Anime Review – Is The Order A Rabbit? Season 2 Collection

Is The Order A Rabbit? Season 2 Collection (Cert 12) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 294 minutes approx. Release Date: October 11th When I reviewed the first season of Is The Order A Rabbit? I wasn’t overly impressed with it yet felt a little guilty for scoring what is such an inoffensive show … Continue reading Anime Review – Is The Order A Rabbit? Season 2 Collection

Innocent Witness (Jeungin)

Innocent Witness (Jeungin) Korea (2019) Dir. Lee Han “If only she weren’t Autistic” A line actually spoken in a film apparently designed to help broaden our understanding and knowledge of Autism. Thankfully, this is repudiated by the mother of the autistic girl in question, proclaiming she had never once thought that herself, otherwise it wouldn’t … Continue reading Innocent Witness (Jeungin)

Pili

Pili UK/Tanzania (2017) Dir. Leanne Welham The term “First world problems” is thrown about a lot as an ironic admission of our inherent comfort compared others living under less fortunate circumstances. Yet, how much do we know the struggles in third world countries, where even the smallest things we take for granted are out of … Continue reading Pili

Les Misérables

Les Misérables France (2019) Dir. Ladj Ly No matter where, if it is a predominantly white country there will always be racism and unrest with the black communities, a sad truth which was exposed to horrific levels over the past twelve months in the US and later on a wider scale. This French set entry … Continue reading Les Misérables

The Taste Of Tea (Cha no aji)

The Taste Of Tea (Cha no aji) Japan (2004) Dir. Katsuhito Ishii Life in rural Japan would, one might imagine, to be a laid-back existence where the days are lazy, the nights serene, and problems are something other people have. If A Taste Of Tea was an Ozu or Yoji Yamada film then that might … Continue reading The Taste Of Tea (Cha no aji)

Small Axe

Small Axe UK (2020) Dir. Steve McQueen In 2010, British director Steve McQueen had the idea of making a TV series for the BBC about the lives of black people in Britain, but after he started writing, McQueen realised he had enough material to tell individual stories instead. The result is Small Axe, five feature … Continue reading Small Axe

Someone, Somewhere (Deux moi)

Someone, Somewhere (Deux moi) France (2019) Dir. Cédric Klapisch So near yet so far. It is amazing what we look for in life might be right under our noses but for whatever reason we are unable to see it. Be it circumstances or fate, we carry on looking far and wide for a solution to … Continue reading Someone, Somewhere (Deux moi)

Another Round (Druk)

Another Round (Druk) Denmark (2020) Dir. Thomas Vinterberg There is an episode of The Simpsons where, after prohibition is enforced on Springfield then eventually revoked, Homer celebrates with the toast "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems". It may have been said in jest, but is an aphorism that is … Continue reading Another Round (Druk)

The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja)

The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja) Korea (2020) Dir. Hong Sang-soo Spoiler: there are no running women in this film, but they do talk a lot; and eat a lot too, but mostly talk. It’s a Hong Sang-soo film, what do you expect? Anyway, the more pressing question is what exactly is the woman is … Continue reading The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja)

Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai)

Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai) Japan (2012) Dir. Yoshitaka Mori There are leaders and followers in this world, and sometimes seniority dictates which of these roles we are to assume, specifically in the case of family. Almost by definition, the first-born is expected to achieve things before their younger siblings do, but since life is unpredictable, … Continue reading Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai)