Strangled (A martfüi rém)

Strangled (A martfüi rém) Hungary (2016) Dir. Árpád Sopsits “There are no serial killers in this country” The above quote wasn’t a prideful boast regarding the efficiency of the Hungarian police but an official edict from the top brass to cover up the fact that there IS a serial killer and they can’t catch him. … Continue reading Strangled (A martfüi rém)

The Whispering Star

The Whispering Star (Cert U) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray combo (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 102 minutes approx. When one thinks of Sion Sono, his subversive four-hour epic Love Exposure, the violent glee of Why Don’t You Play In Hell? or the equally claret soaked exploitation satire of Tag immediately comes to mind. Yet, like … Continue reading The Whispering Star

Re:Born

Re:Born Japan (2016) Dir. Yuji Shimomura The title of this Japanese action thriller has a double meaning as it marks the return to the spotlight of cult martial arts star Tak Sakaguchi (listed as simply “TAK” here), after a three year sojourn from acting. Reuniting with former stunt director Yuji Shimomura for the first time … Continue reading Re:Born

Fate/Grand Order: First Order

Fate/Grand Order: First Order (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD / Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 69 minutes approx. The Fate/Stay Night franchise has been popular for almost 15 years, from its humble origins as a visual novel series to a globally successful anime juggernaut. With the latter arguably the most effective gateway into this sprawling … Continue reading Fate/Grand Order: First Order

Kissing You (aka Kiss Me!) (Embrasse-moi)

Kissing You (aka Kiss Me!) (Embrasse-moi) France (2017) Dir. Océane Michel Regular readers of this site (both of you) will know I have zero knowledge of this thing called “love” so I rely on films for my understanding of the business of relationships. One recurring theme is the concept of “the one” - that special … Continue reading Kissing You (aka Kiss Me!) (Embrasse-moi)

Dragonball Z TV Specials – The History Of Trunks/Bardock – The Father Of Goku

Dragonball Z TV Specials - The History Of Trunks/Bardock - The Father Of Goku (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 48 minutes approx. / 48 minutes approx. The double feature releases of Dragonball Z movies may have ended but there are still further gems from the DBZ archive to be … Continue reading Dragonball Z TV Specials – The History Of Trunks/Bardock – The Father Of Goku

Robbery (Lou Lap)

Robbery (Lou Lap) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Fire Lee I might have said this before but it bears repeating - Hong Kong comedies are strange beasts which don’t always translate well outside of Asia (unless you are Jackie Chan or Stephen Chow). One film unlikely to buck this trend is surreal black comedy Robbery. Lau … Continue reading Robbery (Lou Lap)

Paddington 2

Paddington 2  UK (2017) Dir. Paul King When Michael Bond’s perennial children’s book creation and one time animated TV show received a 21st century big screen upgrade in 2014 there were many doubters, including yours truly, but the film was actually very good and tremendous fun. A sequel was inevitable in the wake of its … Continue reading Paddington 2

The Lesson (Urok)

The Lesson (Urok) Bulgaria (2014) Dirs. Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov No-one likes being in debt. It may start with a couple of quid here and there but as life continues to deal you some dodgy hands, it can soon spiral out of control until you are trapped in a pit of despair, your creditors … Continue reading The Lesson (Urok)

Behemoth The Sea Monster

Behemoth The Sea Monster UK/US (1959) Dirs. Douglas Hickox & Eugène Lourié As we know us Brits decided to jump on the monster movie bandwagon with Gorgo in 1961, essentially Godzilla with a hint of King Kong and classic Ray Harryhausen movies thrown in for good measure. However, we actually had a crack at it … Continue reading Behemoth The Sea Monster