La La Land

La La Land US (2016) Dir. Damien Chazelle Having birthed a new generation of jazz fans through his impressive debut Whiplash (my top film of 2015) Damien Chazelle continues to espouse his love for jazz, this time within the context of breaking down another “uncool” barrier for modern film fans - the musical. A staple … Continue reading La La Land

WWE – Survivor Series 2016

WWE – Survivor Series 2016 (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 197 minutes approx. The 30th instalment of this classic PPV concept comes with two big stories heading into it. First is the hastily conceived rivalry between RAW and Smackdown in the name of brand supremacy which feels a … Continue reading WWE – Survivor Series 2016

Girls Lost (Pojkarna)

Girls Lost (Pojkarna) Sweden (2015) Dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining In cinema, the body swap concept has served as fertile ground for comedy over the years, getting tawdrier as censorship becomes more flexible but there is a serious side to changing gender which seldom gets explored - until now. Three fourteen year-old schoolgirls Kim (Tuva Jagell), Momo … Continue reading Girls Lost (Pojkarna)

Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao)

Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao) China (2014) Dir. Jiang Wen Serving as a spiritual successor to 2010’s Let The Bullet’s Fly, Jing Wen’s 300 million RMB production was presumably designed to be extraordinarily lavish to distract us from the confusing storyline. Therefore please bear with me if the plot summary is a … Continue reading Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao)

Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy

Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy US (1955) Dir. Charles Lamont After being among the biggest drawing stars at the US box office in the mid-1940’s, the lustre of the career of Abbott and Costello had eroded a decade later. Even after a late boost from pairing them off with the Universal horror monsters, this … Continue reading Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy

One Piece Collection 15

One Piece Collection 15 (Episodes 349-372) (Cert 15) 4 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 566 minutes approx.   The more observant among you may have noticed that the last One Piece release reviewed on this site was volume 13. The reason volume 14 wasn’t featured is because I wasn’t afforded the review discs on this … Continue reading One Piece Collection 15

Sadako vs. Kayako

Sadako vs. Kayako Japan (2016) Dir. Kôji Shiraishi Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the battle of the long, black haired vengeful female spirits of the afterlife! In the red corner, from the musty old cursed video tape first seen in Ringu it’s Sadako Yamamura! And her opponent, in the blue corner, from the back … Continue reading Sadako vs. Kayako

Right Now, Wrong Then (Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da)

Right Now, Wrong Then (Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da) Korea (2015) Dir. Hong Sang-Soo If the gossip columns are to be believed there is a certain amount of “life imitating art” to be found in this recent entry from Korean auteur Hong Sang-Soo, which also poses the indeterminable “chicken and egg” question. Split into two parts, Right Now, Wrong … Continue reading Right Now, Wrong Then (Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da)

Ma Ma

Ma Ma Spain (2015) Dir. Julio Medem When the song Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life appears at the end of Month Python’s Life Of Brian it is drenched with bitter irony due to the singers all being nailed to crucifixes. The ethos behind this title is heavily applied to this lachrymose drama, … Continue reading Ma Ma

The Measure Of A Man (La loi du marché)

The Measure Of A Man (La loi du marché) France (2015) Dir. Stéphane Brizé The idiom “Same difference” is flippant yet apposite. Take bureaucracy - every country has their own administration yet for those on the receiving end it is all the same. The latest film from Stéphane Brizé is an eye opening account of … Continue reading The Measure Of A Man (La loi du marché)