Corridor (Isolerad)

Corridor (Isolerad) Sweden (2010) Dirs. Johan Lundborg & Johan Storm Pressure is a terribly divisive thing. Some thrive on it while others crumble under it and the effect it can have on our nerves and mindset is frightening when it gets all too much becomes palpable. But if there is some fire connected to the … Continue reading Corridor (Isolerad)

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: All The Anime) Running time: 130 minutes approx. Kyoto Animation - KyoAni for short - are largely known for their endearing TV anime shows, occasionally venturing across to the big screen with spin-offs from their TV output. A Silent Voice marks KyoAni’s first theatrical outing unrelated … Continue reading A Silent Voice

High Heels (Tacones lejanos)

High Heels (Tacones lejanos) Spain (1991) Dir. Pedro Almodóvar Mostly in films about fractured relationships, it is a woman getting in between two men - but this is an Almodóvar film so naturally this situation is inverted, AND the two women in question just happen to be mother and daughter, which is just the tip … Continue reading High Heels (Tacones lejanos)

Dragonball Z Movie Collection One: Dead Zone/The World’s Strongest

Dragonball Z Movie Collection One: Dead Zone/The World's Strongest (Cert PG) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 40 minutes approx. / 57 minutes approx. It’s fair to say that the Dragonball universe is quite an expansive one, perhaps not as far reaching as say Pokemon but Akira Toriyama’s creation has its fair … Continue reading Dragonball Z Movie Collection One: Dead Zone/The World’s Strongest

The Villainess

The Villainess (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 124 minutes approx. It seems that someone in South Korea’s film industry finally read the e-mail about women now being pushed to the forefront of action cinema in notoriously misogynistic Hollywood. After the success of Wonder Woman, Atomic Blonde and Lucy, director Jung Byoung-Gil … Continue reading The Villainess

House (Hausu)

House (Hausu) Japan (1977) Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi No relation to the 1980’s Hollywood horror film series and definitely not connected to the medical TV show starring Hugh Laurie, this cult classic from Japan was supposed to be their answer to Jaws but ended up much closer to a head spinning blend of Rocky Horror Picture … Continue reading House (Hausu)

Your Name

Your Name  (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray/3 Discs Deluxe Edition (Distributor: All The Anime) Running time: 107 minutes approx. Something quite remarkable has happened to anime films over the past year, that being them starting appear more regularly in mainstream cinemas across the UK (not my local sadly). The reason for this? The astounding global … Continue reading Your Name

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok (Cert 12A) US (2017) Dir. Taika Waititi I must confess that I wasn’t overly impressed with the first two Thor films and very little about the trailers made me excited for this third entry into the franchise’s cinematic canon. I can’t quite put my finger on why this was but given the recent … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok

Asura: The City Of Madness

Asura: The City Of Madness Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Sung-su Oh, the things we do for love. And money. Or both. Both are very persuasive reasons for us to go that extra mile to secure the best possible life and future for our loved ones, but when our morals and conscience are also easily bought, … Continue reading Asura: The City Of Madness

White Ant (Bai yi)

White Ant (Bai yi) Taiwan (2016) Dir. Chu Hsien-che We all have our little peccadilloes and foibles, the more extreme examples usually called fetishes and perversions. The default reaction to them tends to be “they need help!”, yet persecution is another knee jerk response when understanding is what someone truly needs. Bai Yide (Chris Wu), … Continue reading White Ant (Bai yi)