Darkland (Underverden)

Darkland (Underverden) Denmark (2017) Dir. Fenar Ahmad Is it possible to retain one’s cultural and racial identity having assimilated to another country’s culture and made a success of their lives? This is the unexpected subtext of what on the surface is a straight up revenge thriller from Denmark, one of the founding fathers of the … Continue reading Darkland (Underverden)

Justice League

Justice League (Cert 12A) US (2017) Dir. Zack Snyder In early 2016 the DCU, in response to Marvel producing successful super-team films thought it had the crown in their hands when they paired off its two most iconic Superheroes Batman and Superman in one film. Sadly, the film was a misfire and soured the DCU … Continue reading Justice League

Paprika

Paprika (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 91 minutes approx.    The third and final classic film to be rescued from the vaults and given a Blu-ray makeover from Manga Entertainment is the final film released during the lifetime of the late, great Satoshi Kon. The visionary director died aged … Continue reading Paprika

Land Of Mine (Under sandet)

Land Of Mine (Under sandet) Denmark (2015) Dir. Martin Zandvliet Another film about World War II that is “based on true events” - haven’t we emptied that particular well already? As it transpires we haven’t and if Land Of Mine is any indicator, there is still a huge wealth of important but overlooked tales of … Continue reading Land Of Mine (Under sandet)

Someone (Nanimono)

Someone (Nanimono) Japan (2016) Dir. Daisuke Miura For all their idiosyncrasies there is no denying the Japanese are an industrious lot; their indomitable work ethic is legendary. But it has also given rise to an unfortunate and avoidable modern phenomenon “death by overwork”. Quite why anyone would willingly slog their guts out for a spot … Continue reading Someone (Nanimono)

The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja) Korea (2016) Dir. E J-yong The original Korean title for this poignant and rather tragic outing from the enigmatically named E J-yong is The Killer Woman, a deceptive and less poetic title than the one used for its international release, which tells those of us outside of Korea very little … Continue reading The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille)

Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille) France (2016) Dir. Vincent Garenq Divorce is always hard, especially on the children who are forced to divide their time between their separated parents, with whom the other is expected to be able to trust their wellbeing implicitly. If this trust is broken, things are likely to get even … Continue reading Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille)

Naruto Shippuden Collection 30

Naruto Shippuden Collection 30 (Episodes 375-387) (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 306 minutes approx. The big news coming out of the last volume of Naruto Shippuden was the return to the fold of Sasuke after many years fighting against his fellow Hidden Leaf ninjas. It wasn’t quite the majestic emotional reunion … Continue reading Naruto Shippuden Collection 30

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) Sweden (2015) Dir. Hannes Holm If people are grumpy, maybe there is a reason for this, but how many of us are either too intimidated or simply put off by someone’s gruff and belligerent behaviour to find out what that reason is? Based on the novel … Continue reading A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas)

Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas) Spain (2003) Dir. Laura Mañá The ability to tell a convincing story is a rare skill but one that can pay dividends, used correctly of course, unless one starts to believe the yarn they are spinning. This Spanish psychological thriller adds a fresh twist on the serial killer genre in both … Continue reading Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas)