The Favourite

The Favourite (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) Running Time: 120 minutes approx. Release Date – May 13th If you’re going to do a modern update of All About Eve then you might as well set it in 18th century England if that makes sense. If it does, you’ve clearly … Continue reading The Favourite

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Tremble All You Want (Katte ni furuetero)

Tremble All You Want (Katte ni furuetero) Japan (2017) Dir. Akiko Ohku It is said that you never forget your first love (I wouldn’t know but that is what is said) but there is a difference between not forgetting them and clinging on to the futile hope that they will one day reciprocate and make … Continue reading Tremble All You Want (Katte ni furuetero)

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

Student A (Yeojungsaeng A)

Student A (Yeojungsaeng A) Korea (2018) Dir. Lee Kyung-Sub School life isn’t easy, especially during the awkward phase of puberty every child goes through, that often tumultuous period of physical change and confusion. Unfortunately, some kids develop unpleasant personalities, believing they have the right to make the lives of others a misery. But whom can … Continue reading Student A (Yeojungsaeng A)

Fireworks (Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?)

Fireworks (Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?) Japan (2017) Dirs. Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi How many chances do we need to get something right? Or should we just let fate be and take whatever hand it deals us regardless of how painful or problematic the outcome may be? Amazingly, I … Continue reading Fireworks (Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?)

The King And The Mockingbird (Le Roi et l’Oiseau)

The King And The Mockingbird (Le Roi et l'Oiseau) France (1980) Dir. Paul Grimault French animation is a bit of a niche product internationally, so it is a surprise to learn that one of the biggest influences on Japanese legend Hayao Miyazaki is French animator Paul Grimault. One of the most important figures in French … Continue reading The King And The Mockingbird (Le Roi et l’Oiseau)

Lu Over The Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta)

Lu Over The Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) Japan (2017) Dir. Masaaki Yuasa I suppose if you’re going to riff on someone else’s work you may as well copy the best, which Masaaki Yuasa has done in aping Miyazaki’s Ponyo for Lu Over The Wall but has put his unique spin on it that … Continue reading Lu Over The Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta)