Anime Review – Human Lost

Human Lost (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 109 minutes approx. Release Date: February 25th “For humans to be humans we need death” Strap yourselves in folks as we have another distinctly Japanese take on the existential dichotomy of humanity vs. technology - i.e. a convoluted sci-fi yarn set in a … Continue reading Anime Review – Human Lost

Anime Review – Hello World

Hello World Japan (2019) Dir. Tomohiko Ito We would all like to go back in time and change something in our pasts but we can’t, and even if we could, there are infinite possibilities to the scope of irreparable damage this could cause for us personally and the world around us. Yet, we never learn. … Continue reading Anime Review – Hello World

Movie Review – Robot Monster

Robot Monster US (1953) Dir. Phil Tucker You’ve heard the expression “so bad it’s good”. Well, it doesn’t always work out that way and some things just can’t erase the negative stigma surrounding them. Films are a prime example of this, with many celluloid efforts bestowed a reputation for being god awful deserving of their … Continue reading Movie Review – Robot Monster

Anime Review – ID: Invaded

ID: Invaded (Cert 18) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 323 minutes approx. Per Wikipedia: “The Id is the instinctual component of personality that is present at birth, and is the source of bodily needs and wants, emotional impulses and desires, especially aggression” In the future, the Mizuhanome System has been developed which … Continue reading Anime Review – ID: Invaded

I Am REN (Jestem REN)

I Am REN (Jestem REN) Poland (2020) Dir. Piotr Ryczko  Not everyone is directly responsible for their actions. Mental illness has a habit of making us behave against character, the struggle extending beyond us to our families too. Pin pointing the exact root of the problem isn’t always easy - trauma can lead to loss … Continue reading I Am REN (Jestem REN)

Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu)

Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu) Japan (1967) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Despite the second Gamera film Gamera vs. Barugon failing to replicate the success of the first film, Daiei Studio continued with the franchise undeterred. Combining the child-friendly appeal of the debut and the more serious storyline of the second, the formula that … Continue reading Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu)

Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon)

Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon) Japan (1966) Dir. Shigeo Tanaka Following the success of the first Gamera film Daiei Studio president Masaichi Nagata immediately ordered a second, with an increased budget and an epic story to match. The result is the most Godzilla-like entry of the series. Set six months after the … Continue reading Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon)

Warning From Space

Warning From Space (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 87 minutes approx. One of the things scientists and astronomers hope for in discovering extraterrestrial life is learning from them. If they have conquered space travel chances are they have seen more than we have and might be able to offer answers … Continue reading Warning From Space

Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera)

Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera) Japan (1980) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Desperate times call for desperate measures. Daiei Film studios went bankrupt in 1971 but managed to be revived again in 1974 as producers only. By 1980, they were in dire straits again and felt the only way to turn their fortunes around was to … Continue reading Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera)

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 13 minutes approx. One of the most enduring and iconic images in cinema history adorns the front cover of this Blu-ray release of one of the most famous and influential films of all time, and even if you … Continue reading George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon