Starfish Hotel

Starfish Hotel Japan (2006) Dir. John Williams No, not that John Williams, or the other one either. This John Williams is a Welsh born Japanese resident, making films just as the Japanese do which is largely unheard of. Starfish Hotel is his second “Japanese” film and my first taste of his work, so I’m curious … Continue reading Starfish Hotel


Tehran Taboo

Tehran Taboo Germany/Austria (2017) Dir. Ali Soozandeh  Regular visitors to this site will be aware of the films reviewed from Iran and the Middle East dealing with the moral patriarchal corruption and archaic attitudes towards women. Some have even been animations, proving to be as hard hitting as any live action film, which Tehran Taboo … Continue reading Tehran Taboo

Vatican Miracle Examiner Collection

Vatican Miracle Examiner Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 321 minutes approx. Release Date: February 25th   Religious themed anime aren’t as plentiful as mecha, slice-of-life, or harem comedies, since the Japanese view Christianity a little differently than here in the west. Therefore, when they do use it is as central … Continue reading Vatican Miracle Examiner Collection

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Thailand (2013) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit When The Emoji Movie arrived in 2017, aside from being met by universal hostility, it was seen as a lament for modern cinema finding its inspiration in social media. Yet, this Thai black comedy drama got there first by building a story around a … Continue reading Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) Iceland (2016) Dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson It might seem that geography would have no bearing on the trials of childhood and the universally experienced journey through puberty but this isn’t true. For some it might be a case of cultural traditions that make all the difference, for others it really is a result … Continue reading Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man And The Wasp US (2018) Dir. Peyton Reed The smallest superhero is back for another big screen adventure following on from his debut in 2015 and his appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Comic book fatigue is setting in for many filmgoers but the premise behind Ant-Man is so unique it might just be … Continue reading Ant-Man And The Wasp


Videoman (Cert 18) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 94 minutes approx. Release Date – February 18th You know you are getting old when youngsters these days don’t even know what dial-up internet is, let alone CDs, vinyl and cassettes. For film buffs this extends to the VHS, and with streaming even threatening … Continue reading Videoman