The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1 (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 15) 4 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 290 minutes approx Judging by this first instalment of this dark fantasy series, the title The Ancient Magus’ Bride feels a little misleading as no marriage has taken place yet; scratch that, there hasn’t even been … Continue reading The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1

The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)

The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci) Turkey (2018) Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan It’s funny how young people always think they know it all, especially the precocious ones who read a few highbrow books and suddenly believe their take on the world is the only “right” one and everyone else is an ignoramus living in the … Continue reading The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)

White Valentine (Hwaiteu ballenta-in)

White Valentine (Hwaiteu ballenta-in) Korea (1999) Dir. Yang Yun-Ho It’s funny how life works - you spend all your time looking far and wide for something and it is right there under your nose. When this applies to love you have the makings of a story that would be a perfect fit for a romantic … Continue reading White Valentine (Hwaiteu ballenta-in)

Things To Come

Things To Come (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 102 minutes approx. Isabelle Huppert, one of France’s greatest exports, is known for her choice of roles that defy convention - formidable, uncompromising and emotionally complex women appear to be her speciality. One trope which is a rarity among this incredible portfolio … Continue reading Things To Come

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Korea (2016) Dir. Park Chan-Wook Following a stint in Hollywood that yielded 2013’s Stoker, Park Chan-Wook is back on native turf and while the US idea of aesthetic grandeur has rubbed off on him The Handmaiden is just as subversive as Park’s previous Korean work. Relocating the Victorian England setting of Sarah … Continue reading The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)