Join Mark Searby to have a look back at this disturbing H.P. Lovecraft adaptation in honour of its DVD/Blu-ray release next week. Zombie cats and living severed heads. Nice. More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs
The Coen Brothers latest offering, Inside Llewyn Davis, asks the wistful question that many (struggling) artists will have to ask themselves at one point; whether they are going to persevere, or consign their art to the back burner to get a ‘real’ job. For Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) a folk singer working the Greenwich Village circuit […]
Horror fans will certainly be looking forward to Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a follow-up to the excellent documentary Moral Panic, Video Nasties and Videotape, which formed Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. To celebrate the forthcoming release – and mark the 30th anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984 – Film4 FrightFest will […]
The seventh film in a long line of X-Men film goodness is out today, in the form of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Would you like to win some tickets to see it at the Vue cinema of your choice, nationwide?
Released in 1969, Justine is set amongst the Coptic Christian elite of Alexandria, Egypt in 1938 on the cusp of the British withdrawal from the country. Justine (Anouk Aimée) is the exotic wife of Coptic banker Nessim (John Vernon) who seamlessly moves between the upper echelons of Alexandrian society and through the working class streets, […]
It’s hard to know what the intention was with this joint effort from Ron Howard and Jay Z. It’s a film of a two day music festival in Philadelphia, which is heavily punctuated by starry emissions of self-help mantra, back stories about artists such as Janelle Monáe and Run DMC, and short interviews with the little guy […]
2014 was the inaugural year for Derby Film Festival, the new incarnation of what was previously Derby’s IDFest. This year’s theme – technology – has been loosely interpreted by the programmers as a springing board for various types of cinematic innovation. From the totalitarian sci-fi of 1984 to the depiction of the leap from silent […]
Once in a while, a horror movie comes along that you properly fall in love with. Like, head-over-heels-let’s-get-married-immediately kind of love. Epic and true love! Livid is such a movie that made this critic swoon and turned blind opinion into what felt like axiomatic truth. The second feature film by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo […]
Ada (Holly Hunter), the protagonist of Jane Campion’s 1993 Palme D’or winner, The Piano, is a triple threat to the 1800s society she’s born into. Not only is she a single mother, she’s also a mute, but doesn’t have the ‘decency’ to be ashamed of it. Ada’s “voice” is her piano; a tool that allows […]
Starring man of the moment Oscar Isaac (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst are also in there), adapted from the novel written by Patricia ‘intrigue and swindle are my middle names’ Highsmith and directed by Drive (2011) writer Hossein Amini, The Two Faces of January definitely has good form in my book.
The film industry reacted to the wartime bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the ‘creature feature'; pulpy sci-fi tales (of varying budgets) featured humans, insects and reptiles mutated to gargantuan sizes stomping over towns and cities, all thanks to pesky radioactive leaks and misuse of science and technology. The subtext – an updating of the […]