1963, Yokohama, Japan. Umi (Sarah Bolger, voice) is holding together her family while her mother is away in the United States. Every morning, before making breakfast for all her lodgers, she raises flags for her father, a sailor who died during the Korean War. When a boy at her school starts replying to her flags, she becomes swept up in adolescent romance. Together with her beau, school hero Shun (Anton Yelchin, voice), she sets out to save the school’s fantastical clubhouse from demolition. [Read more…]
Director Sebastien Lifshitz made his name with modern gay classics such as Presque Rien. In Les Invisibles he moves from fiction to fact with a documentary about older gay people and their experiences. As the title suggests, the film sees these people as ‘the invisible’, whose lives are often sidelined and ignored, despite the fact they lived through a period when being gay was marginalised, discriminated against and life was far more difficult than it is today. [Read more…]
Many of you will know the feeling of a date or hook-up getting slightly out of hand. Perhaps you go out for a first dinner and before the first course has come, your date is already deciding what your dogs are going to be called and what your retirement home together will look like. Or you meet somebody in a bar and after about 10 minutes you’re plotting escape routes so that you won’t be found dead in an alley the next morning. [Read more…]
When the first promos for Arrow appeared, it wasn’t clear whether it was going to work. It looked a little po-faced and yet a tad silly, which wasn’t helped by the fact it’s based on a DC Comics character who few people know anything about. However once it started airing it revealed itself to be a surprisingly entertaining show.
After the sinking of his billionaire family’s luxury yacht, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was presumed dead. However, five years after his disappearance he re-emerges, having been trapped on a remote island all that time. Everyone is amazed to see him, although some still haven’t forgiven him for being the arrogant prig he was before he disappeared. [Read more…]
Sarah (Kate Bosworth) tricks her quarrelling friends, Abby (Katie Aselton) and Lou (Lake Bell), into heading off for a bonding weekend on Black Rock – an isolated island where they spent time when they were younger. While they believe they’ll be alone, they’re surprised when three hunters, who are not too long back from Afghanistan, stumble across them. [Read more…]
Neil Jordan has always been interested in the supernatural, from the werewolves of The Company Of Wolves to the mermaids of Ondine. He also had great success with bloodsuckers in Interview With The Vampire. Now he returns to vamps for a very different movie, Byzantium.
Clara (Gemma Arterton) and her younger sister, Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), are constantly moving around, and this time end up in a run-down English seaside town, where they are taken in by the gentle Noel (Daniel Mays). Clara is soon back to her old tricks of setting herself up as a brothel madam, while Eleanor attempts to once more settle into a new environment. [Read more…]
JJ has dreams of making it big in the reggae dancehall scene, although that’s not going to be easy for a white boy from Bristol. After moving to London with his boyfriend, Orlando, JJ impresses with his skills at the Urban Slam Finals, showing up the current kings of the dancehall, The Ilford Maniacs, in the process.
Not long after JJ comes out on stage, the Maniacs launch a brutal attack on Orlando, leaving him severely injured and brain damaged. After the attackers are charged with the violent assault, the trial comes down to whether they were motivated by homophobia and anger that JJ had done so well at the competition, or whether they were provoked because they heard Orlando say the word ‘nigger’. [Read more…]