In Review: 20,000 Days on Earth

by Daniel Goodwin on 19/09/2014

20,000 days

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s documentary about angst-ridden rock poet Nick Cave dismantles his foreboding but debonair persona and digs for humanity with extraordinary results. Drifting between ersatz psychotherapy sessions between Cave and a shrink journalist, the film probes the icon by dusting off old film footage and photos, examining his creative process and linking fame fears with a possible God complex. [click to continue…]

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In Review: Magic in the Moonlight

by Daniel Goodwin 18 September 2014

Though his work may fluctuate in quality you can’t knock Woody Allen for inconsistency (a film a year for the past 40 is pretty good going) and while Magic in the Moonlight features traits strongly associated with his later work: sun-kissed, foreign locations, sumptuous cinematography as well as another strong, multi-layered female protagonist, it remains […]

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In Review: Vamps on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 17 September 2014

Amy Heckerling has good form as far as droll humour goes (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1982, Look Who’s Talking, 1989, Clueless, 1995) which just might be the main draw to watching Vamps, an examination of the understandably tricky vampire dating scene/life in New York. The cast of Sigourney Weaver, Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter and […]

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In Review: Transformers Age of Extinction

by Caitlin Conway 16 September 2014

Any major film franchise has to be pretty successful to get to a fourth outing, especially when less than profitable returns for sequels are a big problem. Transformers: Age of Extinction is the 2014 instalment for the live-action Transformers series and it is the sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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In Review: A Most Wanted Man

by Daniel Goodwin 11 September 2014

The bleak world of John le Carré’s fiction appears fitting for director Anton Corbijn considering the haunting hues of his Joy Division biopic Control (2007) and taut thriller The American (2010). Here Corbijn presents a ghostly Hamburg with dirty neon-soaked bars, cobbled streets and cupboard sized backrooms where spies conspire, a most promising premise. It […]

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In Review: The Boxtrolls

by Daniel Goodwin 10 September 2014

In the last five years Laika have proved themselves to be the black sheep of dark animation with family horrors Coraline (2009) and Paranorman (2012). Their latest is an equally twisted but cutesy, Victorian fable based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. The story follows a young boy called Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) who […]

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In Review: They Came Together

by Mairéad Roche 4 September 2014

They Came Together, pun very much intended, is a warm-hearted pastiche of Nora Ephron’s New York based romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally (1989) and the less-good-but-still-has-a-fanbase bookstore war, You’ve Got Mail (1998). Except that Amy Poehler now has the dubious pleasure of playing the Meg Ryan role.  Joel (Paul Rudd) is the newly single […]

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New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The ‘Burbs (1989)

by Maryann O'Connor 3 September 2014

Let’s all take some time to consider what the world would be like had Tom Hanks turned down the chance to star in Joe Dante’s wonderfully absurd suburban nightmare. It’s not a world that we would want to live in. Here Mark Searby says some cool trivia stuff about the The ‘Burbs, which will be getting […]

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In Review: Attila Marcel

by Maryann O'Connor 2 September 2014

Cutely captivating from the first colourful moments, Attila Marcel combines the best of the whimsical and philosophical traits of French cinema. Paul (Guillaume Gouix) is a thirty-something man seemingly devoted to three things; mastery of the grand piano, baked goods and the opinion of his aunts (Bernadette Lafont and Hélène Vincent), with whom he still […]

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In Review: Obvious Child

by Maryann O'Connor 29 August 2014

Comedian and worker in non-oppressive bookstore Donna Stern likes to tell gleeful jokes about her sex life and the shortcomings of her relationship, which soon ends. Cue an orgy of self loathing, anger, enough alcohol consumption to drop a rhino and irresponsible sex with a nice, polite man. It all gets a bit stickier when […]

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In Review: Million Dollar Arm

by Daniel Goodwin 29 August 2014

Smaller scale live action Disney flicks have been a bit scarce on our big screens of late. The dainty days of Freaky Friday (1976) and Escape To Witch Mountain (1975) or the films featuring Kurt Russell as some kind of jock-douche now seem like products of their time especially when compared with Maleficent (in terms […]

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