The Hour Of The Lynx (I lossens time)

The Hour Of The Lynx (I lossens time) Denmark/Sweden (2013) Dir. Søren Kragh-Jacobsen By now, the phrase “Nordic Noir” will be something of a generic byword for the endless supply of superbly crafted dark, violent crime thrillers set in the gloomiest parts of Scandinavia. The Hour Of the Lynx, based on the stage play by … Continue reading The Hour Of The Lynx (I lossens time)

Au revoir l’été (Hotori no sakuko)

Au revoir l'été (Hotori no sakuko) Japan (2014) Dir. Kôji Fukada A Japanese film with a French title conjures up a number of possibilities of what it could entail, yet conversely the content of a French film with a Japanese title would be blindingly obvious. In this instance we are given two clues as Au … Continue reading Au revoir l’été (Hotori no sakuko)

WWE – The History Of The Hardcore Championship 24:7

WWE – The History Of The Hardcore Championship 24:7 (Cert 18) 2 Disc Blu-ray / 3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 426 minutes approx. “Hardcore” wrestling was around long before to ECW adopted it to differentiate their product from the family friendly fare of the WWF and WCW in the 1990’s. When the … Continue reading WWE – The History Of The Hardcore Championship 24:7

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book US (1967) Dir. Wolfgang Reitherman Yes, I know there is a new CGI version of this classic Rudyard Kipling tale out but the reason for reviewing this eximious Disney version now is twofold - first, the 2016 version will be held up against this film making it necessary to watch for the … Continue reading The Jungle Book

The Girl King

The Girl King Finland (2015) Dir. Mika Kaurismäki Yes, I know the proper term for a female king is a “queen” but the reason for this title becomes apparent rather quickly, or even earlier if one is already aware of the history of the infamous and rather groundbreaking Queen Christina of Sweden. And if she … Continue reading The Girl King

Punch Line Complete Collection

Punch Line Complete Collection (Cert 15) 2 Disc Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 293 minutes approx. We all have our weaknesses but they are for us alone to live with, so spare a thought for Yuta Iridatsu, a young lad whose personal problem is likely to have dire, nay cataclysmic consequences for … Continue reading Punch Line Complete Collection

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) France (2015) Dir. Jaco Van Dormael Religion is a touchy subject to create art from, even more so if you choose to lampoon it - just ask the Monty Python team! Clearly not fazed by the prospect of being smote by a bolt of lightning, Belgian writer-director … Continue reading The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series (Cert U) 2 Disc Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 310 minutes approx. Spare a thought for anime reviewers like yours truly for when a show comes along that is so generic and clichéd, the reader will divine every aspect of it from the central plot premise without having to … Continue reading HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series

Island Of Lost Souls

Island Of Lost Souls US (1932) Dir. Erle C. Kenton When Universal scored unexpected success in 1931 with their horror double whammy of Dracula and Frankenstein other film studios rushed to capitalise on this and get a piece of the action for themselves. Paramount were quick off the mark with Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde … Continue reading Island Of Lost Souls

Black Souls (Anime nere)

Black Souls (Anime nere) Italy (2014) Dir. Francesco Munzi When one thinks of films concerning the Mafia obviously The Godfather will immediately spring to mind, along with Goodfellas and the modern Italian update in Gommarah. With the template pretty much established by these films, Black Souls will likely prove to be either a pleasant surprise … Continue reading Black Souls (Anime nere)