Category Archives: Reviews

Tokyo Tribe

Nobody has quite the same grasp on the enfant terrible director as Japan: the 1960s and 70s had Seijun Suzuki and Kinji Fukusaku; the modern-day has Takashi Miike and the ever unpredictable Sion Sono. Japanese cinema has never had to try hard to find a

Guardian’s Crusade (Retro)

With my series of retro reviews, I’ll be coming in from the left field to shine a light on games that have either been long forgotten or never really discovered in the first place. Today’s case is Guardian’s Crusade. Guardian’s Crusade is a turn based Role

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Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros

So the Game of Thrones merchandising machine rolls out again, but this time HBO and Bantam Press are bringing something special to the table in the form of a pop-up guide to Westeros and Essos. We managed to get our grubby little mitts on a

Jet Set Radio Future (Retro)

In 2015, talking about “Jet Set Radio Future” on the Xbox (original) is becoming increasingly difficult. It’s hard to mention it without the Dreamcast original, Jet Set Radio, cropping up. The equivalent would be talking to someone about Street Fighter 2, and then them continuing

Han Gong-Ju

The Korean New Wave was defined by three directors, Kim Jee-Woon, Park Chan-Wook, and Bong Joon-Ho. With the three being courted to foreign climes the international stature of this national wave of cinema has atrophied. Korean cinema isn’t the cool new thing it used to

Life Is Strange – Episode 1

If one were to mention The Walking Dead video game, very few people would think about the shooter that came out in 2013. This is partly because Survival Instinct is widely regarded as a shambling mess, but the main reason is that Telltale Games absolutely nailed it

Fruit of Paradise

The utterly unique career of Věra Chytilová, and the story of Czech cinema in general, finds itself at a crossroads with 1970’s Fruit of Paradise, now released on DVD by Second Run Films. It feels like the product of a golden age; as noted in

Electricity

Right at the start of Bryn Higgins’s sophomore film, there’s a credit for the Wellcome Trust as producers. Having one of the world’s largest financiers of cutting-edge medical research in your opening credits sets out a mission statement; when it comes to medical accuracy, this

Wooden Crosses

Important cinema is a phrase that has evolved throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, in 2015 it has more to do with the message that a film champions or the reputation of the director involved. Sadly, ‘important’ as an adjective has become tantamount to cultural

Traps

The Czech director Věra Chytilová is best known internationally for her 1966 film Daisies, a ferocious, antic and relentlessly original comedy about two young women carrying out a Dadaist rebellion against the staidness of Czechoslovakian society. Although Daisies seems to become more and more acclaimed