The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Porky’s (1982)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 June 2014

Here are some musings on ‘the worst film of 1982′. Love it or loathe it, Porky’s made an impact. More New Empress Video Blog things

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In Review: Cuban Fury on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 11 June 2014

Nick Frost had a idea about him playing a man who danced a lot and sent it to longtime collaborator, producer Nira Park, who promptly told him to sod off because if Simon Pegg wasn’t involved then no one would want to know. Obviously that didn’t really happen and what we have here is a […]

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In Review: Camp Dread on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 11 June 2014

The revolutionary power in the democratisation of digital technology, much like when 8mm film cameras were introduced as weekend play things and with which many burgeoning directors, often as kids, learned the very basics of their craft, is that anybody can get a few bucks together, make a movie and cut it on their PC […]

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Win A Blu-ray Bundle And Signed Poster With The Release Of T.S. Spivet

by Martyn Conterio 10 June 2014

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s beautiful T.S. Spivet is released in UK cinemas on Friday 13th June and to celebrate, we’ve got a very special package to giveaway to one lucky winner. The package includes the Director’s previous films Amelie and Micmacs on Blu-ray, a copy of the novel and a T.S. Spivet film poster signed by Jean-Pierre […]

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Director Simon Rumley Joins Shortcuts To Hell 2 Competition Panel

by Martyn Conterio 9 June 2014

Last month we gave you the lowdown on the return of the film-making competition: Shortcuts To Hell. Joining the jury panel with Total Film’s acting editor Rosie Fletcher, Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth, Film4 FrightFest’s Paul McEvoy, Wildseed Studio’s Jesse Cleverly and Movie Mogul dude John Shackleton, is lauded director Simon Rumley (The Living and […]

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In Review: Miss Violence

by Ben Nicholson 6 June 2014

Two girls in white dresses navigate a dimly lit hallway, and emerge into the awkward birthday celebration that introduces Alexandros Avranas’ unpleasant chamber piece, Miss Violence. As the family celebrate, Leonard Cohen’s holocaust-inspired “Dance Me to the End of Love” ominously fills the room and birthday girl, 11-year-old Angeliki (Chloe Bolota), quietly clambers over the […]

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In Review: Garden of Evil (1954) on DVD

by Mark Searby 5 June 2014

20th Century Fox used this western as one of their first forays into the studios new process of Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound. Three fortune hunters find themselves stranded in rural Mexico. They are recruited by a beautiful female who offers up a reward to rescue her husband from a cave located in Apache territory. Henry […]

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In Review: Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 2 June 2014

Lady Caroline Lamb, spurned by her lover Lord Byron, coined the bruising and infamous taunt that the aristocrat was ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. For periods of his extraordinary life, the same could be said of Roman Polanski. Hated by some and equally adored by others, the French-Polish director of Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, The […]

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In Review: Edge of Tomorrow

by Martyn Conterio 30 May 2014

Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow. Tom Cruise has good form in sci-fi. Of this quartet of titles, Spielberg’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel is the masterpiece. But if we use ‘fun’ as the critical measuring stick, and why not, well then Doug Liman’s Cruisebuster runs rings around the others, […]

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In Review: Maleficent

by Mark Searby 30 May 2014

Disney reveal the back story of one of the most dastardly fairies ever: Maleficent – the horn-touting villain from the studio’s 1959 version of Sleeping Beauty. Just as productions such as Wicked and Oz the Great and Powerful have already illustrated: there are two sides to every story.

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In Review: Assault on Wall Street on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 29 May 2014

Uwe Boll is angry about the financial crisis and he’s got something to say! So y’all better listen up and pay attention. Assault on Wall Street is the classic ‘death of the American Dream’ scenario exploiting populist sentiment that all bankers are immoral fiends (fair enough) and that they should all be massacred where they […]

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