Tony Takitani

Tony Takitani (2004)

Tony Takitani first published by Film4 in 2004 Summary: Issei Ogata finds loneliness, love, loss, and then loneliness again, in Jun Ichikawa’s stylish adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story.  Review: In the writings of Haruki Murakami, style is every bit as important as content. The events may be somewhat surreal, the characters eccentric, but the prose…

Tezuka's Barbara

Tezuka’s Barbara (2019)

Tezuka’s Barbara first published by Little White Lies, as the 130th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Following the publication of his groundbreaking New Treasure Island in 1947 which ushered in the Golden Age of manga, Osamu Tezuka would, with his popular series like AstroBoy, Princess Knight and Kimba the White Lion, become known variously…

Rango

Rango (2011)

Rango first published by Film4 Summary: Gore Verbinski’s first fully animated feature is a fish-out-of-water pastiche of the spaghetti western – and twenty-first century living.   Review: “Who am I?”, wonders a pet chameleon, surveying the world rushing past his glass case as he is transported along a Nevada freeway. “I could be anyone.”  This lizard with…

Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

The Haunting of Bly Manor first published by Sight & Sound, November 2020 In Australia and New Zealand, there is a non-alcoholic beverage named Claytons, bottled and coloured to resemble a spirit, so that abstainers can have it without standing out from fellow drinkers. A popular advertising campaign for Claytons that ran in the Seventies…

Blood From Stone

Blood From Stone (2020)

In the foreground, a large, bearded Balkan man dressed like a cowboy (Vanja Kapetanovic) sits at a table, tapping his glass impatiently, until four casually dressed men enter the bar and order whiskies. Once the cowboy has heard them say that they are out-of-towners in Las Vegas for a convention, he buys them all several…

Stage

Alien On Stage (2020)

Art is a collision of ambition, actuality and audience.  Every year, an amateur dramatics group comprising employees of the Wiltshire and Dorset Bus Company stages a Christmas show for charity – but one year, their young writer Luc Hayward decided that he wanted to move on from their usual pantomime scenarios to a far more…

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

First published by Little White Lies How do you bring a book to life? How does a figure dreamt up on a page become embodied by a flesh-and-blood person? Anyone tasked with adapting a much-loved work to the big screen must face these problems – and it is precisely the mysterious processes of metamorphosis, adolescence…