Early Kurosawa Part 2

Early Kurosawa Part 2 Japan (1943-45) Dir. Akira Kurosawa This is the second disc (well, the first disc actually but I was sent them in reverse order) of the Early Kurosawa set from BFI, meaning another two-for-one review! This time we go right back to the very beginning with the first feature film directed by … Continue reading Early Kurosawa Part 2

The Son Of The Sheik

The Son Of The Sheik US (1926) Dir. George Fitzmaurice It’s the same old story - boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl fall out, boy whisks girl away to be his slave… okay maybe that last bit isn’t quite the norm, and definitely wouldn’t fly in 2020 (except maybe … Continue reading The Son Of The Sheik

Early Kurosawa Part 1

Early Kurosawa Part 1 Japan (1944-45) Dir. Akira Kurosawa A slightly different review this time as we offer a two-for-the-price-of-one appraisal of the early films of one of the world’s most celebrated directors, Akira Kurosawa, courtesy of this four-disc collection from BFI. First up is The Most Beautiful (Ichiban utsukushiku) from 1944, which was Kurosawa’s … Continue reading Early Kurosawa Part 1

The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker US (1962) Dir. Arthur Penn We are incredibly fortunate to live in these current times where our understanding of impairments and other health issues is far greater now than it ever was, allowing those affected to still live full lives and get the necessary help to do so. In the 19th century … Continue reading The Miracle Worker


Ninotchka US (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch “Garbo Laughs!” Amazingly that tagline was seemingly enough to sell this film to audiences in 1939, just as “Garbo Talks!” worked nine year earlier with Anna Christie her first talkie. That didn’t stop the film being banned in the Soviet Union though, but that is understandable it was a … Continue reading Ninotchka


Manon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 106 minutes approx. Release Date – February 24th “Nothing’s disgusting when you’re in love” Like most red-blooded males I am a sucker for a pretty face though thankfully I have never been lead up the garden path by one. This is not to suggest … Continue reading Manon

The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki)

The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki) Japan (1963) Dir. Shohei Imamura Life is about struggles for most of us and those who are fortunate enough not to face any difficulties will never understand this. How we deal this is what makes us the people we are - whether we curl up and die, roll with the … Continue reading The Insect Woman (Nippon konchûki)