The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja) Korea (2016) Dir. E J-yong The original Korean title for this poignant and rather tragic outing from the enigmatically named E J-yong is The Killer Woman, a deceptive and less poetic title than the one used for its international release, which tells those of us outside of Korea very little … Continue reading The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

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A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) Sweden (2015) Dir. Hannes Holm If people are grumpy, maybe there is a reason for this, but how many of us are either too intimidated or simply put off by someone’s gruff and belligerent behaviour to find out what that reason is? Based on the novel … Continue reading A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas)

Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas) Spain (2003) Dir. Laura Mañá The ability to tell a convincing story is a rare skill but one that can pay dividends, used correctly of course, unless one starts to believe the yarn they are spinning. This Spanish psychological thriller adds a fresh twist on the serial killer genre in both … Continue reading Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas)

Prevenge

Prevenge UK (2016) Dir. Alice Lowe Parents will do pretty much anything for their children - within reason and subject to financial capacity, naturally. Despite being the adult in the relationship and the one supposedly in control, it is the kids that dictate their actions. But what if the child hasn’t even been born yet … Continue reading Prevenge

High Heels (Tacones lejanos)

High Heels (Tacones lejanos) Spain (1991) Dir. Pedro Almodóvar Mostly in films about fractured relationships, it is a woman getting in between two men - but this is an Almodóvar film so naturally this situation is inverted, AND the two women in question just happen to be mother and daughter, which is just the tip … Continue reading High Heels (Tacones lejanos)

House (Hausu)

House (Hausu) Japan (1977) Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi No relation to the 1980’s Hollywood horror film series and definitely not connected to the medical TV show starring Hugh Laurie, this cult classic from Japan was supposed to be their answer to Jaws but ended up much closer to a head spinning blend of Rocky Horror Picture … Continue reading House (Hausu)

Your Name

Your Name  (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray/3 Discs Deluxe Edition (Distributor: All The Anime) Running time: 107 minutes approx. Release Date: November 6th / Deluxe Edition: November 23rd   Something quite remarkable has happened to anime films over the past year, that being them starting appear more regularly in mainstream cinemas across the UK (not my … Continue reading Your Name