Truth Or Dare

Truth Or Dare US (2013) Dir. Jessica Cameron They say the truth hurts but I don’t think it is supposed to hurt as much as it does in this indie gore flick. And if this claret soaked yarn is also meant to serve as a parable to warn people against the inherent vanity from achieving … Continue reading Truth Or Dare

Even Lovers Get The Blues

Even Lovers Get The Blues Belgium (2016) Dir. Laurent Micheli Queen guitarist Brian May famously wrote the song Too Much Love Will Kill You but if he had seen this film first, perhaps he might have changed it to Too Much Sex Will Kill You as that seems to be the central message of this … Continue reading Even Lovers Get The Blues

WWE – Hell In A Cell 2018

WWE – Hell In A Cell 2018 (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 213 minutes approx. It’s time to break out the oversized cage with a roof otherwise known as Hell In A Cell - inspired by the cage used in the legendary Last Battle In Atlanta match from 1983 - … Continue reading WWE – Hell In A Cell 2018

The Asterisk War Part 2

The Asterisk War Part 2 (Episodes 13-24) (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD / Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 281 minutes approx. You might recall the first season of The Asterisk War didn’t exactly ol’ MIB with its weak and derivative storyline and cookie cutter characters, leaving it all to do for this second season to … Continue reading The Asterisk War Part 2

Glory (Slava)

Glory (Slava) Bulgaria (2016) Dirs. Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov Honesty, as widely postulated, is the best policy, but greed is a greater, more powerful trait. In the second film of their “newspaper clippings” trilogy, the Greek/Bulgarian team of Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov follow The Lesson, an uncomfortable tale about debt, with a sobering … Continue reading Glory (Slava)

A Good Lawyer’s Wife (Baramnan gajok)

A Good Lawyer's Wife (Baramnan gajok) Korea (2003) Dir. Im Sang-soo  “If only they kept in their pants” would appear to be the initial message of this saucy Korean film, but that is not necessarily the problem - rather, it is communicating with each other and seeking a more proper solution to that problem which … Continue reading A Good Lawyer’s Wife (Baramnan gajok)

Pari: Not A Fairytale

Pari: Not A Fairytale India (2018) Dir. Prosit Roy Despite being something of a world traveller when it comes to films, the output of one territory that I’ve never connected with is Bollywood. Admittedly, I’ve not seen many but the few I have tried just didn’t click at all. It occurred to me that perhaps … Continue reading Pari: Not A Fairytale

Gangsta

Gangsta (Cert 18) 1 Disc DVD / VOD (Distributor: Signature) Running Time: 125 minutes approx. If you’ve watched any Belgian dramas on TV, you’ll know they are as gloomy as any Scandi thrillers, with their glacial pacing, dour aesthetic, and suburban ennui. Gangsta, from the team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, goes in … Continue reading Gangsta

Michael

Michael Germany (1924) Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer  We like to think homosexuality in cinema is a relatively recent development with the last couple of decades seeing its rise in becoming a subgenre. But as this classic silent film attests, it has been tackled before on the silver screen, in a far more subtle and less … Continue reading Michael

5 Centimetres Per Second (Blu-ray)

5 Centimetres Per Second (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 63 minutes When 5 Centimetres Per Second was first released in the UK on DVD in 2012, it was one of the first anime titles reviewed on this site which you can find HERE. Thus I won’t recap the whole story … Continue reading 5 Centimetres Per Second (Blu-ray)