The Mad Fox

The Mad Fox (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 109 minutes approx. “Never fall in love” Sage advice it would appear as it only leads to misery and tragedy, especially if you live in feudal Japan and the object of your desires happens to come from another species. During the reign … Continue reading The Mad Fox

The Personal History Of David Copperfield

The Personal History Of David Copperfield (Cert PG) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Lionsgate) Running Time: 120 minutes approx. Confession - I’ve never read Dickens. I know many of the titles of his works and, like most people, I’m very familiar with A Christmas Carol since it has been adapted and lampooned more times than Paul … Continue reading The Personal History Of David Copperfield

Gulabo Sitabo

Gulabo Sitabo (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: Amazon Prime Video) Running Time: 125 minutes approx. The divide between the “haves” and the “have nots” is usually a vast one, encouraging snobbery and petty discrimination, so it is extremely rare, let alone paradoxical, when the two sides are almost one in the same. But that doesn’t stop … Continue reading Gulabo Sitabo


1917 (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Universal) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. War films have largely been either political or patriotic, but always keen to exploit the mental or physical suffering of those on the front line. The depiction of the battles is not just to wow the audience but also to give us … Continue reading 1917


Ema (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: MUBI) Running Time: 107 minutes approx. Motherhood is never easy but then again, it is not something that can be prepared for, only advised about, and supported through. Mistakes will be made, some can be rectified, others will have consequences, unless there is a way back. Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) … Continue reading Ema


Bacurau (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: MUBI) Running Time: 131 minutes approx. “We’ve taken a powerful psychotropic drug and you are going to die” Edward and Tubbs from The League Of Gentlemen had their own way of dealing with people who weren’t local but at least they were subtle in their insane practices. There … Continue reading Bacurau

Why Don’t You Just Die

Why Don’t You Just Die (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. If you can’t rely on your family in life, whom can you rely on? Under most circumstances they should be the first people you turn to for help, advice, guidance or a shoulder to cry on, so … Continue reading Why Don’t You Just Die

One Missed Call Trilogy

One Missed Call Trilogy (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 322 minutes approx. First, there was the killer video tape. Then the killer computer, and now the killer mobile phone! You have to hand it to the Japanese when they like an idea they milk it for all it is worth … Continue reading One Missed Call Trilogy

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


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