Fugue (Fuga)

Fugue (Fuga) Poland (2018) Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska Memories are important to us all. To lose them is tragic but an unfortunate inevitability as we get older, or suffer temporary memory loss caused by an accident or trauma. But might there be a situation where being free of bad memories is a positive? One morning in … Continue reading Fugue (Fuga)

1918: The Battle Of Kruty (Крути 1918)

1918: The Battle Of Kruty (Крути 1918) Ukraine (2019) Dir. Aleksey Shaparev Many individual battles are fought during a global conflict that isn’t always well known outside of that country’s history, with the rarest of exceptions. This is where cinema steps up to allow the rest of us to learn about the struggles we weren’t … Continue reading 1918: The Battle Of Kruty (Крути 1918)

Anime Review – Z/X Code reunion Collection

Z/X Code reunion Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 303 minutes approx. If we were to take anime seriously, then Japan has probably stumbled onto something in that instead of vast military power and nuclear weapons, all you actually need to defend the planet is a group of cute schoolgirls with … Continue reading Anime Review – Z/X Code reunion Collection

The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong)

The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Ho Meng-Hua  “Hell hath no fury” is usually associated with a woman scorned, but there is no scorning here to drive the eponymous vengeful beauty in this late 70s Shaw Brothers outing. It’s a Martial Arts flick so naturally the stakes are going to be higher, … Continue reading The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong)

The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče)

The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče) Czech Republic (2019) Dir. Václav Marhoul Survival is something we all have to do in our lives in one way or another, but are forced to some start earlier than others; war, for example, being a prominent cause for this. The fortunate ones will get help when they need it … Continue reading The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče)

Anime Review – After The Rain Collection

After The Rain Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 293 minutes approx. May to December relationships always court controversy among those on the outside, evolving into full-blown scandal depending on how large the age gap is, and where the scale begins. After The Rain based on the manga Koi wa Ameagari … Continue reading Anime Review – After The Rain Collection

Alanis

Alanis Argentina (2017) Dir. Anahí Berneri It’s known as the World’s Oldest Profession, yet it is one that is least likely to see those who work in it high on people’s esteem list. Regardless of whether you considered them near the bottom of society’s scale, they are still human beings and surely should be able … Continue reading Alanis

Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata)

Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata) Spain (2019) Dir. Paco Plaza Revenge may be sweet or a dish best served cold or whatever epigram you care to apply to it but it is also a very messy scenario to be caught up in, largely through being a two-way street. It is a never-ending … Continue reading Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata)

Koko-di Koko-da

Koko-di Koko-da Sweden/Demark (2019) Dir. Johannes Nyholm I have to apologise in advance for any glibness in this review because Koko-di Koko-da is one of those surreal arthouse films heavy on symbolism that exposes ol’ MIB as a bit of a thicko, since I was unable to follow everything that was going on. On a … Continue reading Koko-di Koko-da

Mothra

Mothra (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. Toho studios knew they were onto a good thing when Godzilla became a big hit in 1954, launching the then hitherto untouched genre of Kaiju or monster movies. First there was Rodan in 1956, followed two years later by Varan The Unbelievable, … Continue reading Mothra