In Review: When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun on DVD

by Mairéad Roche 11 December 2013

A nation of approximately 6 million people living ‘on the roof of the world’ without a substantial army or trading agreements with the west, Tibet found itself railroaded by the juggernaut of the Chinese Red Army in 1959. Many documentaries and feature films later, with Tibet still occupied by China, film maker Dirk Simon looks […]

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In Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

by Ben Nicholson 11 December 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug barrels past many of the pacing issues surrounding its predecessor, An Unexpected Journey, and takes audiences on a rollicking adventure right to the Misty Mountain itself and a confrontation with the eponymous scaly incumbent.

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Nordic Film Festival 2013: Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart

by Mairéad Roche 10 December 2013

Documentary Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart centres around musician Kai Latvalehto; a member of a successful Finnish rock band who goes from Finland on a road trip with his father Tauno to return to where they had lived in Sweden when Kai was a boy.

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Peter Sasdy on The Stone Tape

by Martyn Conterio 9 December 2013

In our latest New Empress Video Blog, we talk to Hammer horror director Peter Sasdy (Countess Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula) about The Stone Tape, a pioneering ghost story written by Nigel Kneale (The Quatermass Xperiment), that aired on BBC television on Christmas Day in 1972.

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Nordic Film Festival 2013: Chasing the Wind

by Mairéad Roche 6 December 2013

With the death of her grandmother, Anna (Marie Blokhus) is persuaded to return from her sophisticated life in Germany, to her native Norway to attend the funeral. As Anna resurfaces in her old life after a decade away, so do long unspoken relationship issues

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In Review: The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 5 December 2013

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel, has captivated everybody from Dario Argento to Andrew Lloyd Webber. The most famous adaptation of them all, however, is Rupert Julian’s 1925 silent classic, which starred the inimitable Lon Chaney, then at the peak of his powers and popularity, and whose ghoulish makeup is still mightily […]

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Unveiled: Our Issue 12 Front Cover

by Helen Cox 5 December 2013

Issue 12 is our Locations In Film Edition. It will be out in print just before Christmas, but the cover gives you a bit of an idea of the kind of delights you’ll find inside! As ever, thanks to our massively-talented cover artist Dan Havardi for creating this delectable design.

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In Review: Klown

by Mairéad Roche 5 December 2013

When Frank (Frank Hvam) finds out that his girlfriend Mia (Mia Lyhne) is pregnant, it sends him into a tailspin of worry about his potential as a father; Frank is a man comfortable with being seen about in a white vest and matching Y-fronts

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In Review: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 4 December 2013

Parody personas such as Alan Partridge have commanded somewhat of a niche film audience and with cinematic joys such as Keith Lemon: The Film about, that niche audience might in time dwindle even further. Though whether that is to do with the predicted quality or the actual quality of the films remains another matter. Alan […]

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Desert Island Films: Special Guest Ben Nicholson

by Martyn Conterio 3 December 2013

This week on Desert Island Films, we’re joined by Ben Nicholson (Twitter handle: @BRNicholson). He’ll play the New Empress cinephile version of Robinson Crusoe thus making his five selections a quintet of Man Fridays. Read on, dear reader…

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Nordic Film Festival 2013: NWR

by Mark Searby 29 November 2013

Director of indie films Drive and Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn seems like an enigma within the film world. This documentary gets as close as possible to a man with different ideas than most.

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