Film bits and bobs

Spirited Away (2001)

First published by Movie Gazette Here’s a recipe for an enchanting spell: carefully distil The Odyssey and Alice in Wonderland, add a dollop of Grimms’ fairy tales, a soupçon of The … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

First published by LWLies “Once upon a time, long long ago, there lived an old bamboo woodcutter…” Along with the exquisitely layered and painted parchments that we see at the … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Yoshiura Yasuhiro interview

First published by Little White Lies Interviews don’t always go as you hope and expect they will. This conversation with Yoshiura Yasuhiro, conducted awkwardly through an interpreter just before the … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Patema Inverted (2013)

Longer version of review first published in LittleWhiteLies As a genre which reflects and defamiliarises everyday societal tensions through a glass darkly, dystopian fiction is always inverting the world as … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Wolf Children (2012)

Review first published by Little White Lies Hana (voiced by Miyazaki Aoi), a good-natured, lonely student in Tokyo, befriends a young man who “didn’t look at all like the other … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

009 Re:Cyborg (2012)

Review first published by GrolschFilmWorks, where there is also an interview with director Kamiyama Kenji. Kamiyama Kenji’s 009 Re:Cyborg opens with beautiful/horrific images of Shanghai skyscrapers violently toppling, accompanied by … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment


Social media

My most scatterbrained rantings can be found on

Follow RantBit on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,854 other followers