Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps)

Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps) France (1982) Dir. René Laloux Having made the classic animation Fantastic Planet from a novel by French sci-fi author Stefan Wul, unhurried French director René Laloux’s follow up (nine years later) was another Wul adaptation, this time turning his 1958 work L'Orphelin de Perdide into Time Masters. A six-wheeled … Continue reading Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps)

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková) Czechoslovakia (1985) Dir. Jirí Menzel It’s fair to say that the humour of central European countries is rather esoteric and very much an acquired taste to the point of being mostly arcane for the rest of us. Topping that list must be Czechoslovakia aka Czech Republic, noted for … Continue reading My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1

My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 (Episodes 39-50)(Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 286 minutes approx. It’s back to school for season 3 of My Hero Academia but as we know, the U.A. High School for Heroes is no ordinary place of education. It nurtures the next generation of super-powered … Continue reading My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1

The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

The Guardians (Les gardiennes) France (2017) Dir. Xavier Beauvois Stories from World War I continue to appear, adding new perspectives to improve our understanding of what life was like during this period, even when fictionalised. One area seldom explored is the women left to run the home whilst the men were fighting in the trenches, … Continue reading The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

UQ Holder – Complete Collection

UQ Holder – Complete Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 368 minutes approx. Ken Akamatsu is synonymous with the harem comedy, having given us the seminal Love Hina and the rather preposterous Negima! Magister Negi Magi, about a ten year-old wizard from Wales serving as a teacher to a class of … Continue reading UQ Holder – Complete Collection

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!

Made In Abyss Complete Season 1

Made In Abyss Complete Season 1 (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 345 minutes approx. All kids love an adventure but sometimes they can bite of more than they can chew. The motive for undertaking a dangerous mission might be noble and deeply personal but is stubbornness and determination a good enough … Continue reading Made In Abyss Complete Season 1

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1 (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 15) 4 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 290 minutes approx Judging by this first instalment of this dark fantasy series, the title The Ancient Magus’ Bride feels a little misleading as no marriage has taken place yet; scratch that, there hasn’t even been … Continue reading The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) Spain (2017) Dir. Carla Simón It’s hard to fit in, especially when you are a young child and your whole world has been flipped upside down by a personal tragedy that you don’t yet understand. Maybe you don’t mean to react the way you do to certain situations and people but … Continue reading Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

Orphan

Orphan US (2009) Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra Sugar, spice, and all things nice. That’s what little girls are made of according to the popular adage - that and hatred, spite, a violent streak, murderous intent and ruthless manipulation skills. Funny how you don’t see those attributes mentioned when couples are keen to adopt a child…. The … Continue reading Orphan