In Review: Filth

by Maryann O'Connor 27 September 2013

Irvine Welsh’s books seem to be very readily adaptable. He creates colourful and likeable  [but conflicted] characters despite their grey and depressing settings and Filth is no exception to that rule. Of course, the nimbly written screenplay and direction of Jon S. Baird does help in that regard. As does James McAvoy’s ability to carry […]

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In Review: The Moth Diaries on DVD

by Lauren Harrison 26 September 2013

Oh, Mary Harron… Where did it all go wrong? From start to finish, ‘The Moth Diaries’ is a confusing clash of genres and clichés

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In Review: Convoy 35th Anniversary Edition (1978) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 25 September 2013

Sam Peckinpah’s penultimate film, Convoy (1978), was based on a country/pop song by C.W. McCall. People today complain about movies that are based on 1980s toys (Transformers) … but a chart-topping ditty about the joys of trucking?! Heck.

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In Review: Blue Jasmine

by Daniel Goodwin 25 September 2013

Woody Allen’s films have radically fluctuated in quality over the years but, considering how prolific he is, it is also understandable. Even in the 1970s and 1980s lesser efforts such as Interiors (1978), Stardust Memories (1980) and Another Woman (1988) arrived amongst more celebrated works. With forty-four features in nearly fifty years, Allen’s films are […]

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Our Issue 11 Cover Unveiled!

by Helen Cox 24 September 2013

Issue 11 is themed around Transport and is out on Friday 11th October. Pre-order / subscribe today to get yours first.

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In Review: From Up on Poppy Hill on DVD

by Alan Simmons 24 September 2013

Hiyao Miyazaki’s son, Goro, returned to the director’s chair for what is the 17th feature film from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli. With Miyazaki Jr. probably still smarting from the reception of Tales From Earthsea and the recent news that his dad is retiring (again), does From Up On Poppy Hill show that he’s ready to […]

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In Review: Everybody Has a Plan on DVD

by Amanda Keats 23 September 2013

Everybody Has a Plan (Todos Tenemos Un Plan) really belongs to the film’s star, Viggo Mortensen. The ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor shows off his Spanish-language skills here as he portrays estranged twin brothers, Agustín and Pedro.

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In Interview: Sam Dunn, Head of Video Publishing at BFI Flipside

by Martyn Conterio 23 September 2013

With the release of Saxon Logan’s Sleepwalker on Monday 23rd September, courtesy of the BFI’s Flipside distribution arm, New Empress interviewed Sam Dunn, Head of Video Publishing, to discuss the label and the release of the forgotten 1980s British horror-satire.

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In Review: Van Gogh (1991) on Blu-ray

by Ben Nicholson 23 September 2013

Imagine, if you will, a leisurely stroll through a picturesque landscape in the French countryside; the vista is a vision, the ambience tranquil. This is largely how one feels when in the company of Maurice Pialat’s ruminative biopic the famous Dutch painter, Van Gogh (1991), which has been exceptionally restored for its Blu-ray release as […]

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In Review: Breakout (2011) on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 20 September 2013

Sometimes you are able to tell that a particular film is going to be good within the first five minutes. That is also the case for some bad films.

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In Review: Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) on Blu-ray

by Daniel Goodwin 20 September 2013

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s stunning, avant-garde examination of the role of women in 1970s Britain is equally mesmeric as it is complex; addressing a range of issues from female identity in a male dominated society to concerns about the state of inner-city childcare.

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