In Her Hands (Au bout des doigts)

In Her Hands (Au bout des doigts) France (2018) Dir. Ludovic Bernard Musical ability is something many of us envy in others. Some are able to write a good tune, or fire off a memorable riff on the guitar, some have a innate gift to interpret the works of esteemed composers and make it their … Continue reading In Her Hands (Au bout des doigts)

Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai)

Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai) Japan (1964) Dir. Hideo Gosha For many, Samurai are seen as mighty warriors, demons with the sword usually found under the employ of a powerful warlord or dignitary. But there are also ronin, wandering samurai with no master to control them, roaming from town to town looking for a … Continue reading Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai)

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories UK (2017) Dirs. Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman “We have to be so very careful what we believe in” A maxim we should all heed but likely, we never will. And as the film’s title suggests, this isn’t about religion though it does play a small part in the cynicism of the main … Continue reading Ghost Stories

The Perfect Candidate

The Perfect Candidate Saudi Arabia (2019) Dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour Women in the Middle East have few freedoms as we know, but one of the worst things to hinder them is a lack of voice. It would take a very brave woman to stand up and want to be counted among her male peers to represent … Continue reading The Perfect Candidate

Taste Of Cherry (Ta’m e guilass)

Taste Of Cherry (Ta'm e guilass) Iran (1997) Dir. Abbas Kiarostami We all have our reasons for doing something drastic, even if others disagree with them, or more to the point fail to understand. They can’t possibly know what is going on in our heads to see it makes sense to us, but on the … Continue reading Taste Of Cherry (Ta’m e guilass)

Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) Japan (2018) Dir. Takahiro Miki Another live action adaptation of a successful and in this writer’s opinion top shelf anime series, meaning it has a LOT to live up to. But unlike other anime properties, being a slice of life show means it has less visual spectacle to … Continue reading Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Gully Boy

Gully Boy India (2019) Dir. Zoya Akhtar It shouldn’t matter where you come from, if you have a dream there is no reason why you shouldn’t try to make it happen. Sadly, instead of encouragement, parents in some cultures feel settling for the status quo should be their children’s fate just because it was theirs. … Continue reading Gully Boy

Happy Old Year

Happy Old Year Thailand (2019) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Out of sight, out of mind. If something is likely to dredge up ill-feelings or bad memories then the best solution is to get rid of it, and fill that space with positive vibes. But, letting go isn’t always so easy and maybe these things have significance … Continue reading Happy Old Year

Paradise Now

Paradise Now Palestine (2005) Dir. Hany Abu-Assad In my review of the film Hanagatami I discussed how director Nobuhiko Obayashi made it whilst living with a diagnosis of terminal cancer, and how surreal it must be knowing death is imminent. In a twist on that premise, what must a suicide bomber be thinking knowing their … Continue reading Paradise Now

O Maidens In Your Savage Season Collection

O Maidens In Your Savage Season Collection (Cert 18) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 303 minutes approx. Release Date: September 28th    “Girls think about sex too!” After years of slice-of-life anime series convincing us that all Japanese high school girls are chaste, virtuous and largely asexual, it seems the current trend is … Continue reading O Maidens In Your Savage Season Collection