Violent interpretations – Possessor (Film Review)

Posted by - February 1, 2021
When Brandon Cronenberg burst onto the film scene with his first feature Antiviral in 2012, people questioned whether he would go down the same route as his famous father, David. With his new film Possessor, it certainly embodies his father’s work and sets a clear precedent of what to expect from the Canadian filmmaker. Possessor

Deadly Wonderland – Tag (DVD Review)

Posted by - November 14, 2017
Japanese director Sion Sono is certainly an interesting chap. You need only look to his seminal work, the 2001 cult hit Suicide Circle to appreciate his talent for telling tales that are both utterly engaging and yet totally bewildering with utmost aplomb. In his latest venture, Tag, Sono takes us deep down a tainted rabbit

“Cats don’t seem to like me…” – Cat People (Blu-ray Review)

Posted by - September 26, 2016
It’s always a great pleasure to revisit the true classics of the horror genre through twenty first century eyes. There is something quaint and truly endearing about rekindling the flame of pre-CGI, pre-gorno terror that in many ways will never be surpassed, no matter how much blood Eli Roth and his contemporaries might like to

An Eastern Affair – The Ginger Tree (DVD Review)

Posted by - April 23, 2016
Back in the days when Japan was still a far-off and exotic land, filled with mystery and romance, James was not the only Bond to venture to its unknown shores. As part of the new BBC Classics Collection, Simply Media has uncovered a rare gem of Sunday evening viewing in the BAFTA winning The Ginger

A Call to Arms – Racing Extinction (DVD Review)

Posted by - March 27, 2016
Six years ago, visionary director and activist Louie Psihoyos shocked the world with his stomach-churning film, The Cove, bringing to attention the plight of the dolphin populations in Taijii, Japan. His unnerving images of cetacean slaughter, before detailing the trade of dolphin meat around the country, brought the world to arms, and has made a

Twice as Far – The Walking Dead (S06E14)

Posted by - March 21, 2016
WARNING – MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD   We all know that things can’t be calm for too long in The Walking Dead, and indeed, they have been for just that. Too long. For a show that prides itself on us never knowing who’s gonna bite the dust next, it’s been an inordinately long time since anyone

The Achim-Sigsa Club – Seoul Searching (Asia House Film Festival Review)

Posted by - March 1, 2016
Cultural identity amongst second and third generation immigrants is a fascinating topic. In the baby boom of the fifties and sixties, the newly-relocated families of thousands of migrants across the globe birthed a generation of culturally ambiguous children in countries across the Western hemisphere. In an attempt to reignite the flames of heritage in their

High School Hell – The Case of Hana and Alice (Asia House Film Festival Review)

Posted by - February 29, 2016
Animation is a thriving and well respected sub-industry in Japanese cinema. The relationship between anime and Japanese people is often somewhat alien to the rest of the world, and although the works of Miyazaki et al have garnered critical acclaim globally, audiences (save for Nihonophiles) generally remain somewhat tentative when it comes to the genre.

The Next World – The Walking Dead (S06E10)

Posted by - February 22, 2016
After last week’s bloodbath of a battle, things appear to have calmed down a little in Alexandria; weeks have passed, the walls have been rebuilt, and the townsfolk seem to have found some much needed peace and quiet. As the dulcet tones of Boston bring us into the everyday, there’s an almost pre-apocalyptic feel to

What’cha Gonna Do About It – Midnight of my Life (Short Film Review)

Posted by - January 8, 2016
The problem with modern musicians is that they are all soulless hacks to a man. Little prophets of monotony, neutered slugs that sold their heart and soul for dollars, inching their way forward to a public meltdown crossed with a Beats Headphone sponsorship deal. I think anyway…bit unsure about modern music but that’s what the