Armed Girl’s Machiavellism

Armed Girl’s Machiavellism (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 321 minutes approx. For some teenage boys, being sent to an all girls’ school would probably be his every (wet) dream come true and with anime being what it is, you know exactly the sort of girls that would be in attendance. But … Continue reading Armed Girl’s Machiavellism

One Piece Collection 19

One Piece Collection 19 (Episodes 446-468) (Cert 12) 4 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 543 minutes approx   If Monkey D. Luffy is your favourite One Piece character this latest volume will be a manna from heaven for you as the bulk of its twenty-two episodes are devoted to his mission to save his brother … Continue reading One Piece Collection 19

Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

Slack Bay (Ma Loute) France (2016) Dir. Bruno Dumont I’ve only seen three films from Bruno Dumont and they were all bleak, heavy dramas, so it was a surprise to learn that he had made a comedy. Could the man responsible for the intense heartbreaking darkness of biopic Camille Claudel 1915 and the religion bating … Continue reading Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

One Piece Collection 18

One Piece Collection 18 (Episodes 422-445) (Cert 12) 4 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 565 minutes approx  Welcome back to the further adventures of everybody’s favourite pirates the Straw Hats as One Piece continues to roll on. In truth, this is a bit of a white lie as this collection features Straw Hats rubbery … Continue reading One Piece Collection 18

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Complete Collection

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Complete Collection (Cert 15) 5 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 340 minutes approx. “Who's the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about?” If you said “Shaft” then in this instance, you are wrong - we’re talking about Sakamoto-san. What, haven’t you heard? Sakamoto is … Continue reading Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Complete Collection

Maid Sama! Collection 2

Maid Sama! Collection 2 (Episodes 15-26)(Cert 15) 3 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 322 minutes approx. Despite being labelled Collection 2 this is in fact a continuation from the first volume of Maid Sama!, concerning titular maid Misaki Ayuzawa trying to be the best student council president at Seika High School, while dealing with the … Continue reading Maid Sama! Collection 2

The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie)

The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie) France (2014) Dir. François Ozon No-one can accuse François Ozon of being a director who plays it safe. With the central issue of his latest film being a rather prominent one in the news of late, to handle it with anything other than sensitivity would be a dangerous move. … Continue reading The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie)

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot US (1959) Dir. Billy Wilder At the time of writing this - June 22nd 2015 - it is Billy Wilder’s birthday and he would have been 109 years-old. So what better way to celebrate than with a viewing of one of his most popular and enduring films? And before you curse … Continue reading Some Like It Hot

Gatchaman Crowds

Gatchaman Crowds  (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 301 minutes approx.  If the name Gatchaman brings with a warm sense of nostalgia and possible excitement then I apologise for bursting your bubble so early on, but any similarities between the 1970’s classic - which was renamed Battle Of The Planets for international … Continue reading Gatchaman Crowds

Foxy Festival (Peseutibal)

Foxy Festival (Peseutibal) Korea (2010) Dir. Lee Hae-yeong  This ribald portmanteau comedy from Korea features the residents of a small community all of whom have some kind of sexual hang-up or inhibition they either discover or keep secret from everyone. Macho cop Kwak Jang-bae (Shin Ha-kyun) believes himself to be a real stud but his … Continue reading Foxy Festival (Peseutibal)