Department Q – The Absent One (Fasandræberne)

Department Q - The Absent One (Fasandræberne) Denmark (2014) Dir. Mikkel Nørgaard This gruesome, sinuous slice of Nordic Noir is the second film in the Department Q series based on the novels of Jussi Adler-Olsen, following 2013’s Keeper Of Lost Causes. As is usually the case, the cast list gives fans a chance to play … Continue reading Department Q – The Absent One (Fasandræberne)

Blind Mountain (Mang shan)

Blind Mountain (Mang shan) China (2007) Dir. Li Yang “How can anything survive / When these little minds tear you in two..” So sung Gene Pitney in his 1961 hit Town Without Pity and while the central location of this stark and incendiary Chinese film is a mountain village and not a town, the above lament … Continue reading Blind Mountain (Mang shan)

Pusher III – I’m The Angel Of Death

Pusher III - I’m The Angel Of Death Denmark (2004) Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn And so we come to the final instalment of the Pusher trilogy, creation of Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn who has since become a polarising figure in Hollywood through his stylish but oblique output. We’re still in Copenhagen but this time … Continue reading Pusher III – I’m The Angel Of Death

MIB’s Instant Headache Fifth Anniversary!!

  Against all expectations, this humble blog of mine is five years old. In actual fact the fifth anniversary of its creation was back in March but today marks the date it was officially launched and the first post added to it, which is why I am taking that as the date of birth for … Continue reading MIB’s Instant Headache Fifth Anniversary!!

Pusher II – With Blood On My Hands

Pusher II - With Blood On My Hands Denmark (2004) Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn returns to the streets of Copenhagen for the second instalment in his Pusher trilogy after his first English language big budget film Fear X in 2002 bombed big time. Despite the eight-year gap between films the … Continue reading Pusher II – With Blood On My Hands

WWE – Finn Bálor – Iconic Matches

WWE – Finn Bálor - Iconic Matches (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 73 minutes approx. There have been some very bold titles for WWE Home Video releases but this one has to be a top contender to take the biscuit. No disrespect to the subject of this *ahem* “collection” but … Continue reading WWE – Finn Bálor – Iconic Matches

Elite Squad 2 – The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora é Outro)

Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora é Outro) Brazil (2010) Dir. José Padilha Having broken box office records in its native Brazil and upset the establishment in the process, the success of Elite Squad beget the obvious sequel, which, as many sequels do, has a lot … Continue reading Elite Squad 2 – The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora é Outro)

Control (Kong cheng ji)

Control (Kong cheng ji) Hong Kong (2013) Dir. Kenneth Bi Are people really so easily manipulated that they can be controlled like puppets? Threats are usually a good way of ensuring cooperation but quite often the victim can only take their tormentor’s word for it if contact is only via the phone. Kenneth Bi leaves … Continue reading Control (Kong cheng ji)

Destruction Babies

Destruction Babies (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. “The most extreme 108 minutes in Japanese cinema history!” proclaims the legend on the cover of Third Window’s latest release. One can almost see Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono and possibly Yoshihiro Nishimura smirking to themselves, saying “Challenge accepted!” … Continue reading Destruction Babies

Little Busters Season 1 Collection

Little Busters Season 1 Collection (Cert 12) 6 Discs DVD / 4 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 662 minutes approx. Anime that are based on a visual novel vary in success. The very nature of the multiple route format of the source material results in confused writing when trying to derive a definitive plot … Continue reading Little Busters Season 1 Collection