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  • DVD Review – Himizu (2011)

    DVD Review – Himizu (2011)

    A sole purpose of a film is to entertain, tell a story maybe deliver a specific message which may get people talking, debating possibly trigger some form of action. Most filmmakers will deliver that entertaining story but as soon as you leave that cinema or if it’s a DVD switch off your player that 2…

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  • DVD Review – Kotoko (2011)

    DVD Review – Kotoko (2011)

    Mental Illness is no laughing matter nor should it be something we should ignore either and it comes in all shapes and sizes but most of all it can affect us all. We sometimes think we understand the illness or selfishly think we have all the answers to curing the illness, in Shinya Tsukamoto‘s Kotoko…

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  • DVD Review – Salt Of Life (Gianni Le Donne)

    DVD Review – Salt Of Life (Gianni Le Donne)

    My year and a half living in sun-drenched Sorrento in Southern Italy were a fruitful, memorable and some of the best times of my life. I learned a lot from the Italians, how wonderful great hosts they can be also learning the way of life way different even from central/Northern Italy. In the south its…

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  • DVD Review – ID:A (2012)

    DVD Review – ID:A (2012)

    Christian E.Christiansen didn’t get off to the best of starts with his first outing into English Language films with his 2011 dud The Roommate, which was simply terrible. His venture sees him head back to his homeland of Denmark hoping for a little rub of the green of recent success of Scandinavian thrillers will help…

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  • DVD Review – The Raid (2011)

    DVD Review – The Raid (2011)

    When someone tells you ‘don’t believe the hype’ in regards to a certain film you have to say the majority of the time there true as that film ends up being a disappointment not living up to the hype. However, there are times such as Gareth Evans The Raid a film that’s built up such…

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  • Blu-ray Review – From Upon Poppy Hill (2011)

    Blu-ray Review – From Upon Poppy Hill (2011)

    Teenagers in love Post World War Japan is the setting for the latest   Studio Ghibli home release. With Hayao Miyazaki-San ready to hand over the reigns of Japan’s greatest ever to younger hands is Goro Miyazaki’s From Upon Poppy Hill a worthy application for his father’s crown? Set in 1963 Yokohama, From Upon Poppy…

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  • DVD Review – Sleep Tight (2011)

    DVD Review – Sleep Tight (2011)

    For many years Nick Ross on BBC’s long-running Crimewatch tv show used to tell us to ‘sleep well, don’t have nightmares’, In Jaime Balaguero‘s Sleep Tight (Mientras Duermes) literally the nightmare is under you!Under your bed!For the past few years Balaguero has been recognised as one half of the creative team that delivered [Rec] Franchise…

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  • Blu-ray Review – The Hunter (2011)

    Blu-ray Review – The Hunter (2011)

    When it comes to films starring Willem Dafoe his performances are nothing more but mesmeric, outstanding even when the film he stars in is truly awful. The actor is one of the films great gems who delivers wonderful performances that are deserving of awards but the true professional he is  he doesn’t complain just gets…

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  • DVD Review – The Divide (2011)

    DVD Review – The Divide (2011)

    Xavier Gens knows how to deliver the visceral terrifying experience, Frontier(s) was one of the most harrowing brutal journeys you’ll experience and one of the many reasons why New Wave French horror is so popular. Post-apocalyptic films many have tried many have failed  reasons we may not know why as we don’t or ever want…

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  • Film Review – Trishna (2011)

    Film Review – Trishna (2011)

    Attempting to adapt literature classics into films is sometimes like treading on eggshells. You have two routes, the safe route a straight forward word by word adaptation or you could go for the contemporary reworking transporting a story possibly to another timescale or at least another location.British film director Michael Winterbottom is no stranger to…

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