Movie Review – Bori

Bori Korea (2018) Dir. Kim Jin-yu Feeling on the outside of your family is something many of us experience at least once in our lives, usually because of our own teenage stroppiness rebelling against the guidance of our parents. Sometimes, circumstances might be different and feelings of exclusion are nobody’s fault. Eleven year-old Na Bo-ri … Continue reading Movie Review – Bori

The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker US (1962) Dir. Arthur Penn We are incredibly fortunate to live in these current times where our understanding of impairments and other health issues is far greater now than it ever was, allowing those affected to still live full lives and get the necessary help to do so. In the 19th century … Continue reading The Miracle Worker

Orphan

Orphan US (2009) Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra Sugar, spice, and all things nice. That’s what little girls are made of according to the popular adage - that and hatred, spite, a violent streak, murderous intent and ruthless manipulation skills. Funny how you don’t see those attributes mentioned when couples are keen to adopt a child…. The … Continue reading Orphan

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place US (2018) Dir. John Krasinski  One of the ways actors trip up when making films, TV show or performing in stage plays is forgetting their lines, especially if the script is a lengthy and garrulous affair. You can probably imagine the joy the cast of this tense horror/sci-fi outing felt when they … Continue reading A Quiet Place

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: All The Anime) Running time: 130 minutes approx. Kyoto Animation - KyoAni for short - are largely known for their endearing TV anime shows, occasionally venturing across to the big screen with spin-offs from their TV output. A Silent Voice marks KyoAni’s first theatrical outing unrelated … Continue reading A Silent Voice

A Scene At The Sea (Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi)

A Scene At The Sea (Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi) Japan (1991) Dir. Takeshi Kitano “Beat” Takeshi Kitano’s first two films as director, Violent Cop and Boiling Point, are, as the titles suggest, gritty dramas with a strong Yakuza presence in the plots, not surprisingly involving scenes of bloodshed. So, it comes as quite a … Continue reading A Scene At The Sea (Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi)

Like For Likes (Joa-haejo)

Like For Likes (Joa-haejo) Korea (2016) Dir. Park Hyun-Jin If romantic comedies ever had a handicap working against them it is that the genre is notoriously difficult to be completely original and, most importantly, unpredictable in. As much as I can’t stand the insipid Love Actually, Richard Curtis did at least try a few different … Continue reading Like For Likes (Joa-haejo)

Sad Movie (Saedeu mubi)

Sad Movie (Saedeu mubi) Korea (2005) Dir. Kwon Jong-kwan If only all films were this honest and direct with their titles. Can you imagine how many hours of our lives we could have saved if films were called “Predictable Soppy Romance”, “Overlong Pretentious Guff” or “Michael Bay’s Latest”? Delivering exactly what it says on the … Continue reading Sad Movie (Saedeu mubi)

La Famille Bélier

La Famille Bélier France (2014) Dir. Eric Lartigau Anyone who wins The Voice in the UK disappears without a trace from the public eye literally seconds after the show ceases transmitting. In France making it to the semi-final actually earns offers of film acting roles which then makes you a star overnight with earns you … Continue reading La Famille Bélier

The Tribe (Plemya)

The Tribe (Plemya) Ukraine (2014) Dir. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky A familiar story can be told in many ways but sometimes it can take just that one particular little twist to make the experience feel unique and completely original. This is the case with Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s feature length debut, a brave film that barely accommodates the audience … Continue reading The Tribe (Plemya)