George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 13 minutes approx. Release Date – September 21st One of the most enduring and iconic images in cinema history adorns the front cover of this Blu-ray release of one of the most famous and influential films of all … Continue reading George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

Gamera: The Giant Monster (Daikaijû Gamera)

Gamera: The Giant Monster (Daikaijû Gamera) Japan (1965) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Imitation is reputedly the sincerest form of flattery, except in the world of cinema where it is seen as a licence to cash in on a successful format someone else thought of first. If this ersatz version of a hot property is too close … Continue reading Gamera: The Giant Monster (Daikaijû Gamera)

Champagne

Champagne UK (1928) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock People who grew up with wealth are the worst. There, I said it. Now, I realise that might be deemed and egregious generalisation, but there are far too many examples of people whose sense of entitlement has come from not having to struggle or often actually work to afford … Continue reading Champagne

Live It Up!

Live It Up! UK (1963) Dir. Lance Comfort As life changes, the highs and lows of a wannabe pop star trying to break into the music business is one thing that will remain a constant. The music may differ, the opportunities slimmer or wider, but getting the people who matter invested in you or your … Continue reading Live It Up!

The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes)

The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes) France (1938) Dir. Marcel Carné You might like life but does life like you? Something we rarely think about is in fact an important question to ask ourselves, otherwise why do so many good people have such bad luck whilst the less pleasant get to enjoy continued … Continue reading The Port Of Shadows (Le quai des brumes)

A Foreign Affair

A Foreign Affair US (1948) Dir. Billy Wilder They say all is fair in love and war, but never offer any advice for when the two happen to overlap. One could argue Shakespeare covered this with Romeo And Juliet but a spat between two families is not the same as global conflict. So, it’s over … Continue reading A Foreign Affair

The Silent Duel (Shizukanaru kettô)

The Silent Duel (Shizukanaru kettô) Japan (1949) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Although many might not like to think it, we do tend to take our doctors and nurses for granted, entrusting our health, wellbeing, and lives to them and expect them to drop everything for us. But who looks after them when they are ill? And … Continue reading The Silent Duel (Shizukanaru kettô)

Leto

Leto Russia (2018) Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll, unless you are living in Communist Russia in the 1980s in which case, it is a very long way to the top but only if the Party approves of your lyrics first. After all, it’s … Continue reading Leto

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse US (2019) Dir. Robert Eggers Loneliness can be a real killer, which is why “lighthouse keeper” is hardly at the top of any list of career choices, though these days they are probably computer operated. Back in the days of yore however, a human presence was a necessity and even then, it wasn’t … Continue reading The Lighthouse

Hiroshima

Hiroshima (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 105 minutes approx. Release Date – July 13th The events of August 6th 1945 will live in infamy, so much so that even if you don’t recognise the date, just hearing the name Hiroshima is enough to understand. Many dramatisations followed in its wake, … Continue reading Hiroshima