The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)

The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci) Turkey (2018) Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan It’s funny how young people always think they know it all, especially the precocious ones who read a few highbrow books and suddenly believe their take on the world is the only “right” one and everyone else is an ignoramus living in the … Continue reading The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)

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Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Thailand (2013) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit When The Emoji Movie arrived in 2017, aside from being met by universal hostility, it was seen as a lament for modern cinema finding its inspiration in social media. Yet, this Thai black comedy drama got there first by building a story around a … Continue reading Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2

My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 (Episodes 26-38)(Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Sony Pictures) Running time: 308 minutes approx. We waste little time resuming the action in the second half of the second season of My Hero Academia despite the toll the Sports Festival took on the students of the U.A. High School … Continue reading My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2

Someone (Nanimono)

Someone (Nanimono) Japan (2016) Dir. Daisuke Miura For all their idiosyncrasies there is no denying the Japanese are an industrious lot; their indomitable work ethic is legendary. But it has also given rise to an unfortunate and avoidable modern phenomenon “death by overwork”. Quite why anyone would willingly slog their guts out for a spot … Continue reading Someone (Nanimono)

Corridor (Isolerad)

Corridor (Isolerad) Sweden (2010) Dirs. Johan Lundborg & Johan Storm Pressure is a terribly divisive thing. Some thrive on it while others crumble under it and the effect it can have on our nerves and mindset is frightening when it gets all too much becomes palpable. But if there is some fire connected to the … Continue reading Corridor (Isolerad)

Graduation (Bacalaureat)

Graduation (Bacalaureat)   Romania (2016) Dir. Cristian Mungiu Parents will do anything for their children. That is a given. But how much is too much? And who ultimately suffers if it gets out of hand - themselves or their children? Romania’s top social chronicler Cristian Mungiu returns with another sharply observed essay, wrapped around a slow … Continue reading Graduation (Bacalaureat)

Owarimonogatari Part 1

Owarimonogatari Part 1 (Episode 1-7) (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD / Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 168 minutes approx. There are many reasons I personally dread the release of another instalment of the Monogatari saga, not limited to the probability I won’t enjoy or understand it. Having to compose another 1000 word review explaining why I … Continue reading Owarimonogatari Part 1