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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Polar Express (2004)

by Mark Searby 11 December 2014

The Polar Express is ten years old and being re-released again this festive season.. Mark Searby discovers why the film has grown in stature since its chilly reception in 2004. More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

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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 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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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

by Maryann O'Connor 30 October 2014

Give in to your paranoia. Mark Searby dissects the fear quotient of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) ahead of its theatrical re-release.  

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New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Animal Farm (1954)

by Maryann O'Connor 23 October 2014

Mark Searby takes a look at Animal Farm, the film adapted from George Orwell’s wave making book by Europe’s groundbreaking animation studio Halas and Batchelor in 1954. More New Empress Magazine Video blog action

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East Finchley Phoenix Cinema commemorates WWI centenary and work of Richard Attenborough

by Maryann O'Connor 25 September 2014

East Finchley’s Phoenix Cinema quite rightly chose to mark the centenary of WWI, the passing of Richard Attenborough and the open house weekend to showcase its beautiful 1910 building (at its opening the cinema was known as The Picturedrome) and a screening of the 1969 tour de force, Oh! What a Lovely War, a film […]

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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: A Night at the Cinema in 1914

by Maryann O'Connor 1 August 2014

At a time when feature films were rare, short film was King [or Queen] and mainly focused on short documentary, news items and comedy. This selection from the BFI National Archive has 14 films to inform and amuse, curated by Bryony Dixon and accompanied by a lovely new score from composer and pianist Stephen Horne.

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In Review: The Essential Jacques Tati Collection on Blu-ray

by Ben Nicholson 22 July 2014

It is lamentable that the intricately choreographed joy of Jacques Tati’s cinematic directorial career only extended for a total of six features and a handful of shorts. It is equally unfortunate that many modern audience members are as likely to have heard of his onscreen persona, M. Hulot, than the towering genius behind him. In […]

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In Review: If (1968) on Blu-ray

by Mark Searby 25 June 2014

A self styled band of Public School Boys, calling themselves “The Crusaders”, rebel against their institutional brutality in 60’s Britain.

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Camille Claudel 1915: Portrait of the Artist as an Abandoned Person

by Martyn Conterio 21 June 2014

Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) isn’t remotely interested in the routine trajectory of biopics which take as their subject ‘the troubled artist’. It is a chamber piece drama about a brother and sister both inflicted with forms of insanity. The latest picture to be released in the UK by Bruno Dumont stars Juliette Binoche in the […]

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