April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu)

April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu) Japan (2015) Dir. Junichi Ishikawa I suppose if I had thought about it about more I should have waited a few weeks and watched this film on April 1st (although February 29th is an auspicious date in its own right) but then again some people might have assumed it was a … Continue reading April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu)

Coin Locker Girl (Cha-i-na-ta-un)

Coin Locker Girl (Cha-i-na-ta-un) Korea (2015) Dir. Han Jun-hee Making his directorial debut, Han Jun-hee use a grim and violent story to illustrate a notable change in modern South Korea - to wit: women are starting to challenge the long-standing patriarchal society, no longer content with being mere supporting players. Abandoned as a baby in … Continue reading Coin Locker Girl (Cha-i-na-ta-un)

Taxi Tehran

Taxi Tehran (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: New Wave Films) Running Time: 81 minutes approx. You can’t keep a good filmmaker down. Being placed under house arrest for six years on charges of supposed “crimes against the state”, given a twenty year ban from making films and prohibited leaving the country, hasn’t stopped Iranian director … Continue reading Taxi Tehran

No Game No Life

No Game No Life (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 294 minutes approx. If there is one subgenre in anime which is currently being milked for all it is worth it is the “gamers enter a virtual world” concept, with the likes of Sword Art Online, Log Horizon and Accel World spearheading … Continue reading No Game No Life

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road Australia/US (2015) Dir. George Miller I admit I’m a little late to the party with this film. Australian writer-director George Miller returns to the franchise with which he made his name, whilst also breaking its star Mel Gibson, who made three films in the title role, after thirty years. This fourth … Continue reading Mad Max: Fury Road

Haikyu!! Season 1 Collection 1

Haikyu!! Season 1 Collection 1 (Episodes 1-13)(Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 331 minutes approx.   Sports anime are very popular in Japan but very few have made it to these shores but as someone who isn’t a fan of sports I won’t lament this. However even the most hardened cynic of a specific … Continue reading Haikyu!! Season 1 Collection 1

A Kiss From Mary Pickford (Potseluy Meri Pikford)

A Kiss From Mary Pickford (Potseluy Meri Pikford) Russia (1927) Dir. Sergei Komarov When one thinks of Russian cinema, especially from the silent era, the bleak, heavy but seminal dramas of Sergei Eisenstein usually spring to mind and with much validity. Comedy on the other hand would seem like an alien concept amidst this catalogue … Continue reading A Kiss From Mary Pickford (Potseluy Meri Pikford)

The World’s End

The World's End UK (2013) Dir. Edgar Wright The Godfather Trilogy. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. The Infernal Affairs Trilogy. The Cornetto Trilogy. If the last one doesn’t sound immediately familiar that is because it is an unofficial trilogy insofar as there isn’t an overarching or connecting story across all the films. The only … Continue reading The World’s End

Manhole (Maen-hol)

Manhole (Maen-hol) Korea (2014) Dir. Shin Jae-young Most people, unless it is their job, tend to stay away from underground sewers and for good reason. First time writer and director Shin Jae-young plays upon this fear and decides to spook us that little bit more with this grisly thriller. In central Seoul, 16 year-old schoolgirl … Continue reading Manhole (Maen-hol)

Evangelion 3.33 – You Can (Not) Redo

Evangelion 3.33 - You Can (Not) Redo (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 97 minutes approx.   It’s been a bit of a wait for this film for UK fans - four year after its predecessor Evangelion 2.22 hit these shores. There are a myriad of reasons for the delay - licensing … Continue reading Evangelion 3.33 – You Can (Not) Redo