Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) Japan (2018) Dir. Takahiro Miki Another live action adaptation of a successful and in this writer’s opinion top shelf anime series, meaning it has a LOT to live up to. But unlike other anime properties, being a slice of life show means it has less visual spectacle to … Continue reading Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

WWE – Trish & Lita: Best Friends, Better Rivals

WWE – Trish & Lita: Best Friends, Better Rivals (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 349 minutes approx. In the days of the WWE “Divas” where the focus was largely on objectifying the women and not treating them more seriously as wrestlers, the tide slowly began to turn due to the … Continue reading WWE – Trish & Lita: Best Friends, Better Rivals

Cold War (Zimna wojna)

Cold War (Zimna wojna) Poland (2018) Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski Shakespeare famously wrote “If music be the food of love, play on" (from Twelfth Night, just in case you ever wondered) but there are times where the lyrics and melody just don’t gel as they should, or maybe the band should stop playing altogether. In 1947, … Continue reading Cold War (Zimna wojna)

The Battleship Island

The Battleship Island (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Precision Pictures) Running Time: 127 minutes approx. “Dirty Koreans. You should be thankful!” A typically blinkered rant from a power crazed Japanese officer in this epic Korean box office hit that ruffled the sensitivities of many right-wing Japanese commentators in depicting another shameful, hitherto covered up … Continue reading The Battleship Island

Sing

Sing US (2016) Dir. Garth Jennings For too long the CGI animation playing field in Hollywood has been dominated by Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks, so joining the race in the outside lane is the comparatively young Illumination Entertainment, the team behind the Despicable Me franchise. Sing is set in a world of anthropomorphic animals, focusing … Continue reading Sing

Do Not Disturb (Une heure de tranquillité)

  Do Not Disturb (Une heure de tranquillité) France (2014) Dir. Patrice Leconte The farce was once a staple of British comedy in films and TV although it remains a consistent property of its original home - the stage. But we are not alone in enjoying this genre as the French also enjoy a manic … Continue reading Do Not Disturb (Une heure de tranquillité)

La La Land

La La Land US (2016) Dir. Damien Chazelle Having birthed a new generation of jazz fans through his impressive debut Whiplash (my top film of 2015) Damien Chazelle continues to espouse his love for jazz, this time within the context of breaking down another “uncool” barrier for modern film fans - the musical. A staple … Continue reading La La Land

Whiplash

Whiplash US (2014) Dir. Damien Chazelle Drummers have long been the butt of all jokes in the music industry (eg: “What do you call someone who hangs around musicians? A drummer”) despite the skill required to be a really good drummer. This derision is often (and unfairly) aimed at rock drummers while Jazz drummers are … Continue reading Whiplash

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot US (1959) Dir. Billy Wilder At the time of writing this - June 22nd 2015 - it is Billy Wilder’s birthday and he would have been 109 years-old. So what better way to celebrate than with a viewing of one of his most popular and enduring films? And before you curse … Continue reading Some Like It Hot

Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita Spain (2010) Dirs. Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal & Tono Errando Hopefully the days of people ignorantly dismissing animation as just for kids are long gone as films made for the adult audience via this medium have proven to be just as rich as if they were live action tales. In the case … Continue reading Chico & Rita