Category Archives: Movies

Patema Inverted (Anime Review)

It might not be fashionable to criticise scientists at the moment, but I’ve long held the view that eventually they will go one step too far with their messing around with things and do some real damage to the world … Continue reading

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Maquia (Anime Film Review)

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, to give the film its full title, is an anime set in a fantasy world. Fantasy tends not to be my favourite genre. Let’s face it, it’s nearly always basically showing us a human … Continue reading

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The White Trap (Film Review)

Each of the DVD box sets of Edgar Wallace Mysteries contains a bonus film, unconnected to the film series apart from being Anglo-Amalgamated Productions B movies from around the same time. The second volume has The White Trap from 1959, … Continue reading

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Voices of a Distant Star (Review)

Bundled on the DVD set with The Place Promised in Our Early Days is this, Makoto Shinkai’s earliest work of any significance. It’s a half hour short film, and it’s worth bearing in mind when watching this that he basically … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Backfire! (Review)

When cleaner Mrs Chenko greets her employer in a lift with the words “mind you don’t kick the bucket”, she has no idea how ironic that is. Within a few days, both of them will be dead. The company where … Continue reading

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Anime Review)

Like many anime fans, I have ended up watching the films of Makoto Shinkai in something approaching reverse order, investigating his earlier work after his more recent triumphs. This is not an ideal way to experience a body of work. … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Sinister Man (Review)

Who is the “sinister man” of the title of this film? We shouldn’t read too much into this, as the title is taken from a book, and the plot bears little relation to the book from which the title is … Continue reading

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Weathering With You (Review)

Let’s get the elephant out of the room straight away. This is Makoto Shinkai’s first film after the huge hit Your Name, and it’s not as good. But that’s a bit like saying gold is not as good as platinum. … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Never Back Losers (Review)

Never Back Losers is an unusual entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of films. There is no detective, and for much of the film I didn’t think there was going to be a murder either. Despite that, I found … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Man Detained (Review)

We start once again with a burglary at a business premises and a safe being cracked. This time the thief in question, Frank Murray, really hits the jackpot, finding £10,000 in cash. How much is that in today’s money? Answer: … Continue reading

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Lu Over the Wall (Anime Review)

Kai is a grumpy teenager. If you’re an anime fan, you’ll recognise the character trope, a boy who doesn’t seem interested in life and can’t get enthusiastic about anything. He is virtually railroaded by a couple of friends into putting … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Attempt to Kill (Review)

This is a curiously structured murder mystery because the running time is about the usual 55 minutes for this film series, but it takes 30 minutes for the first murder to happen. That actually works surprisingly well, because we know … Continue reading

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Brave Story (Anime Review)

Grief can do different things to different people, and some of the responses can be the exact opposites of each other. For example, grief can make a person kind, or it can make a person cruel. Brave Story is a … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Clue of the Silver Key

Bernard Lee is back as Superintendent Meredith and he’s even more watchable than last time, mainly because of a very entertaining double act with young bobby on the beat Quigley, played with an endearing air of bewilderment by future Doctor … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Man at the Carlton Tower

This 1961 entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B Movies is the first offering on the second DVD set. It starts in a very different way to any of the previous ones, with a burglary being committed. The … Continue reading

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Mirai (Anime Review)

Kun’s life is turned upside down when his little sister is born. At first he is enchanted by this new, amazing thing that has become a part of his family, but soon he realises that all the attention has been … Continue reading

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Penguin Highway (Review)

What connects penguins that are appearing in a Japanese town, and seem to be manifested out of random objects by a mysterious beautiful lady, and a strange sphere of liquid floating in mid air? That’s the question facing young boy … Continue reading

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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Review)

The title of this film seems to have been chosen to make people buying a cinema ticket or asking for the Blu-ray in a shop feel a bit self-conscious, but it does make sense and no, it’s not actually a … Continue reading

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October Moth

This British B movie from 1960 is melodramatic and tries to be Film Noir, neither of which are qualities I particularly look for in a film. I only ended up watching it because it’s an extra bonus feature on the … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Fourth Square

This instalment in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries film series opens with a burglar sneaking into a darkened room, opening a safe, taking one specific item, and then sticking some little squares on the wall. It’s an odd and creepy start, … Continue reading

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