Hanagatami Japan (2017) Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi Very few people get to learn when their time is up, so they can prepare for taking the necessary steps for their final hurrah. Surreal Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi was someone afforded this privilege, so he decided his swan song would be to make the film he had wanted … Continue reading Hanagatami

Sunkist Family (Sseonkiseu Paemirri)

Sunkist Family (Sseonkiseu Paemirri) Korea (2019) Dir. Kim Ji-Hye Ask anybody for the secrets of successful marriage and the answer will vary, but one constant - which is probably also applicable for many relationships - is of course the physical aspect. However, it is this that can also ruin a marriage, especially if one - … Continue reading Sunkist Family (Sseonkiseu Paemirri)

The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling)

The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling) Hong Kong (1968) Dir. Yueh Feng The bells of St Clements might have said oranges and lemons but the bells in this Shaw Brothers revenge movie only signal impending death. By the time our protagonist is done with his targets, citrus fruits will be the last thing on … Continue reading The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling)

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit US/New Zealand (2019) Dir. Taika Waititi Back in the 1940s, especially in Britain, comedies about Hitler and the war were quite common, designed to lift the spirits of the nation as plucky British soldiers gave the Hun what for. Since then, satirising this period of history has waned drastically - until now… During … Continue reading Jojo Rabbit

Beanpole (Dylda)

Beanpole (Dylda) Russia (2019) Dir. Kantemir Balagov War causes many losses both on and off the battlefield, but the sacrifices don’t end once the military conflict ceases. Reintegrating into a society rebuilding itself presents another set of struggles for those dealing with the aftermath of their experiences. In a Leningrad hospital in 1945, shortly after … Continue reading Beanpole (Dylda)

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 13 minutes approx. Release Date – September 21st One of the most enduring and iconic images in cinema history adorns the front cover of this Blu-ray release of one of the most famous and influential films of all … Continue reading George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

Always (O-jik geu-dae-man)

Always (O-jik geu-dae-man) Korean (2011) Dir. Song Il-gon It’s been said by those who know that you can find love when you least expect it or are not specifically looking for it - that is if you can see it coming. Not everybody has that specific ability however but that won’t stop love from finding … Continue reading Always (O-jik geu-dae-man)

15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot)

15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot) Thailand (2017) Dirs. Napat Jidwerapat & Artwanun Klinaiem “Life doesn’t begin at a certain age. It begins whenever you realise it.” A profound yet somewhat askew pearl of wisdom that has the misfortune of appearing in a film that sets the #MeToo movement back a couple of decades, … Continue reading 15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot)

Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron)

Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron) Japan (1969) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa If you are going to plan to take over another planet and insist on taking children hostage, you shouldn’t get upset if you incur the wrath of a giant flying turtle who has taken it upon himself to protect children and the earth. … Continue reading Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron)

Gamera vs. Viras (Gamera tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu)

Gamera vs. Viras (Gamera tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu) Japan (1968) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa There’s something strange in earth’s atmosphere, so who you gonna call? Gamera, of course! Who did you think I’d say? An alien race known as the Viras are looking for a new planet to live on, and the earth is the only … Continue reading Gamera vs. Viras (Gamera tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu)