Punk Samurai

Punk Samurai (Pankiu-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) (2018)

Punk Samurai (Pankiu-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 172 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Punks are that bit of rough on the edges of clean society – the disruptors and agitators who, like the ancient Cynics, flout rules, defy convention and wave their arses  in the face of respectability. Perhaps their…

Herd

Herd (2023)

Herd had its world première on Sat 26 Aug at FrightFest, UK home entertainment release (digital/DVD) follows on 23rd October 2023 (High Fliers) At the beginning of Herd, Jamie Miller (Ellen Adair) and her wife Alex Kanai (Mitzi Akaha) have become divided. After the stillbirth of their daughter, a chill has entered their relationship, and while they…

Monsters Club

Monsters Club (2011)

Monsters Club first published by Little White Lies, as entry 138 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column By the time Monsters Club came out, writer/director Toshiaki Toyoda and the actor Eita had history. After all, Eita made his big-screen debut in Toyoda’s Blue Spring (2001), and then had also starred in his 9 Souls (2003) and…

The East (2013)

Review first published by Film4. Synopsis: Follow-up to Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s The Sound Of My Voice converts the politics of anti-corporate extremism into engaging genre thrills. Review: From Deep Cover (1992) to Donnie Brasco (1997), from Infernal Affairs (2002) to TV’s The Americans (2013), our screens are full of stories involving undercover agents…