In Review: Last Vegas

by Mark Searby 30 December 2013

The old saying “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” should mean that we don’t get any movies set under the neon lights of the USA’s gambling Mecca. But with the recent success of The Hangover films, it seems the populous city in the state of Nevada is the perfect place for a comedy film […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Blooper Reel

by Maryann O'Connor 27 December 2013

To celebrate all the lovely video blog shizzle that we’ve been giving you this year – here is a selection of bloopers from Mark Searby, who is never even the tiniest bit afraid to look silly in the name of film worship…as it should be. To look back over our video blog action please do […]

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In Review: The Long Goodbye (1973) on Blu-ray

by Christina Newland 23 December 2013

British distributor Arrow Films have re-released Robert Altman’s revisionist noir, The Long Goodbye, on Blu-ray. Starring Elliot Gould as a PI by the name of Philip Marlowe, Gould picks up where Bogart left off in his portrayal of Chandler’s anti-hero. Updated to 1973, Marlowe wanders the streets of Malibu; a lonely figure set against the […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: ‘You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat’

by Maryann O'Connor 20 December 2013

Mark Searby chats to film quiz extraordinaire Simon Williams about his popular quiz night ‘You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat’. Here we learn about a great many film quiz-related issues and discover exactly what neuroscience and microbiology have to do with the world of film (clue: not much). Anyone who needs the quiz title reference explaining […]

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In Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by Daniel Goodwin 19 December 2013

Despite not relating to Christmas in any way, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty feels like a near perfect film for the season with its life-affirming messages, light hearted fantasy and, er, large abundance of snow. It is also a remarkable leap forward for Ben Stiller, whose last  effort in the director’s chair yielded the […]

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In Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

by Martyn Conterio 16 December 2013

Things aren’t looking too good for Ron Burgundy. In the opening scene of Anchorman 2, the newsreader/living legend is fired and the missus, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), gets a top promotion. Burgundy, like a petulant child having a hissy fit in the supermarket, leaves his wife and embarks on the booze-soaked road to self-destruction. Not […]

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Issue 12 In Print: Order Yours Today!

by Helen Cox 13 December 2013

Issue 12, our Locations In Film Edition, is now available to order online. This issue is effervescent with topical film features that demystify the BFI Film Fund, debate whether U.S. movie conventions are better than their U.K. counterparts, explore whether casting unknown actors is prudent and examine Lady Gaga’s future in the film industry. All […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 December 2013

To celebrate the release of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-ray, Mark Searby discusses some of the most memorable moments from this 1986 genre-busting favourite. For more video blogs check out the New Empress Youtube page here: NewEmpressMagazine

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In Review: Tenebrae (1982) on Blu-ray

by Neil Sheppard 12 December 2013

Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982) is a fascinatingly meta-textual movie; both in that it’s a mystery thriller focused on the conventions of mystery thrillers, especially the Italian giallo, and that it’s partially autobiographical. The film is based on Argento’s experience with a stalker and his dealings with the mainstream press (who have hounded the auteur for […]

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Nordic Film Festival 2013: My Stuff

by Maryann O'Connor 12 December 2013

When you see Petri Luukkainen running through the snowy streets in the altogether within the first few minutes of My Stuff, you may wonder if this Finnish documentary about a dude trying to find meaning in his life might be a little off the wall.

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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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