Ralph Breaks The Internet

Ralph Breaks The Internet US (2018) Dirs. Phil Johnston & Rich Moore No, he doesn’t post a picture of his bare bottom although this is probably the only thing Ralph doesn’t do as he ventures from the safe-haven of his old school arcade game into the vast, busy and heavily populated digital world of the … Continue reading Ralph Breaks The Internet

Shazam!

Shazam! (Cert 12A) US (2019) Dir. David F. Sandberg As I stated in my review of Captain Marvel, the superhero I and other old gits knew with that moniker was not an amnesiac woman turned alien, but the creation of Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Publications in 1939, whose comic book adventures … Continue reading Shazam!

Collector (Kollektor)

Collector (Kollektor) Russia (2016) Dir. Aleksey Krasovskiy When does the rationale “I’m only doing my job” lose its meaning and becomes a lame excuse for inexcusable behaviour? Not jobsworth traffic wardens and the like who refuse to bend the rules or turn a blind when common sense or emergencies call for it, rather overly ambitious … Continue reading Collector (Kollektor)

Rings

Rings US (2017) Dir. F. Javier Gutiérrez There is an old aphorism that states “it seemed like a good idea at the time”; there are also scenarios that are just plain bad ideas at any time. Paramount deciding to resurrect its remake franchise of the classic Japanese horror Ringu with a new 3D instalment was … Continue reading Rings

The Square

The Square Sweden (2017) Dir. Ruben Östlund The world of modern art has always been ripe for satire and lampooning whilst the way people treat their fellow human beings is also a fecund subject, but there is little obvious overlap. That hasn’t stopped Swedish auteur Ruben Östlund from having a go but is The Square … Continue reading The Square

Destruction Babies

Destruction Babies (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. “The most extreme 108 minutes in Japanese cinema history!” proclaims the legend on the cover of Third Window’s latest release. One can almost see Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono and possibly Yoshihiro Nishimura smirking to themselves, saying “Challenge accepted!” … Continue reading Destruction Babies