Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/ 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running Time: 120 minutes approx. In 1998 Hollywood decided to resurrect Japan’s iconic movie monster Godzilla with disastrous results. The ever-polite Japanese creators publicly gave it their blessing but, like everyone else, hated it, responding with their own reboot a year later. … Continue reading Shin Godzilla


The Villainess

The Villainess (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 124 minutes approx. It seems that someone in South Korea’s film industry finally read the e-mail about women now being pushed to the forefront of action cinema in notoriously misogynistic Hollywood. After the success of Wonder Woman, Atomic Blonde and Lucy, director Jung Byoung-Gil … Continue reading The Villainess

God Of War

God Of War (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Well Go USA) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. You have to hand it to the Chinese - they do historical films arguably better than anyone else, at least on an aesthetic and immersive front. Even if the historical accuracy is open to question, at least we … Continue reading God Of War

The Midwife

The Midwife (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 112 minutes approx. Life. It’s a funny old game. Whilst it is up to us how we live it, we need help coming into it and help when we are ready to leave it - the problem is that during the latter, we … Continue reading The Midwife


Inversion (Cert PG) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: New Wave Films) Running Time: 81 minutes approx. When the legendary Tammy Wynette sang the immortal lyric “Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman” I doubt she had the women of Iran in mind, but films like Behnam Behzadi’s Inversion do add a certain poignant and desperate potency … Continue reading Inversion

Mourning Forest

Mourning Forest (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 97 minutes approx. Despite the supernatural sounding title of Japanese arthouse director Naomi Kawase’s fourth feature film, Mourning Forest doesn’t feature a spirit infested woodland area mysteriously killing people, instead it is a (very) quiet meditation on grief and redemption. … Continue reading Mourning Forest


Souvenir (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 87 minutes approx. When an actor has played practically every aberrant, enigmatic and emotionally tortured role possible what is there left to do? If you are irrepressible modern French legend Isabelle Huppert the answer is simple - you play a washed up pop singer! Not since … Continue reading Souvenir