Blu-Ray Review: Armour of God (Deluxe Collector’s Edition, 88 Films)

I have really enjoyed some of Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong action stuff in the past, and also really liked 88 Films recent release of The Young Master, so when I heard about this Armour of God release I was excited. It’s a Jackie Chan film I haven’t seen before, and it sounded like it’d be […]

Review: Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-Liang, 2003)

“Did you know this theatre is haunted?” The first line spoken by a character in the film, nearly 45 minutes into its running time, perfectly encapsulates the feeling of Goodbye, Dragon Inn.  It’s the final night of business for an old-fashioned Taipei cinema, and 1967 wuxia classic Dragon Inn plays in a cavernous theatre to a […]

Five of the Best: Food Moments in Film

This film was first made as a video list, available here: Food is a huge part of every-day life. We (usually) interact with it every day, it gives us energy, pleasure, a link to our shared cultures and histories, and an excuse to interact with each other. We literally need it to survive! Considering how […]

Review: Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 (Kim Do-young, 2019)

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 is a film about a woman in her 30s named Ji-young (Jung Yu-mi) who has recently given birth to her first child and acts as a stay-at-home mother while her husband Jung Dae-hyun (Gong Yoo) continues working. Since the birth of their child, Ji-young has started acting strangely. From time to […]

Blu-Ray Review: Family Values: Three Films by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Arrow Boxset)

Looking through the some of the reviews I’ve done for this site already, it’s pretty clear that I am a fan of much of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s work. So, it seems only natural for me to want to buy Arrow’s three-film Kore-eda boxset Family Values, one of two Kore-eda boxsets commercially available in the […]

Review: The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein, 1984)

The Times of Harvey Milk

Version watched: UK Criterion Collection Blu Ray The Times of Harvey Milk is a documentary about the rise, election and subsequent assassination of gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, comprised of news and archival footage, and interviews with those who knew him, narrated by Harvey Fierstein. The decision to open the film with footage of […]

Blu-Ray Review: Bong Joon Ho Collection

Bong Joon Ho Collection

On the 19th of April 2021, Curzon Artificial Eye released the 7-disc Bong Joon Ho Collection on Blu Ray in the UK. The set contains six of the Oscar-winning South Korean director’s films: Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), Mother (2009), Snowpiercer (2013), and two versions of Parasite (2019), […]

An Interesting Film Theory: Film Phenomenology

Film Phenomenology: Definition Have you ever thought about film’s power to make you ‘feel’ something? How a film has the power to allow you to share in the experience of its characters? For example, an act of violence on screen can cause a viewer physical discomfort, if rendered a certain way. Or a film might […]

Film of the Month #5: Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, 1965)


Film of the Month is a series where, once a month, I revisit a film write something short but sweet about it, hoping to tempt others into experiencing it as well. It’ll be largely spoiler-free, but not completely, though I’ll avoid revealing any endings or major plot-twists, of course. No deep-dives or analysis with a fine-tooth comb, […]