The Overcoat (Shinel)

The Overcoat (Shinel) Russia (1926) Dir. Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg Despite the huge acclaim Russian silent cinema has achieved here in the west, it was a different story on its native soil back in the day, when even such revered classics as Battleship Potemkin weren’t hits with neither the public nor critics. Western frivolity … Continue reading The Overcoat (Shinel)

Beautiful Accident (Mei hao de yi wai)

Beautiful Accident (Mei hao de yi wai) China (2017) Dir. Ho Wi Ding When our time comes to shuffle off this mortal coil I’m sure those of us taken too early would wish we could go back and finish what we started, maybe even change some of the mistakes we made. Imagine, however, if you … Continue reading Beautiful Accident (Mei hao de yi wai)

Our Evil (Mal Nosso)

Our Evil (Mal Nosso) Brazil (2017) Dir. Samuel Galli Desperate times call for desperate measures, but in the case of the circumstances in this film, this particular aphorism is something of an understatement. A grisly, low-budget debut film from Brazil featuring first time actors, Our Evil is good old-fashioned tale of good vs. evil with … Continue reading Our Evil (Mal Nosso)

Blame!

Blame! (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 106 minutes approx. Netflix is making sure no stone is left unturned in its continuing mission for global domination by reaching out to anime fans, picking up TV shows for weekly broadcast and commissioning original films. Luckily, for those of yet to have succumbed … Continue reading Blame!

I Am Not A Witch

I Am Not A Witch UK/France/Germany (2017) Dir. Rungano Nyoni Admit it ladies, you’ve all had to make this declaration to repudiate the accusation from the men in your life during a heated argument, but at least it would be forgotten after you’ve lamped him with a frying pan. Spare a thought then for the … Continue reading I Am Not A Witch

Black Venus

Black Venus (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 165 minutes approx. I’m wondering if Abdellatif Kechiche is capable of making a film of reasonable length. Looking at his resume, only one runs under two hours and that is only by a few minutes. In between 2007’s 150-minute Couscous and 2013’s 3-hour … Continue reading Black Venus

Harvey

Harvey US (1950) Dir. Henry Koster Time for ol’ MIB to strike another classic film of his never-ending “To Watch” list, in the form of this quirky comedy from 1950, originally a Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play written by Mary Chase, who also adapted her work into the screenplay for this cinematic outing. Elwood P. … Continue reading Harvey

Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine)

Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine) France (2012) Dir. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner Bonnie & Clyde, Fred & Ginger, Romeo & Juliet - there are many famous and infamous male/female duos in history (real and cinematic) but none are as distinctly cuddlier and far more innocent in their escapades than the ursine/rodent … Continue reading Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine)

Naruto Shippuden Collection 32

Naruto Shippuden Collection 32 (Episodes 402-415) (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 329 minutes approx. With summer virtually in existence, one might look upon this latest volume of Naruto Shippuden as that cool, refreshing drink to keep the heat at bay. In many ways, it could be likened to a glass of … Continue reading Naruto Shippuden Collection 32

Goodbye Berlin (Tschick)

Goodbye Berlin (Tschick) Germany (2016) Dir. Fatih Akin It probably started with Ferris Bueller and his infamous day off - teenagers escaping their school lives to have the adventure of a life time. The difference is Ferris was too cool for school while those who followed in his wake were the outliers of their class, … Continue reading Goodbye Berlin (Tschick)