SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2)

SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2) China/Hong Kong (2015) Dir. Cheang Pou-soi Some readers may recall the 2005 Donnie Yen film Kill Zone (originally titled SPL: Sha Po Lang in its native Hong Kong) - well, forget it because this film is a “sequel in name only” affair which makes little … Continue reading SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2)

The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray/DVD (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 308 minutes approx. In all fairness the family under the microscope in this quirky and offbeat series isn’t necessarily eccentric per se just because they aren’t actually human. The Shimogamo Family - Yasaburo, Yaichiro, Yajiro, Yashiro and their mother - are all shape … Continue reading The Eccentric Family

Coppelion – Complete Series Collection

Coppelion - Complete Series Collection (Cert 12) 3 Discs (Distributor: Kaze UK) Running time: 297 minutes approx. The Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster of 2011 was a terrifying moment in recent Japanese history, the effects of which are still being felt to this day. In 2008 a manga by Tomonori Inoue called Coppelion appeared which … Continue reading Coppelion – Complete Series Collection

Theeb

Theeb UAE/Jordan/Qatar (2014) Dir. Naji Abu Nowar Arabian cinema is not the most prolific in the world, at least in terms of getting noticed outside of its own borders and into the international market, which is why Theeb (Arabic for “wolf”) deserves attention for not only breaking this tradition but also sees three Arabic countries … Continue reading Theeb

Gangster Payday (Da cha fan)

Gangster Payday (Da cha fan) Hong Kong (2014) Dir. Lee Po-Cheung The gangster film has been a popular staple for Hong Kong cinema over the past few decades but rarely has it been the subject of a comedy, something Lee Po-Cheung, in his second film as director, has chosen to address. Brother Ghost (Anthony Wong) … Continue reading Gangster Payday (Da cha fan)

WWE – Undertaker – The Streak 21-1: R.I.P Edition

WWE - Undertaker - The Streak 21-1: R.I.P Edition (Cert 15) 5 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 539 minutes approx. From his debut at the 1990 Survivor Series as the mystery partner of Ted DiBiase’s team, The Undertaker has been something special, from feuding with the Ultimate Warrior just months after arriving to … Continue reading WWE – Undertaker – The Streak 21-1: R.I.P Edition

Spectre

Spectre UK (2015) Dir. Sam Mendes “It’s a Bond film!” This is what I kept having to tell myself whenever something incredulous took place during the 24th entry into the film canon of the legendary James Bond franchise. After Skyfall took some chances and remodelled Bond for the 21st century, Spectre takes a number of … Continue reading Spectre

Song Of The Sea

Song Of The Sea (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studio Canal) Running Time: 93 minutes approx. In terms of modern animated films, the mainstream masses have chosen Hollywood heavy hitters PIXAR as their saviour while the more discerning film fan looks to Studio Ghibli from Japan as theirs. So it is a pleasant surprise that … Continue reading Song Of The Sea

Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime)

Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) Japan (2014) Dir. Taisuke Kawamura Getting the live action treatment this time is Princess Jellyfish, a quirky cult anime series that in reality shouldn’t work outside of the animated medium, due to its eccentric characters - especially as film makers have an annoying habit of altering the material to suit themselves, often … Continue reading Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime)

WWE – Night Of Champions 2015

WWE – Night Of Champions 2015 (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/ BD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 162 minutes approx.   On a night where every champion defends their title this year’s iteration of Night Of Champions has a double main event which exposes the lack of star power and credible names at the top of … Continue reading WWE – Night Of Champions 2015