Black Clover Season 1 Part 2

Black Clover Season 1 Part 2 (Episodes 11-19) (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 215 minutes approx. You’ll have to cast your mind all the way back to last August for when the first volume of the latest shonen adventure show Black Clover hit these shores. It’s been a bit of … Continue reading Black Clover Season 1 Part 2

Familyhood (Gutbai singgeul)

Familyhood (Gutbai singgeul) Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Tae-Gon There is a common misconception that fame and fortune equates to having everything in life, including love and happiness. But showbiz being the fickle industry it is this isn’t as guaranteed as the myth propagated in the gossip pages of the toadying media. Ko Joo-yeon (Kim Hye-soo) … Continue reading Familyhood (Gutbai singgeul)

The White Knights (Les chevaliers blancs)

The White Knights (Les chevaliers blancs) France/Belgium (2015) Dir. Joachim Lafosse  Is there a fine line between charity and subterfuge, where doing something that benefits two parties is a case of the ends justifying the means? If the ultimate objective is to provide mutual happiness is muddying the facts that serious a crime? Joachim Lafosse’s … Continue reading The White Knights (Les chevaliers blancs)

Through The Shadow (Através da Sombra)

Through The Shadow (Através da Sombra) Brazil (2015) Dir. Walter Lima Jr  Kids eh? Who’d have them? But as we have seen with the likes of Mary Poppins, a good, kind soul can get through to them and bring about the transformation from spoiled brats to ideal little cherubs. However, if it is likely the … Continue reading Through The Shadow (Através da Sombra)

Black Clover Season 1 Part 1

Black Clover Season 1 Part 1 (Episodes 1-10) (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Sony Pictures) Running time: 239 minutes approx.  I wonder how many anime and manga fans watched their favourite shows or read their favourite strips, thought to themselves “I could do that” then went ahead and created their own story, blissfully unaware … Continue reading Black Clover Season 1 Part 1

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette) Switzerland/France (2016) Dir. Claude Barras Aside from the surreal French/Belgian A Town Called Panic and some segments in The ABCs Of Death horror anthologies, I can’t recall seeing a stop-motion animation film that covers adult issues in such an unapologetically frank manner. This doesn’t exclude younger … Continue reading My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

Sparrows

Sparrows US (1926) Dirs. William Beaudine & Tom McNamara It’s long overdue but I’ve finally broken my Mary Pickford cherry. The First Lady Of US Cinema’s vast catalogue of films, mostly shorts, either no longer exist or are sadly unavailable here in Old Blighty but thanks to a free film app I found on my … Continue reading Sparrows

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Korea (2016) Dir. Park Chan-Wook Following a stint in Hollywood that yielded 2013’s Stoker, Park Chan-Wook is back on native turf and while the US idea of aesthetic grandeur has rubbed off on him The Handmaiden is just as subversive as Park’s previous Korean work. Relocating the Victorian England setting of Sarah … Continue reading The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)

11 Eyes Collection

11 Eyes Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 336 minutes approx. Why an odd number of eyes you might ask? Perhaps it is because the main protagonist wears an eye-patch over his right eye, and he is surrounded by five friends with perfect vision; yet the covered eye is fully functioning and … Continue reading 11 Eyes Collection

Karneval Complete Series Collection

Karneval Complete Series Collection 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 308 minutes approx. If you should never judge a book by its cover then this age old maxim should also apply to anime DVDs too. In fact it can be extended to include the first episode of this series since the disparity between what … Continue reading Karneval Complete Series Collection