Youth (Fang hua)

Youth (Fang hua) China (2017) Dir. Feng Xiaogang  Communism is a great idea in theory but not in practice, yet countries like China still implemented its model. Here in the west we probably can’t understand what it must like be growing up under such a regime - Youth, the latest blockbuster from Feng Xiaogang, is … Continue reading Youth (Fang hua)

Lu Over The Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta)

Lu Over The Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) Japan (2017) Dir. Masaaki Yuasa I suppose if you’re going to riff on someone else’s work you may as well copy the best, which Masaaki Yuasa has done in aping Miyazaki’s Ponyo for Lu Over The Wall but has put his unique spin on it that … Continue reading Lu Over The Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta)

Hot For Teacher aka Who Slept With Her? (Nuga geunyeo-wa jasseulkka?)

Hot For Teacher aka Who Slept With Her? (Nuga geunyeo-wa jasseulkka?) Korea (2006) Dir. Kim Yoo-Sung Appropriating the title of a classic Van Halen hit for its international release was probably a smart move in making this Korean school based comedy sound a lot less prurient, not to mention cumbersome in its transparency. Neither title … Continue reading Hot For Teacher aka Who Slept With Her? (Nuga geunyeo-wa jasseulkka?)

Blue Eyelids (Párpados azules)

Blue Eyelids (Párpados azules) Mexico (2007) Dir. Ernesto Contreras It’s handy when things come in pairs, like socks, shoes, trousers and the like, but there are occasions when having two of something can be an inconvenience. If you are a lonely singleton like me then getting a prize intended for two people is a like … Continue reading Blue Eyelids (Párpados azules)

One Kiss (Un bacio)

One Kiss (Un bacio) Italy (2016) Dir. Ivan Cotroneo Being different means you are always going to find it hard to find in with conventional society, especially school. So, perhaps the best way to beat the bullies and those who ostracise you is to embrace your individuality to the hilt? This is the MO of … Continue reading One Kiss (Un bacio)

Stage Door

Stage Door US (1937) Dir. Gregory La Cava The whims and machinations of the stage impresario are rich fodder for exploitation by writers with a keen eye for a scathing drama. Based very loosely on the stage play of the same name by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, this is a proto-feminist tale of … Continue reading Stage Door


Varieté (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 95 minutes approx. There is a very good reason why many German films rank highly in critics and fans “Best Ever” lists concerning Silent cinema - their innovation. It might be a small thing or a one off shot but you … Continue reading Varieté

La La Land

La La Land US (2016) Dir. Damien Chazelle Having birthed a new generation of jazz fans through his impressive debut Whiplash (my top film of 2015) Damien Chazelle continues to espouse his love for jazz, this time within the context of breaking down another “uncool” barrier for modern film fans - the musical. A staple … Continue reading La La Land

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series (Cert U) 2 Disc Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 310 minutes approx. Spare a thought for anime reviewers like yours truly for when a show comes along that is so generic and clichéd, the reader will divine every aspect of it from the central plot premise without having to … Continue reading HaNaYaMaTa Complete Series

Exit (Hui guang zoumingqu)

Exit (Hui guang zoumingqu) Taiwan (2014) Dir. Chienn Hsiang In the wake of the film industry in Mainland China opening its doors to wider avenues, there has been concern of a decline in the output of Taiwanese cinema, but with the current success of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin and Exit, the directorial debut from renowned … Continue reading Exit (Hui guang zoumingqu)