Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna)

Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna) Japan (1973) Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto Aesthetically there is little to suggest that this baffling slice of psychedelic erotica can be classified as anime. But it is part of a trilogy involving the godfather of anime and manga Osamu Tezuka, so who are we to argue? Based loosely on the … Continue reading Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna)

The Milk Of Sorrow (La teta asustada)

The Milk Of Sorrow (La teta asustada) Peru/Spain (2009) Dir. Claudia Llosa Superstitions and old wives tales might amuse those who don’t believe in them but if they are instilled into someone for long enough they is always a change they can have a serious psychological effect on their mindset. In a small impoverished mountain … Continue reading The Milk Of Sorrow (La teta asustada)

Rage (Ikari)

Rage (Ikari) Japan (2016) Dir. Lee Sang-il Trust. It is not any easily relinquished commodity when meeting people in person for the first time yet we think nothing of embracing strangers online, maybe because we can’t them from behind the computer screen. But what if the real life person has an ominous cloud of doubt … Continue reading Rage (Ikari)

J’accuse!

J'accuse! France (1938) Dir. Abel Gance Having briefly served his country in World War I French director Abel Gance’s first-hand experience led to him to make the anti-war epic J'accuse! in 1919. Almost 20 years later the rumblings across Europe saw Gance compelled to remake J'accuse! with significant plot changes but the same vital message. … Continue reading J’accuse!

The Midwife

The Midwife (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 112 minutes approx. Life. It’s a funny old game. Whilst it is up to us how we live it, we need help coming into it and help when we are ready to leave it - the problem is that during the latter, we … Continue reading The Midwife

God Eater Part 2

God Eater Part 2 (Episode 8-13) (Cert 15) 1 Discs DVD / 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 136 minutes approx. The war between humans and the Aragami continues in the second instalment of this adaptation of the popular video game. Resuming the story from where we left it, God Eaters Lenka Utsugi and … Continue reading God Eater Part 2

How To Break Up With My Cat (Eo-tteoh-ge he-eo-jil-kka)

How To Break Up With My Cat (Eo-tteoh-ge he-eo-jil-kka) Korea (2016) Dir. David Cho People who aren’t pet owners will never know how important that furry/feathered/scaly companion can be to a family unit or in a singleton’s life. Because we can’t communicate directly with our pets we don’t always know what they want beyond, food, … Continue reading How To Break Up With My Cat (Eo-tteoh-ge he-eo-jil-kka)

WWE – Great Balls Of Fire/Battleground 2017

WWE – Great Balls Of Fire/Battleground 2017 (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 177 minutes/ 186 minutes approx. Another month, another two-for-the-price-of-one release from WWE Home Video featuring two PPV extravaganzas that took place back in July. Once again, it is necessary to warn anyone in advance coming to these shows … Continue reading WWE – Great Balls Of Fire/Battleground 2017

12

12 Russia (2007) Dir. Nikita Mikhalkov "The law is all powerful and constant, but what can be done when mercy has a greater force than law?" This potent quote from the pseudonymous B. Tosia closes this contemporary Russian remake/adaptation of the classic 12 Angry Men, relocating the sweaty 1950’s US jury room to a wintry … Continue reading 12

A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle Of Endymion

A Certain Magical Index: The Movie - The Miracle Of Endymion (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 90 minutes approx. It would seem that the Index franchise is popular enough in Japan to warrant the cinema spin-off treatment usually reserved for the bigger anime series. But the universe created by … Continue reading A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle Of Endymion