In Review: Orca – The Killer Whale (1977) on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 8 April 2014

Exploiting the popularity of Steven Spielberg’s landmark summer blockbuster, Jaws (1975), Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis delivered his own knockoff rendition of the monster fish movie with a lunatic effort about a male orca whale exacting revenge against an unthinking human that done him wrong.

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5th Annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2014

by Maryann O'Connor 3 April 2014

This year’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema pays tribute to a legend of French Cinema, Alan Resnais, bringing a restored version of his 1959 New Wave classic Hiroshima mon amour (starring Emmanuelle Riva) and many other delights to a whole bunch of lovely cinemas in the UK between 23 and 30 April.

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In Review: White Dog (1982) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 27 March 2014

Hailed as a masterpiece by some, Sam Fuller’s drama, about a white German shepherd dog trained to attack black people, is the kind of picture rarely made by big Hollywood studios. It’s simply too controversial and real-life for the dream factory to handle. When execs either lose their marbles or bravely edge a bet, we […]

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In Review: Wake In Fright (1971) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 19 March 2014

Depicting Australian machismo, mateship and the rough-and-tumble etiquette of an outback mining town as an almost Kafkaesque fable, Wake in Fright deserves the accolade ‘masterpiece’ – an over-used term for sure, but without a doubt totally justified, here.

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Stuff (1985)

by Martyn Conterio 10 March 2014

The latest New Empress Magazine Video Blog takes a look at The Stuff (1985), a gooey B-movie written and directed by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Ambulance). The Stuff is out on Blu-ray and DVD via Arrow Video . For more New Empress Magazine Video Blogs, click the link here

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In Review: Wake In Fright (1971)

by Mark Searby 5 March 2014

This is not the Australia Baz Luhrmann showcased in his epic 2008 production. There may be dusty barrens in both films but that is definitely where the similarities stop. Recognised as a key work of the Australian New Wave film movement, this is a movie that paints a truly sadistic portrait of outback life.

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John Candy (1950 – 1994) Remembered

by Mark Searby 4 March 2014

John Franklin Candy died twenty years ago today (4th March). Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, the Canadian funnyman was a staple of mainstream Hollywood movies and a popular screen presence. Whether it was as Chewbacca spoof Barf, in Spaceballs (1987), the pain in Steve Martin’s harried exec’s ass in Planes, Trains and […]

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In Review: The Killers (1964) on Blu-ray

by Christina Newland 26 February 2014

Lee Marvin and his lackey, clad in sharp suits and dark sunglasses, stride into a home for the blind, where they proceed to take out a hit to which they’ve been mysteriously assigned. Before the film is through, a long line of people have been slugged in the face, dangled out a window, or nearly […]

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In Review: Serpico (1973) on Blu-ray

by Christina Newland 25 February 2014

Sidney Lumet was a director who successfully navigated the vast tide of change between Hollywood old and new, with stone-cold classics on either side of the generation gap. In the 1970s, he directed several of the most memorable films of the Hollywood New Wave, including Serpico (1973). It tells the true story of Frank Serpico […]

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In Review: The Godfather: Part II (1974) re-released

by Mark Searby 21 February 2014

As argued over in parlours and drinking establishments [and one particular Wes Craven film] many, many times over, there are very few sequels that surpass the original but that’s exactly what Francis Ford Coppola did with The Godfather Part II.

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Berlinale 2014: First Impressions of a Film Festival

by Christina Newland 20 February 2014

For seven days this February, I found myself in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, the architectural glass and steel heart of the 64th annual Berlinale . It’s a surprisingly subdued centre for a city as bohemian as Berlin and for a festival so concerned with giving a platform to the most provocative, inventive, and marginalised voices in […]

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