Tag Archives: film review

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

There is a common association between Japan and weird things. From bizarre toys to talking toilets, the west has become pretty obsessed by Japan, mostly to finger point and furrow our brows at crabs in vending machines and grown men dressed as school girls. Great shows like Adam and Joe Go Tokyo and Jonathan Ross’ […]

From Up on Poppy Hill

A while back I went to see a UK preview of the latest anime feature-length film from Studio Ghibli, From Up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から, Kokuriko-zaka kara). In Japan, it ranked as the highest-grossing film of 2011, managing to make around $56 million (£35m), and was also the second directorial effort of Goro Miyazaki, the […]

Revenge of the Electric Car

I first watched a screener of Revenge of the Electric Car back in October when working for BBC Storyville and it has now finally reached UK cinemas. The film is a surprisingly engaging and exciting look into the world of electric vehicle manufacturing- not a subject upon which I would normally be attracted to watching […]

Louder Than a Bomb

I’ve been itching to write about this film for a long time, having first watched an advance copy whilst at the BBC. This film won’t be out for a while in the UK (I presume) since it’s still making the rounds in the US but hopefully it will get to our screens as soon as […]

5th BFI Future Film Festival

Yesterday I attended the 5th BFI Future Film Festival at the BFI Southbank, an event which aims to showcase young and talented filmmakers, as well as providing under-25s who want to get a foot in the industry with advice and knowledge from industry experts. Since my interest lies in primarily in documentary film, I was […]

Sita Sings The Blues

I am tremendously excited. I have just found out that feature-length animation Sita Sings the Blues is available to watch for free online because it is licensed under the ‘Creative Commons License’. Amazing. This film, created in 2008 by American animator Nina Paley, is a truly must-see film. It’s critically acclaimed and is in almost every […]

The Troubled Life of Jean Marc Calvet

This week there’s been lots of talk about documentary film: specifically, the release of Carol Morley’s documentary ‘Dreams of a Life’, which has got the critics swooning left right and centre. I will attempt to see it next week (and I highly recommend anyone and everyone else does too) and may well write a post […]