The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo)

The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion (Manyeo) Korea (2018) Dir. Park Hoon-Jung Growing up is hard at the best of times, especially when we hit our teens and begin to develop our identities that will take us into adulthood. Now imagine that you discover one day that your life has been a lie - … Continue reading The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo)

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Hortensia

Hortensia Argentina (2015) Dirs. Diego Lublinsky & Álvaro Urtizberea Some people can drift aimlessly through yet still manage to get on, others struggle at every turn. Some of us are always searching for that elusive thing we hope will make us happy, fulfilled or, more commonly, rich. Having a set plan usually helps yet it … Continue reading Hortensia

Rendel – Dark Vengeance

Rendel - Dark Vengeance (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Universal Pictures/4Digital Media) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. Breaking news - Hollywood no longer has the monopoly on films involving masked crime fighters as Finland has thrown its hat into the ring with this dark and violent creation. In the fictional city of Mikkeli stands … Continue reading Rendel – Dark Vengeance

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