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January 2008 :: Screen Reviews

Screen Reviews

Linda Linda Linda

Our Tokyo correspondent, Heather Lorusso, finds much to recommend in this charming story of a group of Japanese schoolgirls trying to get a band together for the big end-of-year festival. Rock!

Ping Pong

Tokyoite Heather Lorusso, no stranger to a game or two of ping pong herself, falls for Fumihiko Sori's film adaptation of this popular manga series. What I want to know is, how does it stack up against Balls of Fury?

Solitude Aeternus: Hour of Despair

Take Matthew Moyer's advice - When the singer in a doom metal band is wearing priest's vestments and rolling his eyes in the back of his head, you know you're in for a quality concert. Solitude Aeternus brings the celluloid goods.

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

A young boy discovers the horrors of the concentration camp through his father, the camp commandant. Carl F Gauze sees the darkness descend.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Julian Schnabel directs this true story of a successful French magazine editor, Jean-Dominque Bauby, who was struck with a paralyzing condition that leaves the afflicted with all his mental faculties, but unable to talk or move. Through the use of one good eye, a brilliant therapist, and patient transcriptionist, Bauby was able to create the book upon which the film is based. S D Green is suitably awed.

Ercole Su'l Termodonte

A live presentation of Antonio Vivaldi's long lost opera about Hercules and the Amazons. Carl F Gauze is entranced by the Amazons.