Love And Other Cults

Love And Other Cults (Cert 18) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray combo (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. Loosely based on the true story of an unnamed AV actress, Love And Other Cults could cheekily be summarised as Sion Sono’s Love Exposure condensed from 4 hours to 96 minutes. But Eiji Uchida, noted for … Continue reading Love And Other Cults

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Sacha Guitry Four Films 1936-1938

Sacha Guitry Four Films 1936-1938 (Cert U) 4 Discs Blu-ray/DVD Combo (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 379 minutes approx. Described as the “French Noel Coward”, Sacha Guitry was a polymath of film and theatre, and inspiration for many French New Wave filmmakers. Guitry’s renown is unlikely to yield the same reverence in the UK today, … Continue reading Sacha Guitry Four Films 1936-1938

After The Storm

After The Storm (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 117 minutes approx. “I wonder why it is that men can't love the present. Either they just keep chasing whatever it is they've lost... or they keep dreaming beyond their reach.” Following the brief diversion from his favoured theme of father and son … Continue reading After The Storm

A Woman’s Life

A Woman’s Life (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 119 minutes approx. Director Stéphane Brizé, confounds expectations by following his multi-award winning social drama The Measure Of A Man with an uncharacteristic spartan period drama. A Woman’s Life, an adaptation of the 19th century novel Une Vie by Guy de Maupassant, … Continue reading A Woman’s Life

Monster Hunt

  Monster Hunt (Cert 12) 1 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running Time: 117 minutes approx. In what must be a conclusive sign that China’s desire to rival Hollywood on the international film front is practically complete, this family friendly CGI fantasy was at one point the highest grossing film in Chinese history until usurped … Continue reading Monster Hunt

The Battleship Island

The Battleship Island (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Precision Pictures) Running Time: 127 minutes approx. “Dirty Koreans. You should be thankful!” A typically blinkered rant from a power crazed Japanese officer in this epic Korean box office hit that ruffled the sensitivities of many right-wing Japanese commentators in depicting another shameful, hitherto covered up … Continue reading The Battleship Island

Chasing The Dragon

Chasing The Dragon (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Well Go USA) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. Drugs are bad; everyone knows that, but not just for the users and their families whose lives are messed up by them but for the peddlers too. Prolific and polarising Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Jing and co-director Jason … Continue reading Chasing The Dragon