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: 300: Rise Of An Empire

by Martyn Conterio 6 March 2014

With its Parthenon Marbles frieze-style compositions rendered in blue and grey hues and an unequalled fetishised attention to bloodlust, 300: Rise of an Empire is a fascist text playing dumb as to the meaning of both the imagery it revels in and the fiery, war-worshipping dialogue the actors spit out in the style of a […]

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In Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

by Daniel Goodwin 6 March 2014

After eight films in fifteen years everyone knows by now what to expect from Wes Anderson in terms of manner, mirth and sentiment. And while his style hasn’t evolved much, Anderson’s cracked character fables are always suitably fractured and colourful excursions. If anything, his tales are becoming more detached from reality yet seem to flourish in […]

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Cinema Made In Italy 2014: The Top Five Films

by Martyn Conterio 5 March 2014

Just a few days after Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar win for The Great Beauty, the Cinema Made In Italy showcase kicks off today (5th) at the Institut Francais in central London and runs until 9th March. The 2014 selection was chosen by Titta Fiore, film critic and Head of Arts and Culture for the Italian daily […]

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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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Win An Exclusive We Are What We Are Quad Poster

by Martyn Conterio 4 March 2014

A uniquely disturbing tale from the director of Stake Land, Jim Mickle brings a tense, heartbreaking and dramatic horror to life in this beautifully told tale of family, tradition and death. With breakout performances from Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomers Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Ambyr Childers (The Master), We Are What […]

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In Review: The Book Thief

by Mairéad Roche 28 February 2014

 World War II stories are now a near genre in and of themselves in literature and cinema. However, with The Book Thief, director Brian Percival takes Michael Petroni’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s original novel and allows for a fresher perspective on the war: that of ordinary German people living through the Nazi regime.

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In Review: Non-Stop

by Martyn Conterio 27 February 2014

Liam Neeson teaming up once again with Unknown director, Jaume Collet-Serra, might not appear to be such a swell idea (because Unknown was bloody terrible), but with Julianne Moore along for the ride, and the actor and his co-star sharing a sparky chemistry, Non-Stop earns its stripes as a fun night at the movies.

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In Review: Calvary

by Daniel Goodwin 27 February 2014

Judging by the stark poster featuring Brendan Gleeson in full priest attire on a desolate Irish beach, it was difficult to tell whether Calvary, the second film from The Guard (2011) director John Michael McDonagh, would feature any of his debut’s caustic humour.

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In Review: Girl Most Likely on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 27 February 2014

Girl Most Likely is a very welcome example of a big name cast doing more than just spouting average lines and expecting us all to fall about in wonder. Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon and that shiny-toothed Glee boy Darren Criss combine their stacks of talent to produce a funny and sadly very realistic […]

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