Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)

Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) China (2015) Dir. Jia Zhangke Can chasing the almighty dollar bring true satisfaction? Jia Zhangke, renowned chronicler of the shift towards capitalism in China, once again takes this as one of the themes of his latest work, a multi-decade spanning tale of one family’s experience with wealth. Split … Continue reading Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)

Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet

Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet Korea (2016) Dir. Lee Joon-Ik Having kept quiet about the Japanese occupation of their country for over 70 years Korean filmmakers are no longer staying silent, having mined this dark period of their history as inspiration for a number of recent titles, including The Silenced, Spirits’ Homecoming and The … Continue reading Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet

Green Room

Green Room US (2015) Dir. Jeremy Saulnier Music groups playing in every dive and hovel in their nascent days on the long highway to fame and fortune usually have plenty of tales to tell of their experiences on the road, with many within the milieu of rock and roll Babylon seeming too outlandish to be … Continue reading Green Room

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story US (2016) Dir. Gareth Edwards After The Force Awakens rekindled the love for the Star Wars franchise for most of us a year ago it was announced that a standalone film would appear in the interim period before Episode VIII arrives. This film would be another prequel but … Continue reading Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan)

Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan) China (2015) Dir. Chen Kaige The title of this martial arts fantasy comedy from esteemed director Chen Kaige - known for highbrow fare such as Farewell My Concubine - sounds like the opening line of a joke (“A man walks into a pub…”), but it does … Continue reading Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan)

Sakura Trick

Sakura Trick (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 279 minutes approx. There is a chance for many male otaku, being the shallow pigs that we are, the idea of a yuri - girl-on-girl - anime involving Japanese schoolgirls exploring their sexuality seems like heaven. Yet, Sakura Trick, even with its … Continue reading Sakura Trick

Life+1Day (Abad va yek rooz)

Life+1Day (Abad va yek rooz) Iran (2016) Dir. Saeed Roustayi In the wake of directors like Jafar Panahi being imprisoned for making confrontational films about their country, it seems up and coming Iranian filmmakers are sticking to the neo realist style to portray real life in their country. In his debut Saeed Roustayi points his … Continue reading Life+1Day (Abad va yek rooz)

What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo)

What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo) Japan (2016) Dir. Yôji Yamada Families. Admit it, most of us have one and they are either a blessing or a bane in our lives but we wouldn’t be the same without them. While here in the west we tend to strive towards making our own paths in … Continue reading What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo)

Lights Out

Lights Out (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment) Running Time: 78 minutes approx. It’s nice to have friends but ones that a bit clingy and needy tend to be a nuisance and the sort of friend you don’t want, especially if they continue to pester you after they have passed away. Working … Continue reading Lights Out

Evolution (Évolution)

Evolution (Évolution) France (2015) Dir. Lucile Hadzihalilovic Can arthouse and horror successfully mix? Evolution leans far more towards arthouse than horror yet contains some deeply unsettling scenes that can turn a stomach in a way many splatter fests could only dream of. Set in an undetermined coastal location (shot in Lanzarote), the inhabitants are a … Continue reading Evolution (Évolution)