Category Archives: Reviews

Life is Strange – Episode 2

Following on from the first chapter, episode two picks up the next morning with the player battling that great enemy of mankind: the snooze button. Having just prophesized the upcoming obliteration of Arcadia Bay, our selfie-obsessed timelord spent her night hitting the books in an attempt to

Story of my Death

There’s an inherent risk to saying this on the internet these days, but here we go: sometimes spoilers aren’t a bad thing. Every single synopsis or review I’ve read of Albert Serra’s seventh feature film, Story of My Death, mentions a character who doesn’t turn

Walerian Borowczyk Short Films and Animation

The story of Michael Brooke’s [EDIT – actually Daniel Bird; see comments section] restoration of the films of Walerian Borowczyk deserves to be film-restorer’s folklore by now, a Cinderella story about one of cinema’s least Disney-esque animators. After facing plenty of indifference, Brooke turned to

Be My Baby

Those who harp on about how awful soap operas are and how the trifecta of Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Eastenders are suffocating TV schedules should spare a thought for people of a similar disposition in Japan. The industry of the soap opera is much bigger

Paper Moon

Films that trade in retro-fetishism have become a commodity post-2010, with a countless barrage either slavishly replicating or parodying bygone ages – with a keen eye fixated on the 1980s. Such films have escaped the cult domain and penetrated the mainstream, truly the mark that

Polish Cinema Vol. III

One of the key dilemmas faced by anyone looking to distribute or exhibit foreign-language cinema is this: do you distribute films that offers insights into a different culture, or do you distribute films that are universal? The former, of course, is something that many arthouse

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

The Geek Show - Game of Thrones - A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros

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