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. 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 premise they tend to suffuse … 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

Videoman (Cert 18) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 94 minutes approx. 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 to make DVDs and Blu-rays … Continue reading Videoman

WWE – Best Of RAW & Smackdown 2018

WWE – Best Of RAW & Smackdown 2018 (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 555 minutes approx. Unless you follow the “insider” news pertaining to pro-wrestling, the irony of host Charlie Caruso proclaiming 2018 a “one the best years ever in WWE” will be lost on you. This irony is that … Continue reading WWE – Best Of RAW & Smackdown 2018

Student A (Yeojungsaeng A)

Student A (Yeojungsaeng A) Korea (2018) Dir. Lee Kyung-Sub School life isn’t easy, especially during the awkward phase of puberty every child goes through, that often tumultuous period of physical change and confusion. Unfortunately, some kids develop unpleasant personalities, believing they have the right to make the lives of others a misery. But whom can … Continue reading Student A (Yeojungsaeng A)

The Life Of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)

The Life Of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna) Japan (1952) Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi Social status is a very divisive factor in life - some live and die by it, others couldn’t care less as long as they have health and happiness. Once upon a time, some people were trapped by their social status through the attitudes … Continue reading The Life Of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)