Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada)

Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada) Korea (2018) Dir. Zhang Lu As I recall, there is no serenading of any geese in this film from Chinese-Korean novelist turned director Zhang Lu but there is plenty of pathos behind this sprawling tale of identity, the pain of fitting in, and navigating the many problems life … Continue reading Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada)

Attack On Titan – Series 3 Part One

Attack On Titan - Series 3 Part One (Episodes 38-49) (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray/4 Discs Ltd Combo Collector’s Edition (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 287 minutes approx     The ongoing battle between humans and Titans is one that threatens to rage for a long time to come, but half the battle is understanding the … Continue reading Attack On Titan – Series 3 Part One

Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru: Musubi)

Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru: Musubi) Japan (2018) Dir. Norihiro Koizumi It’s time for the saga of high school girl Chihaya Ayase and her passion for the traditional Japanese card game Karuta to come to an end with this final chapter in the live action movie trilogy, based on the ongoing manga by Yuki Suetsugu. The … Continue reading Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru: Musubi)

Pain And Glory (Dolor y gloria)

Pain And Glory (Dolor y gloria) Spain (2019) Dir. Pedro Almodóvar Filmmaking means many things to different people - some like to use it as a tool to air an opinion or viewpoint on a serious matter, others like to experiment. There are those who choose to simply entertain and make people happy, whilst many … Continue reading Pain And Glory (Dolor y gloria)


Donbass Ukraine (2018) Dir. Sergei Loznitsa Humour, as I have observed before, can be subjective, and doesn’t always travel well between countries and cultures. Satire is one of the harder divisions of humour to cross borders, demonstrated by this offering from Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa which is so short on laughs it’s more a vicious … Continue reading Donbass

Border (Gräns)

Border (Gräns) Sweden (2018) Dir. Ali Abbasi Scandinavian folklore has been inventively fanciful but also rather dark compared to many other nations, which might explain why their horror stories always have a distant but palpably needling sense of plausibility about them. Or maybe their grey landscapes simply encourage bleak thoughts? Tina (Eva Melander) is a … Continue reading Border (Gräns)

Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu

Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 68 minutes approx. I hope you are all sitting down when reading this as the following statement might come as a bit of a shock to you. Ahem… Kizumonogatari - Nekketsu isn’t that bad. Are you still with me? If it is … Continue reading Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu

City Of Rock (Feng ren ji yue dui)

City Of Rock (Feng ren ji yue dui) China (2017) Dir. Da Peng Are you ready to rock? It’s not a crime to want to make a racket with electric guitars and pounding drums though some people still seem to think it is, which is amusing when you consider some of the great careers many … Continue reading City Of Rock (Feng ren ji yue dui)

Steins;Gate 0 – Part One

Steins;Gate 0 - Part One (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 12) 2 Discs Blu-ray/4 Discs DVD/BD combo Ltd. Ed. (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 289 minutes approx   You remember Steins;Gate don’t you? The 2011 sci-fi adventure based around a group of friends who create a time machine from a microwave oven? Well, I hope so as this … Continue reading Steins;Gate 0 – Part One

The 12th Man (Den 12. Mann)

The 12th Man (Den 12. Mann) Norway (2017) Dir. Harald Zwart How does one define a hero? Is it someone who acts selflessly in a crisis to ensure safety of others? Someone who fights for his family, friends, or country, in the process slaying many of the opposition? Someone who stands against a toxic regime … Continue reading The 12th Man (Den 12. Mann)