The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man UK (1980) Dir. David Lynch In this current climate of people desiring fame and attention for the vainest and shallow of reasons, we must not overlook those who achieve it through their misfortune as exploited by others. That this is more infamy than fame, there are few more notable the tragic case … Continue reading The Elephant Man

Scandal (Shubun)

Scandal (Shubun) Japan (1950) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Celebrities have never had a great relationship with the press, for better or worse. The public rely on the media to inform them in an impartial manner and hold the corrupt and venal to account for their actions with some impunity from state censure. Unfortunately, the media appears … Continue reading Scandal (Shubun)

Black Clover Season 2 Part 1

Black Clover Season 2 Part 1 (Episodes 52-63) (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 287 minutes approx. Release Date: May 4th  Usually I’d begin a review with something along the lines “And we’re back” as this the official second season of Black Clover, but the truth is, it never went away! … Continue reading Black Clover Season 2 Part 1

La Grande Illusion

La Grande Illusion France (1937) Dir. Jean Renoir Anti-war films usually impart their message by exploring the horrors of war, the fickle nature of man’s blind nationalism, and the effects it has on the loved ones left behind. Trust the French to take a different stance in their case against the futility of war. During … Continue reading La Grande Illusion

I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová)

I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová) Czech Republic (2016) Dirs. Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb “I know I’m a psycho but an enlightened one.” Reading the mind of a murderer will not make for an easy experience, as I am sure any psychologist will agree, though it is not always the case that the subject is … Continue reading I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová)

Valentin

Valentin Argentina (2002) Dir. Alejandro Agresti Too many people in life think they know it all yet know nothing. They have an opinion on everything, try to enforce that opinion on others and believe that whatever they do to fix a situation is the only correct method, even if they are sometimes successful. No doubt … Continue reading Valentin

First Love (Hatsukoi)

First Love (Hatsukoi) Japan (2019) Dir Takashi Miike You know what they say about best-laid plans. In real life, it can be very frustrating when they go awry but in cinema, it often leads to one hell of a rush.  And when such a scenario is depicted by the enfant terrible of Japanese cinema, Takashi … Continue reading First Love (Hatsukoi)