Skirt Day (La journée de la jupe)

Skirt Day (La journée de la jupe) France (2008) Dir. Jean-Paul Lilienfeld Being a teacher must be one of the more thankless professions to undertake, more so in today’s age of political and racial unrest that leads to unprecedented violence in the classroom. In my day, kids were of course unruly but they respected and … Continue reading Skirt Day (La journée de la jupe)

Midnight Runners (Cheong-nyeon-gyeong-chal)

Midnight Runners (Cheong-nyeon-gyeong-chal) Korea (2017) Dir. Kim Ju-hwan It was 35 years ago the first Police Academy film arrived, and recently there was talk of a reboot, though concerns were how it would fare in today’s politically correct climate. With this idea still in limbo, Korean cinema suggests how it might work with Midnight Runners, … Continue reading Midnight Runners (Cheong-nyeon-gyeong-chal)

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk US (2018) Dir. Barry Jenkins Racism and abuse of power that often goes hand in hand with it never ceases to shock, perhaps more so as it continues to occur to this day. Perhaps it is fortunate modern technology and social media can often help right some wrongs, but it … Continue reading If Beale Street Could Talk

WWE – Extreme Rules 2019

WWE – Extreme Rules 2019 (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 228 minutes approx. It might not be a complete accident that this year’s iteration of the stipulation heavy show known as Extreme Rules should emanate from the Home of Hardcore, Philadelphia where a certain indy promotion under the guidance of … Continue reading WWE – Extreme Rules 2019

Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) Italy (2018) Dir. Alice Rohrwacher “Human beings are like animals. Set them free and they realize they are slaves locked in their own misery.” This is probably true but that is no reason to exploit people for personal, selfish gain, though such a practice will continue as long as there … Continue reading Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

Black Clover Season 1 Part 4

Black Clover Season 1 Part 4 (Episodes 30-39) (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 239 minutes approx. The journey of magic less Magic Knight Asta to realising his dream of becoming Wizard king continues in this fourth instalment of Black Clover. The next adventure to befall our shouty protagonist actually happens … Continue reading Black Clover Season 1 Part 4

Whatever Happens Next

Whatever Happens Next Germany (2018) Dir. Julian Pörksen Go on, admit it - you’ve just wanted to forget everything and just walk away from it all, with no destination in mind as long as it is as far away from the mundanity of everyday life. But, we are too sensible for that and take our … Continue reading Whatever Happens Next

When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends To Be Dead (Ie ni kaeru to tsuma ga kanarazu shinda furi o shite imasu)

When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends To Be Dead (Ie ni kaeru to tsuma ga kanarazu shinda furi o shite imasu) Japan (2018) Dir. Toshio Lee I doubt I will ever get married, but those who are or have been will know it is not such an easy endeavour to undertake for a … Continue reading When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends To Be Dead (Ie ni kaeru to tsuma ga kanarazu shinda furi o shite imasu)

Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü)

Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü) China (2018) Dir. Jia Zhangke When Tammy Wynette famously sang Stand By Your Man it may have been intended as a rallying cry for women to show their support for their men faults and all, but the song doesn’t lay out the downside to having this devotion … Continue reading Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü)

Dai Shogun Collection

Dai Shogun Collection (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 296 minutes approx. The Edo period of Japan has proven fertile ground for creative types in telling tales of samurai, warlords, or having fun with the legendary figures of the period. In anime, this has seen the era re-imagined to feature monsters, witchcraft, … Continue reading Dai Shogun Collection