Category Archives: Comic Strip Reviews

That Most Important Thing: Love

As part of our focus on Polish director Andrzej Żuławski, we take an illustrated look at his dark and moody drama The Most Important Thing: Love. Based on the novel La Nuit américaine by Christopher Frank, the story revolves around the passionate love affair between struggling actress Nadine (Romy Schneider), who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies, and Servais Mont, a photographer (Fabio Testi) determined to help her get her career back.

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Comic Strip Review by Daniel Fish
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Ghost Story

Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Peter Straub, John Irvin’s Ghost Story (1981) follows four elderly men (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and John Houseman) who have formed a private club to tell each other creepy tales.

Released for the first time in the UK by Second Sound, Ghost Story is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Comic Strip Review by Hannah Jenkins
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Mondo Trasho

As part of our focus on John Waters, we take a look at his first feature, shot in 1969 and the first to star Divine in a lead role. Mondo Trasho screens at BFI Southbank on 4 and 9 September 2015.

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Comic Strip Review by Douglas Noble
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Godzilla vs Mothra

Following our Mothra comic strip review as part of our Butterflies theme, we now take a look at the 1964 sequel, Godzilla vs Mothra, also directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, co-creator of Godzilla. Godzilla vs Mothra is available on Region 1 DVD.

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Comic Strip Review by Woodrow Phoenix
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As part of our ‘Butterflies‘ theme, we have a review of Toho Studios 1961 monster movie Mothra, directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, co-creator of Godzilla. Mothra (1961) is available in the Region 1 DVD box-set ‘Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection’, which also includes The H-Man (1958) and Battle for Outer Space (1959), all directed by Ishirô Honda.

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Comic Strip Review by Claude T.C.
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The Wind Rises

Hayao Miyazaki’s very last film, a charming celebration of aeronautical designer Jiro Horikoshi’s big dreams and inventiveness, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Studiocanal. The Wind Rises is also available as part of The Hayao Miyazaki Collection, released on 8 December 2014 by Studiocanal. This special Blu-ray box set brings together all 11 of his directed feature films and includes a bonus disc with the full 90 minute press conference in which Miyazaki announced his retirement, and a specially commissioned booklet with analysis, essays and commentary as well as contributions from Miyazaki himself.

This comic review reads from bottom to top. You can also read our Venice Film Festival review.

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Comic Strip Review by Clare Wood
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