Under The Rainbow (Au bout du conte)

Under The Rainbow (Au bout du conte) France (2013) Dir. Agnès Jaoui Fairy tales are just for kids aren’t they? Ostensibly yes, but their inherent charm and wistful way of creating a warm sense of hope and fulfilment it offers the least of us keeps some adults firmly entrenched in this escapist world. Twenty-four year-old … Continue reading Under The Rainbow (Au bout du conte)

One Way Trip (aka Glory Day) (Geulroridei)

One Way Trip (aka Glory Day) (Geulroridei) Korea (2016) Dir. Choi Jeong-Yeol Sometimes even the most noble of intentions can backfire and lead to a situation no-one could have possibly predicted. For his debut, Choi Jeong-Yeol takes this as his core premise around which he tells the tale of the last night four friends will … Continue reading One Way Trip (aka Glory Day) (Geulroridei)

Re-Kan Collection

Re-Kan Collection (Cert 12) 3 Discs DVD / Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 328 minutes approx. “I see dead people” We all remember that famous line as spoken by a young Haley Joel Osment in M. Night Shamamalayanan’s film The Sixth Sense and it understandably freaked the poor lad out. But if this were to … Continue reading Re-Kan Collection

Magic Town

Magic Town US (1947) Dir. William A. Wellman Opinion polls - does anyone really take them seriously? It’s not as if they are truly accurate as the results are extrapolated from a smaller source in the first place, basically reducing them to a vague estimate at best. But what if one town could theoretically reflect … Continue reading Magic Town

Down By Love (Éperdument)

Down By Love (Éperdument) France (2016) Dir. Pierre Godeau It’s interesting that prison films involving male inmates usually focus on the violence and the struggle to survive in such harsh surroundings; films set in female prisons tend to follow more of an exploitation agenda. By the very nature of its plot, Down By Love is … Continue reading Down By Love (Éperdument)

After Love (L’économie du couple)

After Love (L'économie du couple) France/Belgium (2016) Dir. Joachim Lafosse They say all is fair in love and war but when one turns into the other, fairness is often the last concern of those embroiled in a bitter dispute. Belgian writer-director Joachim Lafosse posits this idea via an indefatigable impasse created by the stubbornness of … Continue reading After Love (L’économie du couple)

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb (Cert 12) 3 Discs DVD / 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 320 minutes approx. This second season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - released here back in 2015 - was originally due for release late in 2016 but the curse of the delay gremlins … Continue reading Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb

Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong)

Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong) Korea (2015) Dir. Kwon Hyung-Jin Fans of Korean genre films generally know what they are letting themselves in for, so, no matter how shocking the content is, we are in fact in familiar territory. Deep Trap is one of those films but in this instance, it is made all the … Continue reading Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong)

Stage Door

Stage Door US (1937) Dir. Gregory La Cava The whims and machinations of the stage impresario are rich fodder for exploitation by writers with a keen eye for a scathing drama. Based very loosely on the stage play of the same name by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, this is a proto-feminist tale of … Continue reading Stage Door

Train To Busan

  Train To Busan (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Ladies and gentlemen, we apologise for the delay but the highest grossing film at the Korean box office of 2016 has finally arrived on MIB’s Instant Headache. Having made his name with uncompromising animated films such as King Of Pigs, … Continue reading Train To Busan