Ultron (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Marvel) Running Time: 141 minutes approx. When Avengers Assemble became the third highest grossing film of all time in 2012 the sequel was not only inevitable but no doubt already commissioned before the champagne bottle was opened during the opening weekend celebrations. Then again … Continue reading Avengers – Age Of Ultron

The Comic Artist & His Assistants

The Comic Artist & His Assistants (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 167 minutes approx. For once the title of this comedy series tells you pretty much all you need to know about its subject matter with no ambiguity or metaphor. I say “pretty much” however because there is one rather salient … Continue reading The Comic Artist & His Assistants

The Golden Dream (La jaula de oro)

The Golden Dream (La jaula de oro) Mexico (2013) Dir. Diego Quemada-Díez It is amazing how many subjects for films, music or other forms of artistic expression seem to have a lifespan beyond the period in which they were made in terms of their congruence and relevance to modern times. With the current migration/refugee issue … Continue reading The Golden Dream (La jaula de oro)

Noragami Complete Series Collection

Noragami Complete Series Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 291 minutes approx. Because the Japanese take on religion and supernatural folklore is wildly different from ours here in the west, they have the greater luxury of integrating these elements into stories set in everyday suburban life with relative ease. Anime in … Continue reading Noragami Complete Series Collection

Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés)

Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés) France (1968) Dir. François Truffaut I approach this film at a slight disadvantage, not just because I wasn’t overly enamoured with Truffaut’s celebrated Jules et Jim, but because Stolen Kisses is a continuation of the story begun in Truffaut’s debut film The 400 Blows, which I have not seen. This is … Continue reading Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés)

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter US (2014) Dir. David Zellner Dreams. We all have them and sometimes it is the right to do in pursuing them, whether success is achieved or not, but what if those dreams are based on a delusion? We’re not talking entering the X-Factor whilst being unable to sing but chasing something … Continue reading Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter