The Love Witch

The Love Witch US (2016) Dir. Anna Biller Those fingers in my hair That sly come-hither stare That strips my conscience bare It's witchcraft Sorry, folks, love doesn’t exist, it is the dark arts that has us falling into the clutches of the women in our lives (or whichever way you swing). Anna Biller uses … Continue reading The Love Witch

We Are X

We Are X (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running Time: 95 minutes approx. “Who’s that?” asks a bewildered woman as a gamine, slightly effete blonde Japanese male enters a New York building surrounded by photographers, cameramen and hoards of screaming fans. “Somebody very famous” comes the reply from a photographer. The woman pulls … Continue reading We Are X

Owarimonogatari Part 2

Owarimonogatari Part 2 (Episode 8-13) (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD / Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 141 minutes approx. "I’m a predator of procrastination" So speaks Ougi Oshino a line which I can’t tell if creator Nisio Isin being ironic or he is simply trolling the audience. Considering every episode in the Monogatari series has … Continue reading Owarimonogatari Part 2

The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong)

  The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong) Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Jee-woon It’s a familiar story - a celebrated Korean director tries his luck in Hollywood, fails, returns to his native land and produces an absolute corker to get himself back on track. Park Chan-Wook did it with The Handmaiden and now it’s Kim Jee-Woon’s turn … Continue reading The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong)

Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta)

Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta) Italy (1945) Dir. Roberto Rossellini For many De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves is considered the starting point for discovering Italian cinema’s Neo Realism movement. But if you want to see the true launching pad for the subgenre, it almost assuredly has to be this powerful dramatisation of the real life … Continue reading Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta)

Safety Last!

Safety Last! US (1923) Dirs. Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor Yes, this is the film which features the iconic scene of Harold Lloyd hanging precariously from the hands of a broken clock fade some four storeys above ground level. But it needs reminding that this was just the climax to a comedy of errors … Continue reading Safety Last!

Naruto Shippuden Collection 28

Naruto Shippuden Collection 28 (Episodes 349-361) (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 306 minutes approx. This latest instalment of Naruto Shippuden sails very close to being reported for false advertising as the titular hero is hardly in it! Aside from two blink-and-you’ve-missed-them cameos, Naruto only appears in the final episode, and even … Continue reading Naruto Shippuden Collection 28

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) Belgium/France (2016) Dirs. Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne Are guilt and accountability mutually exclusive? Is it possible to recognise your part in a tragedy yet refuse to accept your culpability for fear of the repercussions no matter how much it is weighing on your conscience? Award winning brothers Luc & … Continue reading The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)

Amagami SS Collection

Amagami SS Collection (Cert 15) 6 Discs DVD / 3 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 490 minutes approx.  Henry VIII famously had six wives but not in the same recurring time frame nor the ability to hit the reset button and begin again with a new wife like the past never happened. Perhaps, if … Continue reading Amagami SS Collection

Target (Mishen)

Target (Mishen) Russia (2011) Dir. Aleksandr Zeldovich What is happiness? Can it be bought? Is what makes us happy ever truly right for us? Does absolute purity really exist? What does good or evil really mean? And will we be happy if we can live forever? A dystopian Russia is the last place to find … Continue reading Target (Mishen)