Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

Blue Spring (Aoi haru) Japan (2001) Dir. Toshiaki Toyoda School was hard, at least for me - bullied, unable to keep up with others - but if this film is any indication, and I hope it isn’t, I got off very lightly compared to the sheer horror on display here courtesy of a group of … Continue reading Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

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Shazam!

Shazam! (Cert 12A) US (2019) Dir. David F. Sandberg As I stated in my review of Captain Marvel, the superhero I and other old gits knew with that moniker was not an amnesiac woman turned alien, but the creation of Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Publications in 1939, whose comic book adventures … Continue reading Shazam!

Scum’s Wish Collection

Scum’s Wish Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 293 minutes approx. Release Date: March 11th   Love or lust - there a difference? Ordinarily the answer would be “yes” be we humans are curious beast and often tend to get things like this easily mixed up. At what point, do we … Continue reading Scum’s Wish Collection

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

Armed Girl’s Machiavellism

Armed Girl’s Machiavellism (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 321 minutes approx. For some teenage boys, being sent to an all girls’ school would probably be his every (wet) dream come true and with anime being what it is, you know exactly the sort of girls that would be in attendance. But … Continue reading Armed Girl’s Machiavellism

Flavours Of Youth (Si shi qing chun/Shikioriori)

Flavours Of Youth (Si shi qing chun/Shikioriori) China/Japan (2018) Dirs. Li Haoling, Jiaoshou Yi Xiaoxing & Yoshitaka Takeuchi  I suppose we should blame Proust. If it wasn’t for the seminal Madeline cake chapter in his classic masterwork À la recherché du temps perdu the idea of food or other everyday objects being stirring mnemonics to … Continue reading Flavours Of Youth (Si shi qing chun/Shikioriori)

Bleach

Bleach Japan (2018) Dir. Shinsuke Sato  I apologise for the ensuing fan boy ramblings you are about to read, but Bleach is one of my favourite ever anime series, making it very difficult to appraise this live action adaptation without regular comparisons to the expected differences and liberties taken during the transition between the two … Continue reading Bleach