Mourning Forest

Mourning Forest (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 97 minutes approx. Despite the supernatural sounding title of Japanese arthouse director Naomi Kawase’s fourth feature film, Mourning Forest doesn’t feature a spirit infested woodland area mysteriously killing people, instead it is a (very) quiet meditation on grief and redemption. … Continue reading Mourning Forest

Souvenir

Souvenir (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 87 minutes approx. When an actor has played practically every aberrant, enigmatic and emotionally tortured role possible what is there left to do? If you are irrepressible modern French legend Isabelle Huppert the answer is simple - you play a washed up pop singer! Not since … Continue reading Souvenir

A Certain Scientific Railgun S – Complete Season 2

A Certain Scientific Railgun S - Complete Season 2 (Cert 15) 4 Discs DVD/3 Discs Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 569 minutes approx. Simultaneously joining the release of A Certain Magical Index II is the sequel to its “side story” A Certain Scientific Railgun. While both series suffered from the same issues, Railgun … Continue reading A Certain Scientific Railgun S – Complete Season 2

The Working Girl

The Working Girl (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. In its native France, this debut from Sylvie Verheyde is entitled Amoureux Solitaires (Lonely Lovers) while for international release it has been renamed Sex Doll. Presumably, this would be far too raunchy for uptight Britain, so we get the … Continue reading The Working Girl

The Truth Beneath (Bi-mil-eun eobs-da)

  The Truth Beneath (Bi-mil-eun eobs-da) Korea (2016) Dir. Lee Kyoung-Mi The popular aphorism “we hurt the ones that love us the most” is the fundamental message behind the long awaited second film from Park Chan-Wook progeny Lee Kyoung-Mi, arriving a mere eight years after her debut Crush & Blush. Elections for a seat in … Continue reading The Truth Beneath (Bi-mil-eun eobs-da)

A Certain Magical Index II Complete Collection

A Certain Magical Index II Complete Collection (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD/4 Discs Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 572 minutes approx. When season one of A Certain Magical Index was released in the UK a little under two years ago, yours truly wasn’t overly impressed with it. Now the second season is upon us, … Continue reading A Certain Magical Index II Complete Collection

Get Out

Get Out US (2017) Dir. Jordan Peele America is a funny place. It calls itself the “Land of the Free” yet racial discrimination is still a huge problem over there. Perhaps ironically, or maybe just a sign of the times, it befalls to a black director to satirise this through the medium of film rather … Continue reading Get Out

Take Me For A Ride (UIO: Sácame a Pasear)

Take Me For A Ride (UIO: Sácame a Pasear) Ecuador (2016) Dir. Micaela Rueda Another country can be marked off the list of MIB’s World Tour Of Cinema with Ecuador making its first appearance via this LGBT entry from debutant writer-director Micaela Rueda. It might not break any new ground but it reaffirms that gay … Continue reading Take Me For A Ride (UIO: Sácame a Pasear)

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle Collection

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle Collection (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD / 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 296 minutes approx. The harem comedy is the gift that just keeps on giving - except it is more akin to the unwanted gift from a distant relative who doesn’t know what to get you, and settles for … Continue reading Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle Collection

Spotlight On A Murderer (Pleins feux sur l’assassin)

Spotlight On A Murderer (Pleins feux sur l'assassin) France (1961) Dir. Georges Franju Families. You can’t choose them so they say but most of us would be lost without them. But what is it about money that can drive a huge wedge between the tightest of clans, especially if that money comes in the form … Continue reading Spotlight On A Murderer (Pleins feux sur l’assassin)