The Wandering Earth (Liú làng dì qiú)

The Wandering Earth (Liú làng dì qiú) China (2019) Dir. Frant Gwo A few months ago, I reviewed a Chinese sci-fi film Last Sunrise, about the impending end of a solar reliant world due to the sun going out. Unbeknownst to me, China had made another sci-fi flick about the end of the world thanks … Continue reading The Wandering Earth (Liú làng dì qiú)

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková) Czechoslovakia (1985) Dir. Jirí Menzel It’s fair to say that the humour of central European countries is rather esoteric and very much an acquired taste to the point of being mostly arcane for the rest of us. Topping that list must be Czechoslovakia aka Czech Republic, noted for … Continue reading My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

The Giants (Les géants)

The Giants (Les géants) Belgium (2011) Dir. Bouli Lanners When we were kids we all yearned for freedom from adults around us, allowing us to run amok and have adventures unfettered from disapproval and stringent rules. Yet without being able to return to our families or the oppression of adult rule to rebel against, this … Continue reading The Giants (Les géants)

WWE – John Cena – Hustle, Loyalty & Respect

WWE – John Cena - Hustle, Loyalty & Respect (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 353 minutes approx. If you saw John Cena’s unadvertised return at Wrestlemania 35 earlier this year, you’ll know it was preceded by a video about baseball legend Babe Ruth, the implication being Cena is the “Babe … Continue reading WWE – John Cena – Hustle, Loyalty & Respect

The Favourite

The Favourite (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) Running Time: 120 minutes approx. If you’re going to do a modern update of All About Eve then you might as well set it in 18th century England if that makes sense. If it does, you’ve clearly seen the previous films from … Continue reading The Favourite

Black Clover Season 1 Part 2

Black Clover Season 1 Part 2 (Episodes 11-19) (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 215 minutes approx. You’ll have to cast your mind all the way back to last August for when the first volume of the latest shonen adventure show Black Clover hit these shores. It’s been a bit of … Continue reading Black Clover Season 1 Part 2

Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)

Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal) Korea (2018) Dir. Choi Kook-Hee Bankers. There is a reason its rude rhyming alternative exists and it’s not limited to here in the UK either. In 1997, Korea was embroiled in a major financial scandal due to the actions of corrupt politicians that was seen a key contribution to Korea’s financial crash … Continue reading Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)

Land Of The Lustrous – Complete Collection

Land Of The Lustrous – Complete Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 303 minutes approx. Women are precious to us men but I’m sure they would be less appealing if they were actually made of jewels. An odd concept to fathom? Welcome to Land Of The Lustrous. In a futuristic world … Continue reading Land Of The Lustrous – Complete Collection

Kes

Kes UK (1969) Dir. Ken Loach Neo Realism is usually associated with Italian cinema and the works of Vittori De Sica et al, but that doesn’t mean other countries haven’t made a significant contribution to this simple but affecting milieu. There is something about working class Britain that lends itself to this subgenre of cinema … Continue reading Kes

Dragonball Super Movie: Broly

Dragonball Super Movie: Broly (Cert PG) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray - 2 Disc Blu-ray Steelbook (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 101 minutes approx  The creation of Akira Toriyama shows no signs of letting up 35 years on from debuting as a manga and 33 years after the first TV anime adaptation. If further proof were needed … Continue reading Dragonball Super Movie: Broly