Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) Japan (1992) Dir. Hayao Miyazaki Nope. I’m not going to do it. Yes, this film does involve a pilot who happens to be of the porcine persuasion, but making the obvious joke about it in reference to an old adynaton is far too easy. So it’s not happening, not even … Continue reading Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Across The River (Oltre il guado)

Across The River (Oltre il guado) Italy (2013) Dir. Lorenzo Bianchini “If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise” No teddy bears picnic but slightly more natural animals in their natural habitat - except something rather nasty is slaughtering them in the night. This is the premise for this … Continue reading Across The River (Oltre il guado)

Lost Love aka A Sicilian Dream (Perduto amor)

Lost Love aka A Sicilian Dream (Perduto amor) Italy (2003) Dir. Franco Battiato When films are based on personal experiences and told through that same personal lens, the director often runs the risk of losing his or her audience if they present their story in an arcane manner only they understand. Lost Love is such … Continue reading Lost Love aka A Sicilian Dream (Perduto amor)

The Possessed

The Possessed (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 85 minutes approx. Also known as The Lady Of The Lake (La donna del lago) this debut from Luigi Bazzoni and future producer Franco Rossellini is a straight up mystery thriller yet its startling artistic flair and dizzying presentation affords it the right … Continue reading The Possessed

Dogman

Dogman Italy (2018) Dir. Matteo Garrone We are advised the best way to deal with a bully is to stand up to them; unfortunately, as most of them are as thick as they are vicious, they see retaliation as further cause to torment us. A story like this in film requires sensitivity, but when the … Continue reading Dogman

The Ciambra (A Ciambra)

The Ciambra (A Ciambra) Italy (2017) Dir. Jonas Carpignano Life is about the choices we make, learning from the bad, and building on the foundation of the good. But sometimes the influence of our surroundings and family situation is so overwhelming that we are likely to be destined to follow a path in life that … Continue reading The Ciambra (A Ciambra)

Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! The Movie: Take On Me

Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! The Movie: Take On Me (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 96 minutes approx. The path to true love is never smooth as Yuta Togashi and Rikka Takanashi find out first hand in two TV series and now this feature length outing, but seeing as Chunibyo … Continue reading Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! The Movie: Take On Me

Starcrash

Starcrash US/Italy (1978) Dir. Luigi Cozzi  Sometimes I wonder if instead of lambasting film producers trying to capitalise off the back of the latest blockbuster with a cheap knock-off, we should admire their chutzpah in thinking they could get actually away with it! Otherwise, there wouldn’t be films like Starcrash to leave us aghast at … Continue reading Starcrash

Penguins Of Madagascar

Penguins Of Madagascar US (2014) Dirs. Eric Darnell & Simon J. Smith Always be careful what you wish for. Whenever a supporting character in a film or TV series steals the show, calls for them to have their own spin-off are immediately leapt upon by producers, looking to milk the franchise some more. Not that … Continue reading Penguins Of Madagascar

Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni)

Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) Italy (2016) Dir. Marco Bellocchio I guess I was wrong in thinking that Pedro Almodóvar had the monopoly on films about relationships with mothers (Hitchcock’s Psycho notwithstanding) as this offering from Italy’s Marco Bellocchio illustrates. Unlike Almodóvar’s films, the garish warmth and pro-feminist attack suffused within are replaced by a … Continue reading Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni)