Moonlight US (2016) Dir. Barry Jenkins There were shocks all round at the Oscars earlier this year when this low budget drama pipped the bookies’ favourite La La Land to the Best Film Oscar - not in the least when a mistake with the envelopes saw the latter film incorrectly announced as the winner first! … Continue reading Moonlight


Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q)

Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q) Japan (2001) Dir. Takashi Miike When one thinks of dysfunctional families usually cartoon broods like The Simpsons or The Griffins are nominated. But the Yamazaki family in this film from Japanese provocateur Takashi Miike don’t just take the biscuit, they snatch the whole pack, gorge it down in one go then … Continue reading Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q)


Madeinusa Peru/Spain (2006) Dir. Claudia Llosa Every country has its own way of celebrating religious holidays. Here in the UK, we celebrate Easter by eating chocolate eggs; in this abstract movie from Peru, the denizens of a remote village spend Easter weekend indulging in sinful behaviour. I wonder which sounds the most fun? In the … Continue reading Madeinusa

Rage (Ikari)

Rage (Ikari) Japan (2016) Dir. Lee Sang-il Trust. It is not any easily relinquished commodity when meeting people in person for the first time yet we think nothing of embracing strangers online, maybe because we can’t them from behind the computer screen. But what if the real life person has an ominous cloud of doubt … Continue reading Rage (Ikari)

The Magnificent Ambersons

The Magnificent Ambersons US (1942) Dir. Orson Welles Having wowed everyone (except the paying punters) with his debut film, a little flick you might have heard of called Citizen Kane, Orson Welles felt he could do better with this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Booth Tarkington. And he may well have … Continue reading The Magnificent Ambersons


Elle (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Lionsgate) Running time: 131 minutes approx. Some film directors have reputations that precede them and when you learn that they are tackling a certain subject, alarm bells start to ring - like Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven subversive psychological character study is based on Philippe Djian’s novel Oh... looking at … Continue reading Elle

Daughter Of The Nile

Daughter Of The Nile (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 93 minutes approx. One of the problems with being a film buff is that you often come across films lauded by many that you can’t get to grips with and are left wondering what it is you are missing. Thanks to … Continue reading Daughter Of The Nile