Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps)

Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps) France (1982) Dir. René Laloux Having made the classic animation Fantastic Planet from a novel by French sci-fi author Stefan Wul, unhurried French director René Laloux’s follow up (nine years later) was another Wul adaptation, this time turning his 1958 work L'Orphelin de Perdide into Time Masters. A six-wheeled … Continue reading Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 2

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 2 (Episodes 13-24) (Cert 15) 4 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 309 minutes approx  The unusual teacher and student relationship between a depressed orphan teenage girl and a reclusive mage with a goat’s skull for a head that is destined to end in marriage continues. At this … Continue reading The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 2

Burning

Burning (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Thunderbird Releasing) Running Time: 148 minutes approx. I’ve been a fan of Lee Chang-dong for many years. His film Poetry was my favourite for 2010 whilst 2002’s Oasis remains one of the most hard-hitting social dramas on the subject of disability I’ve ever seen. So, with buzz surrounding … Continue reading Burning

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Cert 12A) US (2019) Dir. Michael Dougherty There seems to be a recurring cycle regarding the Godzilla franchise between Japan and the US. When the original Japanese incarnation retired in the 1970’s after 20 years, the US made a TV cartoon series prompting Toho to resurrect Gojira in the mid-80’s … Continue reading Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Nightfall

Nightfall (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 79 minutes approx. Assumptions. We all make them from time to time but often the embarrassment of them leaving us with egg on our faces could be avoided by simply asking that ill-important question, rather than demanding an answer based on a vague misconception. … Continue reading Nightfall

WWE – Wrestlemania 35

WWE – Wrestlemania 35 (Cert 15) 2 discs Blu-ray/3 Disc DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 259 minutes approx. Of the all the epithets and marketing slogans attached to Wrestlemania - “The Grandest Stage Of Them All”, “The Biggest Show Of The Year” “The Showcase Of Immortals” - one is still conspicuous by its absence, … Continue reading WWE – Wrestlemania 35

Vixen

Vixen VOD (Distributor: Darkcoast) Running Time: 88 minutes approx. Ever wondered what Die Hard would be like with a cute kick-ass Asian female lead and not Bruce Willis? You probably haven’t but that hasn’t stopped legendary Hong Kong film expert and polymath Bey Logan from concocting a script on that very basis for this Chinese/international … Continue reading Vixen

Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

Blue Spring (Aoi haru) Japan (2001) Dir. Toshiaki Toyoda School was hard, at least for me - bullied, unable to keep up with others - but if this film is any indication, and I hope it isn’t, I got off very lightly compared to the sheer horror on display here courtesy of a group of … Continue reading Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible)

An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) France (2018) Dir. Catherine Corsini They say you can’t help who you fall in love with (not that I would know) but there must come a point when the penny would drop and make such a splash upon impact that it is time to pull the plug on the … Continue reading An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible)

Darling In The FranXX Part 1

Darling In The FranXX Part 1 (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 290 minutes approx       A post-apocalyptic world is under threat from invading aliens and the only line of defence is a fleet of Mecha piloted by a group of plucky teens. And the opening credits of this … Continue reading Darling In The FranXX Part 1