120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute)

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) France (2017) Dir. Robin Campillo AIDS. It is remarkable how these four letters have the power to send shockwaves through the body some 30 plus years since this disease become a global pandemic. This film takes us back to the early 1990’s when ignorance about AIDS … Continue reading 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute)

Naruto Shippuden Collection 34

Naruto Shippuden Collection 34 (Episodes 431-444) (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 330 minutes approx. It’s déjà vu time with this review of the latest instalment of Naruto Shippuden in that I have to report ANOTHER break in the Fourth Great Ninja War story for more filler. I’m sure fans are used … Continue reading Naruto Shippuden Collection 34

Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) France (2017) Dir. Claire Denis In the romance game, finding “The One” is a thankless task for many people. Generally, this is undertaken while people are still young, unlike the subject of this mordant essay about dating in your later years. 50-something Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a … Continue reading Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Angels Wear White (Jia nian hua)

Angels Wear White (Jia nian hua) China (2017) Dir. Vivian Qu The #MeToo movement might have gained plenty of traction over the past year in the West but there is still plenty of work to be done across all continents to give their woman a much needed voice. Presenting a compelling argument for China to … Continue reading Angels Wear White (Jia nian hua)

WWE – Greatest Royal Rumble

WWE – Greatest Royal Rumble (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 285 minutes approx. The belated DVD release of the controversial event held in Saudi Arabia upsets the chronology of WWE PPV releases, originally taking place in April between Wrestlemania 34 and Backlash. It is the first show of many as … Continue reading WWE – Greatest Royal Rumble

No Game No Life: Zero

No Game No Life: Zero (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 108 minutes approx. You might recall the TV series No Game No Life which appeared on UK shores back in early 2016, about two siblings dragged into a virtual reality world where disputes and settled via games and not violence. Based … Continue reading No Game No Life: Zero

The Man In The White Suit

The Man In The White Suit UK (1951) Dir. Alexander Mackendrick Ealing Comedies are usually associated with gentle, homely affairs typifying post-War, British feel good cinema. In fact, many of their films were scathing satires on the class system and the captains of industry - like this classic under review here. Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) … Continue reading The Man In The White Suit

The Student And Mister Henri (L’étudiante et Monsieur Henri)

The Student And Mister Henri (L'étudiante et Monsieur Henri) France (2015) Dir. Ivan Calbérac  Being a misanthrope might be fun if you truly don’t care if others are offended or not but when you direct your misery towards members of your own family, you need to take a good, long look at yourself. Adapting his … Continue reading The Student And Mister Henri (L’étudiante et Monsieur Henri)

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody (Cert 12A) US/UK (2018) Dir. Bryan Singer Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? No, it’s a movie About Freddie Mercury  Well, somebody had to! I am a massive Queen fan, have been ever since my Dad bought me the Flash Gordon soundtrack (on cassette!) when I was a kid and … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody

The Resistance aka The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbaren)

The Resistance aka The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbaren) Germany (2017) Dir. Claus Räfle World War II has given us, and continues to do so, numerous horrific stories about the atrocities and suffering that occurred during this tumultuous period. While it is wrong to single out one particular event or aspect as the “most” upsetting, one can … Continue reading The Resistance aka The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbaren)