Penguin Highway (Pengin haiwei)

Penguin Highway (Pengin haiwei) Japan (2018) Dir. Hiroyasu Ishida Unless they are seen at the zoo in their bespoke enclosures, penguins will most likely be found in the Antarctic. Therefore, one wouldn’t expect to see a waddle of this aquatic flightless birds running along the street in rural Japan during the summer but in anime, … Continue reading Penguin Highway (Pengin haiwei)

Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns) Germany (2016) Dir. Simon Verhoeven Immigration is a divisive issue that has proven ripe pickings for filmmakers in delivering stark and thorny social dramas on the subject, mostly in depicting the negativity and hostility it engenders. So, it is to some surprise that the one country to make … Continue reading Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

Every Day’s A Holiday

Every Day's A Holiday UK (1964) Dir. James Hill The rock’n’roll movie was probably an inevitability after Bill Haley and Elvis took off and Hollywood decided to capitalise on their fame. It wasn’t long before British rockers got the same treatment with Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard. But by the 60s, it seems anyone with … Continue reading Every Day’s A Holiday

The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers (Hoshikuzu kyôdai no densetsu)

The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers (Hoshikuzu kyôdai no densetsu) Japan (1985) Dir. Macoto Tezuka Everyone seems to think being a pop star is the easiest path to money, adoration, and some kind of fulfilled life. In this day and age of TV talent shows fast tracking wannabes to the top this ideal has been … Continue reading The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers (Hoshikuzu kyôdai no densetsu)

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 US (2017) Dirs. Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda The folks at Illumination are determined to make Despicable Me into a major franchise having already two films and a spin-off for the scene-stealing Minions, which I’ve not seen but is said to be a bit poor. However, Minions took over a billion dollars … Continue reading Despicable Me 3

Ninotchka

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

Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1 Part 2

Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1 Part 2 (Episodes 14-25)(Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/ Blu-ray - 4 Discs Ltd Ed. Combo Pack (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 286 minutes approx. Release Date: March 2nd    We resume the story of orphaned schoolgirl Tohru Honda and her cursed housemates of the Soma family, a group of young … Continue reading Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1 Part 2