In Review: Ida on DVD

by Linsey Satterthwaite on 21/11/2014

Some films come along with a bombastic nature, throwing themselves in your face with a multitude of bells and whistles. Then there are others that arrive with a quiet dignity, one that you discover for yourself. Ida is such a film, a haunting drama of dark secrets and family tragedy. It is 1962 and Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) is a young woman living in a Polish convent, she is sheltered from any other life since she was left there as an orphan baby. She is due to take her vows, but is told to visit her Aunt first, her only living relative, to learn about her past before committing to that way of life forever. [click to continue…]

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In Review: What We Do in the Shadows

by Daniel Goodwin 20 November 2014

Mockumentaries are fascinating film experiments yet prove more triumphant as either horrors or comedies. From the directorial work of Christopher Guest, This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Zelig (1983) to Borat (2006) and found-footage frighteners including Cannibal Holocaust (1980), fusing faux realism with these genres is known to toy more effectively with our interpretation of them. […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Eyes Without a Face (1960)

by Maryann O'Connor 14 November 2014

Mark Searby takes a look at the 1960 Italian-French horror Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face). More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs 

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In Review: The Drop

by Daniel Goodwin 13 November 2014

After portraying an array of characters from the likes of Bane to Welsh architect Locke, Tom Hardy returns to the familiar stomping ground of the urban gangster flick while demonstrating even further range as a dim-witted barman caught in the shifty debacles of a local crime syndicate.

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In Focus: When the Wind Blows (1986)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 November 2014

In honour of the New Empress Magazine Adaptations Special, here is a discussion of an adaptation which holds a special place in my heart and mind; Raymond Briggs’ When the Wind Blows. There were plenty of films that scared me as a youngster; like many, I wailed over Hazel being stalked by the black rabbit in Watership Down […]

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In Review: The Skeleton Twins

by Maryann O'Connor 7 November 2014

Twins Maggie and Milo (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) are brought back together after ten years apart, crashing in on each other’s own particular brand of cobbled-together existence, suddenly forcing them to take a long hard squint at themselves.

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In Review: The Single Moms Club on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 6 November 2014

Tyler Perry has a reputation for producing films known for crass humour and celebration or revelation in despair. The Single Moms Club contains neither of those defining aspects. Five different women (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Nia Long, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown) are thrust into an unexpected alliance as a result of their respective children being […]

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An Interstellar Press Conference

by Daniel Goodwin 5 November 2014

Christopher Nolan’s latest work of wonder Interstellar opens in cinemas this week. Despite a clunky final third it’s a visually astounding and riveting sci-fi blockbuster with a strong, emotional core that will hopefully pave the way for more intelligent mainstream movies based on original concepts. New Empress attended a press conference with the director and […]

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In Review: Mr Turner

by Daniel Goodwin 31 October 2014

It’s been fifteen years since Mike Leigh abandoned modern Britain to direct Topsy Turvy (1999), a musical drama about Gilbert and Sullivan. While retaining some characteristics of his modern work, Leigh has once again delved into the past, substituting the kitchen sink for the paintbrush and easel, to deliver another period biopic, this time focusing […]

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Issue 14: Out On Monday!

by Helen Cox 31 October 2014

Issue 14 is our ‘Adaptations Special’. Guest edited by our online editor Maryann O’Connor, the issue explores a range of film-to-book adaptations and features a range of interviews with filmmakers who have themselves had experience in adapting texts to film.  Thanks, as ever, to our ultra talented cover artist Dan Havardi for putting together this […]

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In Review: Nightcrawler

by Daniel Goodwin 30 October 2014

In this age of web-flaunted art and opinions, it’s refreshing to see a film based in the analogue-like backrooms of TV and about a character who doesn’t want to be famous or express an inner artist. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom is a materialistic, intriguing creation and only interested in what people think of him in […]

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