Hwayi: A Monster Boy (Hwa-i: Goi-mool-eul sam-kin a-i)

Hwayi: A Monster Boy (Hwa-i: Goi-mool-eul sam-kin a-i) Korea (2013) Dir. Jang Joon-hwan When children play up, our instinctive reaction is to blame the parents for not bringing them up properly. Some might argue this is a rather assumptive and generalist attitude to take but in the case of the young protagonist of this grisly … Continue reading Hwayi: A Monster Boy (Hwa-i: Goi-mool-eul sam-kin a-i)

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Christine

Christine US (2016) Dir. Antonio Campos "In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in 'blood and guts', and in living colour, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide." Those were the last words spoken by WXLT-TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck before she placed a gun to her head and shot … Continue reading Christine

Dragonball Z Movie Collection Six: Fusion Reborn/Wrath Of The Dragon

Dragonball Z Movie Collection Six: Fusion Reborn/Wrath Of The Dragon (Cert PG) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 51 minutes approx. / 52 minutes approx. And so we reach the end of the DBZ movie double pack releases of the 13 original “feature length” outings from the 1990’s before an 18-year break … Continue reading Dragonball Z Movie Collection Six: Fusion Reborn/Wrath Of The Dragon

Back To 1942 (Yi jiu si er)

Back To 1942 (Yi jiu si er) China (2012) Dir. Feng Xiaogang The Japanese Occupation of China of the 1930’s and 40’s - also referred to as the Second Sino-Japanese War - has already provided Chinese filmmakers with plenty of material for a number of films recounting this period from their history. Much like how … Continue reading Back To 1942 (Yi jiu si er)

Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi)

Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi) Japan (2017) Dir. Fumihiko Sori It’s taken a while but after many false starts, not to mention a patient wait for the special effects technology to get up to speed, another hugely popular manga and anime property makes the leap to live action. Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga ran from … Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi)

The Brigade (Les hommes du feu)

The Brigade (Les hommes du feu) France (2017) Dir. Pierre Jolivet The brigade in question is the fire service, a multi-tasking group called upon to do more than spray water on raging flames, including, but not limited to the cliché of rescuing cats stuck up trees. Not but everyone respects these brave public servants however, … Continue reading The Brigade (Les hommes du feu)

In Between (Bar Bahar)

In Between (Bar Bahar) Israel (2016) Dir. Maysaloun Hamoud “If you have a dollar, you are worth a dollar; if you have nothing, you are worth nothing” This is just one of the sad but incisive aphorisms you’ll find in this debut feature film from Israeli director Maysaloun Hamoud shared between the three seemingly disparate … Continue reading In Between (Bar Bahar)