Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Thailand (2013) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit When The Emoji Movie arrived in 2017, aside from being met by universal hostility, it was seen as a lament for modern cinema finding its inspiration in social media. Yet, this Thai black comedy drama got there first by building a story around a … Continue reading Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy


Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

Slack Bay (Ma Loute) France (2016) Dir. Bruno Dumont I’ve only seen three films from Bruno Dumont and they were all bleak, heavy dramas, so it was a surprise to learn that he had made a comedy. Could the man responsible for the intense heartbreaking darkness of biopic Camille Claudel 1915 and the religion bating … Continue reading Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

Flip Flappers

Flip Flappers (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD / 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 296 minutes approx. Magical Girls. Don’t you just love ‘em? Anime needs more of them, don’t you agree? No? Well how about a show that spoofs them? If so, Flip Flappers might be the show for you - if indeed … Continue reading Flip Flappers

The Lobster

The Lobster Greece/UK (2015) Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos I hesitated to watch this film for two reasons - one: international directors making English language films rarely match the work in their native tongues; two: I can’t stand Colin Farrell. So, imagine how much of a chump I feel as The Lobster is arguably Yorgos Lanthimos best … Continue reading The Lobster

The Bunker (Der Bunker)

The Bunker (Der Bunker) Germany (2015) Dir. Nikias Chryssos It has been a long held myth here in old Blighty that the Germans don’t possess a sense of humour. Perhaps not so demonstrably untrue if their film output is being judged, it is fair to say that Teutonic humour is considerably more esoteric to our … Continue reading The Bunker (Der Bunker)

Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined (Cert 12) 2 Discs Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 307 minutes approx. Arguably one of the boldest titles we’ve seen for an anime series but let’s face it, one look at the news with its daily reports of senseless killings, wars, mass exodus, political corruption and more, it is … Continue reading Humanity Has Declined