Human Capital (Il capitale umano)

Human Capital (Il capitale umano) Italy (2013) Dir. Paolo Virzì Money. Does it make the world go round or is it the root of all evil? Either way an undisputable fact is that money does give you power, the abuse of which gives birth to greed. In Stephen Amidon’s 2004 novel Human Capital this is … Continue reading Human Capital (Il capitale umano)

Love, Election And Chocolate Collection

Love, Election And Chocolate Collection (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 335 minutes approx. Sometimes anime can be its own worst enemy - we might see a show with a great first episode which is followed by a sharp descent into a mire of mediocrity and cliché at the expense of a … Continue reading Love, Election And Chocolate Collection

Inside Out

Inside Out US (2015) Dir. Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen While Disney is busy churning out twee sing-a-long fantasies about princesses and other facile female characters, their adopted stepchild Pixar continues to take a more cerebral and down to earth approach with their animated features, offering escapism with more challenging edge to it. Their … Continue reading Inside Out

The Martian

The Martian (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) Running Time: 136 minutes approx. Legendary director Sir Ridley Scott made his name with seminal sci-fi works Alien and Blade Runner, films which were made during an era where special effects were still trying to catch up with the filmmakers’ imaginations. Fast forward … Continue reading The Martian

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia)

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia) Hong Kong (1966) Dir. King Hu In the world of martial arts cinema the second feature from the legendary King Hu is considered a watershed film in revolutionising the wu xia genre. Hu may have eclipsed himself with later works Dragon Inn and A Touch Of Zen, but … Continue reading Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia)

Mirai Nikki: Future Diary – Complete Collection 1

Mirai Nikki: Future Diary - Complete Collection 1 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Kaze UK) Running time: 314 minutes approx. We’d all like to be able to predict the future, be it to choose the winning lottery numbers, ensure the weather is perfect for a special day or to know the results … Continue reading Mirai Nikki: Future Diary – Complete Collection 1

Jauja

Jauja Denmark/Argentina (2014) Dir. Lisandro Alonso Argentinean director Lisandro Alonso is not a director I am familiar with but the plot summary for this film (courtesy of LOVEFilm) gave the impression that an exciting historical drama was awaiting me. Instead I got a dense, slow moving, sparse and somewhat indulgent arthouse head-trip with a flimsy … Continue reading Jauja

Initiation Love (Inishiêshon rabu)

Initiation Love (Inishiêshon rabu) Japan (2015) Dir. Yukihiko Tsutsumi The plot for this film, loosely adaptation from the novel of the same name by Kurumi Inui, may read like a bog standard romantic drama but when the first thing we see on the screen is a message asking us not to reveal a forthcoming “big … Continue reading Initiation Love (Inishiêshon rabu)

WWE – TLC 2015

WWE – TLC 2015 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 163 minutes approx. It finally happened - at the Survivor Series PPV Roman Reigns was crowned WWE Champion after defeating his “brother” Dean Ambrose in the final of the hastily arranged tournament held in the wake of former champion … Continue reading WWE – TLC 2015

Nina Forever

Nina Forever (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. You know the saying “Two’s company, three’s a crowd” - it’s as old as the hills and is a staple set up for many a work of fiction since time immemorial, which makes putting a fresh spin on such a well worn … Continue reading Nina Forever