The Mermaid (Mei ren yu)

The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) China (2016) Dir. Stephen Chow They certainly like their CGI heavy cinema in China. In 2015, the highest grossing film of all time at the Chinese box office was the fantasy adventure Monster Hunt - that is until Stephen Chow returned to the fold with this socially conscious fairy tale, … Continue reading The Mermaid (Mei ren yu)

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. It’s probably already been suggested that if Jane Austen knew what Seth Grahame-Smith had done to her celebrated novel Pride And Prejudice, she would have turned in her grave. But in keeping with the theme of this … Continue reading Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

WWE – Payback 2016

WWE – Payback 2016 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 175 minutes approx. This year WWE has decided to switch things around by moving Payback from its usual spot in the PPV calendar in late May to the post -Wrestlemania PPV spot formerly occupied over the past few years by … Continue reading WWE – Payback 2016

Attack On Titan: The Movie Part 1

Attack On Titan: The Movie Part 1 (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. With the enormous global success of the Attack On Titan anime, a live action film adaptation was inevitable; sadly so is the prospect of not meeting the high expectations of fans of the franchise, and rightly … Continue reading Attack On Titan: The Movie Part 1


Suffragette UK (2015) Dir. Sarah Gavron I am dreading the reception of this review especially from female readers, as I am sure any negative or contrary opinion I may voice will incur the reaction “You’re a man, of course you’d think that way”! Suffragette presents a snapshot of early 20th century Britain when women fought … Continue reading Suffragette

Haibane Renmei Complete Series

Haibane Renmei Complete Series (Cert 12) 4 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 311 minutes approx. Once again MVM have raided their archives to revive a curious title originally released in the UK in 2005, which may have slipped under the radar for many, repackaged as a single collection box set, hoping to find a new … Continue reading Haibane Renmei Complete Series

Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 127 minutes approx. Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda seems to have found tremendous capital of late in relating stories dealing with divided families, from the whimsical I Wish to the touching Like Father, Like Son. Continuing this run of sublime and affecting outings is … Continue reading Our Little Sister

In A Lonely Place

In A Lonely Place US (1950) Dir. Nicholas Ray In 1950 Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard and Joseph Mankiewicz's All About Eve were released, both casting a satirical eye over the fickle nature of Hollywood celebrity. A third film sharing a similar theme was also released that year but unfortunately stayed in the shadows of the … Continue reading In A Lonely Place

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Mânî)

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Mânî) Japan (2014) Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi They say all good things come to an end and if the reports are true, this film could possibly mark the end for celebrated Japanese animation giants Studio Ghibli. The official word was they are on “hiatus” in the wake of the retirement … Continue reading When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Mânî)

Vivre Sa Vie (My Life To Live)

Vivre Sa Vie (My Life To Live) France (1962) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard After finally popping my Godard cherry with his audacious debut Breathless, I dip my toe once again into the catalogue of this celebrated French New Wave auteur. Will this be another film that will surpass my expectations or will the old tussle between … Continue reading Vivre Sa Vie (My Life To Live)