Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

Blue Spring (Aoi haru) Japan (2001) Dir. Toshiaki Toyoda School was hard, at least for me - bullied, unable to keep up with others - but if this film is any indication, and I hope it isn’t, I got off very lightly compared to the sheer horror on display here courtesy of a group of … Continue reading Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

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Kes

Kes UK (1969) Dir. Ken Loach Neo Realism is usually associated with Italian cinema and the works of Vittori De Sica et al, but that doesn’t mean other countries haven’t made a significant contribution to this simple but affecting milieu. There is something about working class Britain that lends itself to this subgenre of cinema … Continue reading Kes

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

Kinmoza Complete Collection

Kinmoza Complete Collection (Cert 12) 3 Discs DVD/ 1 Disc Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 304 minutes approx.   If there is one unifying trend among anime fans it would almost assuredly be the desire to one day visit Japan. Some of us have achieved this, many of us haven’t but what is it really like … Continue reading Kinmoza Complete Collection

Peppermint Soda

Peppermint Soda (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: BFI) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. If there is one thing that is universal it is our experiences at school. Whether you loved it or hated it, everyone can relate to the trials and tribulations of being in education. Yet it is a little peculiar that … Continue reading Peppermint Soda

The Case Of Hana & Alice

The Case Of Hana & Alice  (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: All The Anime) Running time: 99 minutes approx. Unless anyone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of anime can suggest otherwise, I believe a precedent may have been set with this film by being an animated prequel to a live action Japanese film, 2004’s Hana & … Continue reading The Case Of Hana & Alice

Sing Street

Sing Street Ireland (2016) Dir. John Carney Is it possible to discuss Sing Street without making any comparisons to 1991’s classic The Commitments? To wit: both are set in Dublin, both are about playing music to escape one’s woes, and both very funny, evocative yarns. The older film is much grittier but the passion is … Continue reading Sing Street