Antiporno (Cert 18) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray combo (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 76 minutes approx. In 2016 it was decided that the Roman Porno movement of the 1970’s and 80’s from famed studio Nikkatsu should be rebooted by directors of the modern generation. Five directors were chosen but only one dared to subvert the … Continue reading Antiporno

The Teacher (Ucitelka)

The Teacher (Ucitelka) Slovakia (2016) Dir. Jan Hrebejk Communism - great in theory, unattainable in practice. Like most ideals with such humanitarian intentions, they are ruined by how open they are to abuse from those at the top. The prolific Czech duo of director Jan Hrebejk and writer Petr Jarchovsky explore this very flaw in … Continue reading The Teacher (Ucitelka)

The Death Of Stalin

The Death Of Stalin UK (2017) Dir. Armando Iannucci Satire is a hard thing to get right and make accessible for people who may not realise they are watching a cynical lampooning of a serious subject. Armando Iannucci has been doing it long enough now, with a slew of classic titles to his credit - … Continue reading The Death Of Stalin

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War (Cert 12A) US (2018) Dir. Anthony Russo & Joe Russo You knew it was coming. After years of crossing over into each other’s solo films and the two collective outings as The Avengers, we finally reached the point where most of the major franchises of the Marvel universe come together for one … Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer US (2017) Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos When you’re a filmmaker with a reputation for being obtusely idiosyncratic in your works and you achieve that breakthrough hit affording you wider recognition, do you temper your esoteric leanings to capitalise on this or go even weirder? If you’re Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos, … Continue reading The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Irma Vep

Irma Vep (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. Among the pantheon of instances of life imitating art and art imitating life, this 1996 film from French director Olivier Assayas is possibly the most meta of them all, for the central plot is rumoured to have been the very … Continue reading Irma Vep

Hot For Teacher aka Who Slept With Her? (Nuga geunyeo-wa jasseulkka?)

Hot For Teacher aka Who Slept With Her? (Nuga geunyeo-wa jasseulkka?) Korea (2006) Dir. Kim Yoo-Sung Appropriating the title of a classic Van Halen hit for its international release was probably a smart move in making this Korean school based comedy sound a lot less prurient, not to mention cumbersome in its transparency. Neither title … Continue reading Hot For Teacher aka Who Slept With Her? (Nuga geunyeo-wa jasseulkka?)

Sami Blood (Sameblod)

Sami Blood (Sameblod) Sweden (2016) Dir. Amanda Kernell It’s tough to fit in, even tougher when your race or heritage incurs discrimination and the pariah treatment or establishments designed specifically to help write you off for the same reasons. This revelatory debut film from Sami-Swedish director Amanda Kernell eloquently states the case on behalf of … Continue reading Sami Blood (Sameblod)

Happy End

Happy End France/Austria (2017) Dir. Michael Haneke In what must be a cruel joke if not a straightforward case of human error, this latest offering from serial provocateur Michael Haneke has been categorised as a “comedy” by the rental service who sent it to me. From the onset there is no indication that this is … Continue reading Happy End

WWE – Twist Of Fate: The Best Of The Hardy Boyz

WWE – Twist Of Fate: The Best Of The Hardy Boyz (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 492 minutes approx. Whilst it might not seem it, the career of the rare the genuine sibling tag teams in wrestling, the daredevil brothers from Cameron, North Carolina Matt and Jeff Hardy spans over … Continue reading WWE – Twist Of Fate: The Best Of The Hardy Boyz