Café Funiculi Funicula aka Before The Coffee Gets Cold (Kohi ga Samenai Uchi Ni)

Café Funiculi Funicula aka Before The Coffee Gets Cold (Kohi ga Samenai Uchi Ni) Japan (2018) Dir. Ayuko Tsukahara If you could go back in time to a specific point in your life, even with the understanding that it can’t change the future, what date would you choose and what would you want to achieve … Continue reading Café Funiculi Funicula aka Before The Coffee Gets Cold (Kohi ga Samenai Uchi Ni)

Radiance (Hikari)

Radiance (Hikari) Japan (2017) Dir. Naomi Kawase Is it possible to have a connection with something you can’t see? Sure, that might describe religion in a nutshell but I’m referring to something we know is actually there but we are unable to see it through impairment. Similarly, there is a tacit psychological application to this, … Continue reading Radiance (Hikari)

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

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

Kissing You (aka Kiss Me!) (Embrasse-moi)

Kissing You (aka Kiss Me!) (Embrasse-moi) France (2017) Dir. Océane Michel Regular readers of this site (both of you) will know I have zero knowledge of this thing called “love” so I rely on films for my understanding of the business of relationships. One recurring theme is the concept of “the one” - that special … Continue reading Kissing You (aka Kiss Me!) (Embrasse-moi)

Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire)

Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire) France/Japan (2016) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Leave it to Kiyoshi Kurosawa to be different. While other Asian or non-English speaking directors seek the glamour and big budgets of Hollywood to ply the trade beyond their home markets, Japan’s top psychological horror auteur chose France for his overseas cinematic … Continue reading Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire)

Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû)

Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû) Japan (1970) Dir. Ishiro Honda Where is Sir David Attenborough when you need him? He’d be a much greater help to the protagonists of this later entry from the classic era of Kaiju movies from Japan than the so-called expert assigned to the role here. What … Continue reading Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû)

Torso (Toruso)

Torso (Toruso) Japan (2009) Dir. Yutaka Yamazaki People. Who needs them? I suppose we all do really but then again some of us are more content living a life of isolation, on our own terms, without having to conform to what others do or think about us. As far as office worker Hiroko (Makiko Watanabe) … Continue reading Torso (Toruso)

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island (Cert 12A) US (2017) Dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts It seems you can’t keep a good ape down. Having first appeared in 1933, the brainchild of Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace has since spawned a son, a distant cousin, a Japanese cousin, a Japanese mecha-cousin, a cartoon version and two remakes and a … Continue reading Kong: Skull Island

Photo Kano Complete Collection

Photo Kano Complete Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 306 minutes approx. Anime knows how to corrupt young minds especially when it comes to teen romance, proffering a number of unique and improbable ways for awkward young men to win the girl of their dreams. Photo Kano posits the … Continue reading Photo Kano Complete Collection