Japanese Horror is perhaps the most unique and talked about strand of horror, as it caters to both pretentious art house snobs such as myself and the hardcore horror fans. J-Horror has some of the creepiest and most disturbing imagery you will ever see, think the sound that Asami makes when she shoves needles into... Continue Reading →

The Handmaiden

So I don't know a lot about Korean Cinema. I have seen some of it, but I could probably count them on my fingers. One of the Korean filmmaker who crops up more than others and that is Park Chan-Wook, perhaps the most prominent Korean filmmaker, who brought Korean cinema to the global stage through... Continue Reading →

La La Land

2016 was a year of terrible, depressing drudgery. 2017 is looking to be even worse with the hangover from the decisions we made last year. But to keep us going movies can be a means to explore the problems within society in a safer way or to provide distraction and escape to other worlds, happier... Continue Reading →

War On Everyone

It seems that every new television show nowadays is a dark-and-gritty detective/crime story, and frankly I am tired of all of them. Now while there are some shows that deserve the praise and attention they get, it seems that the market is saturated with glowering detectives or sympathetic and complex criminal antiheros. It is refreshing... Continue Reading →

Kubo and the Two Strings

Sitting in an empty theatre to see a children’s film at 13:30 on a sunny Friday afternoon, should not be at the top of anyone’s to do list and yet me and some friends where there to see a new animated film. As I watched the trailers (the bit that everyone loves according the smug... Continue Reading →

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli has been making films for just over 30 years, as of writing. However the studio is only really known for one name in particular, that of co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, and for good reason; Miyazaki has directed some of the best animated, nay some of best films of all time. While Miyazaki is a... Continue Reading →

It’s Such a Beautiful Day

There is a certain level of difficulty when it comes to animation. How do you get drawings, models or even household objects to tell a convincing story, move in a realistic way and behave as people would? However perhaps the most challenging thing for an animator to do is get these inanimate 2d figures, lumps... Continue Reading →

Hell and Back

I have a particular soft spot for stop motion animation. I grew up on Wallace and Gromit and other Aardman projects, fell in love with A Nightmare Before Christmas and other Laika projects. Now I am older I also appreciate and enjoy the more surrealist animation of Jans Svankmeyer  I even had dreams of becoming... Continue Reading →

‘Spirited Away’ by Spirited Away

When I was younger, I would have said that there was no difference between watching a DVD and going to the cinema. You would have still watched a film at the end, so why bother. I got a little older and I realised that nothing compares to watching the year’s blockbusters on a big screen.... Continue Reading →

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