Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Rock 'n' Roll High School US (1979) Dir. Allan Arkush Wouldn’t it be cool if there were an education establishment a’la Fame, which teaches the ways of rock music? Of course there isn’t - unless you count the University of Life - which is why kids need rock ‘n’ roll music to help them stick … Continue reading Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo) Hong Kong (1973) Dir. King Hu You’ve heard of Genghis Khan and probably even Kublai Khan but less is known about Lee Khan, largely because he is a fictional creation of legendary wu xia director King Hu. Lee is however, cut from the same cloth … Continue reading The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

So Long, My Son

So Long, My Son (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Curzon/Artificial Eye) Running Time: 178 minutes approx. China is a complex country to us outsiders, and no doubt quite vexing to its inhabitants too. It can’t seem to make up its mind if it is a new capitalist superpower or one of the few remaining … Continue reading So Long, My Son

I Want To Eat Your Pancreas

I Want To Eat Your Pancreas (Cert PG) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 108 minutes approx. Before we get to the main review it is necessary to disappoint anyone drawn to the wonderfully inviting title of this anime film, it is in fact NOT a horror story. Sorry, no zombies or other … Continue reading I Want To Eat Your Pancreas

Manon

Manon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 106 minutes approx. “Nothing’s disgusting when you’re in love” Like most red-blooded males I am a sucker for a pretty face though thankfully I have never been lead up the garden path by one. This is not to suggest all attractive women are evil, … Continue reading Manon

The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki)

The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki) Japan (1963) Dir. Shohei Imamura Life is about struggles for most of us and those who are fortunate enough not to face any difficulties will never understand this. How we deal this is what makes us the people we are - whether we curl up and die, roll with the … Continue reading The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki)

Happy Times (Xing fu shi guang)

Happy Times (Xing fu shi guang) China (2000) Dir. Zhang Yimou Lies and the lying liars who tell them. Even in the name of love, it is not a good idea to try to impress your prospective partner with a tiny - or massive - fib but some people can’t help themselves. Surely, no good … Continue reading Happy Times (Xing fu shi guang)

WWE – TLC 2019

WWE – TLC 2019 (Cert 15) 1 disc DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 180 minutes approx. 2019 comes to a close with a crash, bang, and wallop for the WWE in the form of its annual train wreck show TLC - Tables, Ladders & Chairs. To be honest, there wasn’t really much buzz heading … Continue reading WWE – TLC 2019

Zombieland Saga – The Complete Series

Zombieland Saga - The Complete Series (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray + Digital Copy (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 256 minutes approx. Some people won’t let anything stop them from achieving their life goals - lack of talent, disability, or even death. This might sound flippant but some music acts make more money after they … Continue reading Zombieland Saga – The Complete Series

Hotel du Nord

Hotel du Nord (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 97 minutes approx. “This story has no victim nor culprit, only two accomplices” For the most part this is true, but things have a habit of getting out of hand and drawing others into the mess that has been created. But whilst … Continue reading Hotel du Nord