BFI Flare 2014: London LGBT Film Festival Preview

by Maryann O'Connor 20 March 2014

Today marks the beginning of eleven days of the most inclusive film programming you could hope to find on the riverside of this fair city, BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. Tonight sees the European premiere of Lilting; a study of communication and grief by director Hong Khaou with cinematography by Sundance award winning Ula […]

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In Review: Wake In Fright (1971) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 19 March 2014

Depicting Australian machismo, mateship and the rough-and-tumble etiquette of an outback mining town as an almost Kafkaesque fable, Wake in Fright deserves the accolade ‘masterpiece’ – an over-used term for sure, but without a doubt totally justified, here.

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In Review: Empire State (2013) on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 18 March 2014

Following recent turns in The Expendables 2 (2012) and The Hunger Games films, Liam Hemsworth (brother of Thor) slinks into DTV fair playing dim-wit wannabe cop turned security guard Chris Potamitis in this flat and lacklustre action drama.

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In Review: Veronica Mars

by Martyn Conterio 13 March 2014

Veronica Mars lasted three seasons before the network pulled the plug. It’s no Firefly-like disaster, but it still hurt. Veronica Mars died an early death, there’s no two ways about it. Series creator Rob Thomas, however, refused to let his creation vanish into popular culture history without a proper send-off. It took more than a […]

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In Review: Muppets Most Wanted

by Martyn Conterio 12 March 2014

It is a universally acknowledged truth that a hit movie must be in want of a sequel. Technically, as Dr. Bunsen Honeydew points out in the film’s toe-tapping opener, this is actually the seventh sequel (discounting the TV movies).

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In Review: Under the Skin

by Daniel Goodwin 12 March 2014

Following a decade-long absence from our screens, Jonathan Glazer, director of Sexy Beast (2000) and Birth (2004), returns with a unique mix of sci-fi, horror and documentary realism. Under The Skin (based on the novel by Michel Faber), sees vapid temptress Laura (Scarlett Johansson) luring men back to a dilapidated, Glaswegian lair (with an en-suite swimming pool of […]

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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 […]

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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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