15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot)

15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot) Thailand (2017) Dirs. Napat Jidwerapat & Artwanun Klinaiem “Life doesn’t begin at a certain age. It begins whenever you realise it.” A profound yet somewhat askew pearl of wisdom that has the misfortune of appearing in a film that sets the #MeToo movement back a couple of decades, … Continue reading 15+ Coming Of Age (15+ IQ Krachoot)

Darling In The FranXX Part 1

Darling In The FranXX Part 1 (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 290 minutes approx       A post-apocalyptic world is under threat from invading aliens and the only line of defence is a fleet of Mecha piloted by a group of plucky teens. And the opening credits of this … Continue reading Darling In The FranXX Part 1

Jaws 2

Jaws 2 US (1978) Dir. Jeannot Szwarc  Sequels. Do we really need them? If there is a story to continue or maybe the characters are part of a universe that can be expanded upon with new adventures then why not? But if this is purely because a film was a hit and therefore money can … Continue reading Jaws 2

Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 127 minutes approx. Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda seems to have found tremendous capital of late in relating stories dealing with divided families, from the whimsical I Wish to the touching Like Father, Like Son. Continuing this run of sublime and affecting outings is … Continue reading Our Little Sister

Mommy

Mommy Canada (2014) Dir. Xavier Dolan Much was made of the fact that the late great Orson Welles was just 25 when he made his directorial debut with the colossal Citizen Kane; French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan was 25 when making Mommy, his FIFTH film! Dolan returns to the subject of the mother/son relationship, previously explored … Continue reading Mommy

Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung)

Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung) Austria (2013) Dir. Ulrich Seidl And so we reach the final instalment in the stark and confrontational Paradise trilogy from Austrian provocateur Ulrich Seidl. The third family member to be put under the spotlight is 13 year-old Melanie - or Mellie - (Melanie Lenz), the daughter of  Theresa from Love and … Continue reading Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung)

Play

  Play Sweden (2011) Dir. Ruben Östlund One of the skills of a good story teller, or in this case filmmaker, is the ability to play with the audience’s sense of perception. This may be challenged by a plot twist or a surprise ending but the most efficient method is through the subtle disarming of … Continue reading Play

From The New World Part 2

From The New World Part 2 (Episodes 14-25) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 274 minutes approx. Volume two of this supernatural socio-political fantasy series doesn’t waste any time in resuming the story so a brush-up on the last volume is required before commencing. We pick up the story after main characters Saki, … Continue reading From The New World Part 2

After Lucia (Después de Lucía)

After Lucia (Después de Lucía) Mexico (2012) Dir. Michel Franco Following the death of his wife (the titular Lucia) in a car accident, Roberto (Hernan Mendoza) and his teenage daughter Alejandra (Tessa Ia) move to Mexico City from Puerto Vallarta for a new start. While Roberto fails to handle his depression and grief Alejandra quickly … Continue reading After Lucia (Después de Lucía)