Burning

Burning (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Thunderbird Releasing) Running Time: 148 minutes approx. I’ve been a fan of Lee Chang-dong for many years. His film Poetry was my favourite for 2010 whilst 2002’s Oasis remains one of the most hard-hitting social dramas on the subject of disability I’ve ever seen. So, with buzz surrounding … Continue reading Burning

Nightfall

Nightfall (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 79 minutes approx. Assumptions. We all make them from time to time but often the embarrassment of them leaving us with egg on our faces could be avoided by simply asking that ill-important question, rather than demanding an answer based on a vague misconception. … Continue reading Nightfall

Vixen

Vixen VOD (Distributor: Darkcoast) Running Time: 88 minutes approx. Ever wondered what Die Hard would be like with a cute kick-ass Asian female lead and not Bruce Willis? You probably haven’t but that hasn’t stopped legendary Hong Kong film expert and polymath Bey Logan from concocting a script on that very basis for this Chinese/international … Continue reading Vixen

The Favourite

The Favourite (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) Running Time: 120 minutes approx. If you’re going to do a modern update of All About Eve then you might as well set it in 18th century England if that makes sense. If it does, you’ve clearly seen the previous films from … Continue reading The Favourite

Girl

Girl (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. Transgender identity and surrounding issues are difficult to portray in film for fear of accusations from the LGBT community of inaccurate representations of the characters. Lukas Dhont’s Girl, based on the real life story of Belgium trans dancer Nora Monsecour, … Continue reading Girl

Yakuza Law

Yakuza Law (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. “The Yakuza are groups of men bound by ironclad rules.” So boasts the legend at the start of this film, which may very well be true but it does also give the “King of Cult” Teruo Ishii an opportunity to … Continue reading Yakuza Law

The Big Clock

The Big Clock (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. Imagine being so good at your job that your employer entrusts only the biggest projects to you until you are unwittingly given one that is going to incriminate you in a crime you didn’t commit. Sound confusing? George Stroud … Continue reading The Big Clock