Starfish Hotel

Starfish Hotel Japan (2006) Dir. John Williams No, not that John Williams, or the other one either. This John Williams is a Welsh born Japanese resident, making films just as the Japanese do which is largely unheard of. Starfish Hotel is his second “Japanese” film and my first taste of his work, so I’m curious … Continue reading Starfish Hotel


Paprika (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 91 minutes approx.    The third and final classic film to be rescued from the vaults and given a Blu-ray makeover from Manga Entertainment is the final film released during the lifetime of the late, great Satoshi Kon. The visionary director died aged … Continue reading Paprika


Steamboy (Cert PG) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 127 minutes approx. The second of three “classic” anime films getting a first time release on Blu-ray in the UK is, rather fittingly, the second film from Katsuhiro Otomo. Arriving a staggering 16 years after his groundbreaking opus Akira, Otomo clearly likes to … Continue reading Steamboy

Norn9 Collection

Norn9 Collection (Cert 12) 3 Discs DVD / 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 296 minutes approx. In an ideal world just using the phrase “Based on a video game” should suffice in letting you dear readers know exactly what to expect from an anime series. However, in the case of Norn9, a little … Continue reading Norn9 Collection

Gatchaman Crowds Insight

Gatchaman Crowds Insight (Cert 12) 2 Discs Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD Combo (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running Time: 321 Minutes Approx. Ordinarily I would open a review of a sequel with the stalwart proclamation of “They’re back!” or a similar cliché but in this instance, it would require you, dear reader, to cast your mind back to … Continue reading Gatchaman Crowds Insight


Aloys Switzerland (2016) Dir. Tobias Nölle Probably not the best way to start a review but, I cannot lie - I didn’t have a clue what was going on most of the time in this film. Aloys, the second film from Swiss newcomer Tobias Nölle, is a psychological reality bending drama dealing with grief and … Continue reading Aloys