Movie Review – Cocoon (Kokon)

Cocoon (Kokon) Germany (2020) Dir. Leonie Krippendorff Sorry, no aliens whisking elderly people away to rejuvenate them here, this is an entirely different Cocoon, still symbolic but more literal in its reference by being a coming-of-age tale from Germany. During the sweltering hot Berlin summer of 2018, Nora (Lena Urzendowsky) a shy, plain 14 year-old … Continue reading Movie Review – Cocoon (Kokon)

15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot)

15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot) Thailand (2017) Dirs. Napat Jidwerapat & Artwanun Klinaiem “Life doesn’t begin at a certain age. It begins whenever you realise it.” A profound yet somewhat askew pearl of wisdom that has the misfortune of appearing in a film that sets the #MeToo movement back a couple of decades, … Continue reading 15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot)

Ground Control To Psycho Electric Girl

Ground Control To Psycho Electric Girl (Cert 12) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 333 minutes approx. What would it take for you to believe in aliens? Seeing one in person, witnessing their otherworldly powers in action, or simply taking the word of someone who thinks they are an alien? Since this is anime, … Continue reading Ground Control To Psycho Electric Girl

Dog In A Sidecar (Saido kâ ni inu)

Dog In A Sidecar (Saido kâ ni inu) Japan (2007) Dir. Kichitaro Negishi Adult influence in our lives when we are children is essential, though it doesn’t always go the way it should depending on who is providing the guidance. Normally, we would look to our parents for this important job but fate often prevents … Continue reading Dog In A Sidecar (Saido kâ ni inu)

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 92 mins/94 mins approx Extended version To us Brits, American high schools always seem like a hub for debauchery and mischief if films of the 80’s are to be believed; Certainly, my school was nothing like those depicted in films like Porky’s, Animal … Continue reading Sixteen Candles

Hanasaku Iroha Part 1

Hanasaku Iroha Part 1 (Episodes 1-13) (Cert 12) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 309 minutes approx. Change is inevitable but as the old adage goes, one has to want to change for it to work. Some need it, some resist it, many fear it but is it really for the better? The truth … Continue reading Hanasaku Iroha Part 1

Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

Blue Spring (Aoi haru) Japan (2001) Dir. Toshiaki Toyoda School was hard, at least for me - bullied, unable to keep up with others - but if this film is any indication, and I hope it isn’t, I got off very lightly compared to the sheer horror on display here courtesy of a group of … Continue reading Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

The Giants (Les géants)

The Giants (Les géants) Belgium (2011) Dir. Bouli Lanners When we were kids we all yearned for freedom from adults around us, allowing us to run amok and have adventures unfettered from disapproval and stringent rules. Yet without being able to return to our families or the oppression of adult rule to rebel against, this … Continue reading The Giants (Les géants)

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation) France (2017) Dir. Anne Fontaine It’s tough being yourself in a world unforgiving and prejudiced against certain groups or lifestyles that you may fit in with that don’t adhere to convention. But, what if you were given an opportunity to hide that side of you away or maybe … Continue reading Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) Iceland (2016) Dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson It might seem that geography would have no bearing on the trials of childhood and the universally experienced journey through puberty but this isn’t true. For some it might be a case of cultural traditions that make all the difference, for others it really is a result … Continue reading Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)