Oreimo Series 2 Collection

  Oreimo Series 2 Collection (Cert 15) 3 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 377 minutes approx. The first series of the provocatively titled My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute delighted in taking us within millimetres of a potentially unsavoury relationship between brother and sister Kyosuke and Kirino Kosaka. But it stayed on the right … Continue reading Oreimo Series 2 Collection

Exit (Hui guang zoumingqu)

Exit (Hui guang zoumingqu) Taiwan (2014) Dir. Chienn Hsiang In the wake of the film industry in Mainland China opening its doors to wider avenues, there has been concern of a decline in the output of Taiwanese cinema, but with the current success of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin and Exit, the directorial debut from renowned … Continue reading Exit (Hui guang zoumingqu)

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) France (2013) Dir. Cédric Klapisch With this film writer-director Cédric Klapisch brings his Spanish Apartment Trilogy to a close, reuniting the main characters and former flatmates from the previous films - Pot Luck and Russian Dolls - who are all older but in some cases, not any wiser, this time in New … Continue reading Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

Coming Home (Gui lai)

Coming Home (Gui lai) China (2014) Dir. Zhang Yimou After the lavish Flowers of War, legendary Chinese director Zhang Yimou returns to the humble domestic drama with which he made his name, once again collaborating with his erstwhile muse and former partner Gong Li for the first time since 2006’s historical epic Curse Of The … Continue reading Coming Home (Gui lai)

WWE – Survivor Series 2015

WWE – Survivor Series 2015 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 161 minutes approx. WWE found themselves in a bit of a pickle heading into this show when WWE Champion Seth Rollins suffered a knee injury during a house show in Dublin, Ireland and was immediately sidelined for nine … Continue reading WWE – Survivor Series 2015

13 Minutes (Elser)

13 Minutes (Elser) Germany (2015) Dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel After the embarrassment of his flop biopic of the Princess Of Wales, Diana, German director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to the subject with which he made his name via 2004’s spellbinding Downfall, Nazi Germany, with much more gratifying and satisfying results. The focus this time isn’t Hitler himself … Continue reading 13 Minutes (Elser)

Oreimo Series 1 Collection

Oreimo Series 1 Collection (Cert 18) 3 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 404 minutes approx. The Japanese have certain peccadilloes which we here in the West aren’t quite able to fully appreciate, and many of these tend to manifest themselves in anime and manga, presumably because it is easier to get away with it in … Continue reading Oreimo Series 1 Collection

The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini)

The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini) Italy (1970) Dir. Vittorio De Sica The last major success for the Godfather of Neo Realism cinema Vittorio De Sica is an adaptation of the 1962 novel by Giorgio Bassani, part of his highly regarded series exploring the lives of Italian Jews in Ferrara, northern … Continue reading The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini)

Bon Lin (Bon to Lin chan)

Bon Lin (Bon to Lin chan) Japan (2014) Dir. Keiichi Kobayashi The Japanese do quirky like no other country but sometimes their take on quirky is so sardonic it is hard to determine where the joke is aimed at - the subject matter, the characters or the viewer. For that reason Bon Lin is a … Continue reading Bon Lin (Bon to Lin chan)

Hidamari Sketch Series One Collection

Hidamari Sketch Series One Collection (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 276 minutes approx. One of the more esoteric genres of manga is the slice-of-life four-panel or 4-koma comic strip, random affairs due to their brevity which embrace the quirkier side of Japanese humour. With the standard formula being a quartet of (mostly) … Continue reading Hidamari Sketch Series One Collection