Camille Claudel 1915: Portrait of the Artist as an Abandoned Person

by Martyn Conterio 21 June 2014

Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) isn’t remotely interested in the routine trajectory of biopics which take as their subject ‘the troubled artist’. It is a chamber piece drama about a brother and sister both inflicted with forms of insanity. The latest picture to be released in the UK by Bruno Dumont stars Juliette Binoche in the […]

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Adam Wingard’s The Guest To Open Film4 FrightFest

by Martyn Conterio 20 June 2014

Hear ye, hear ye! Film4 FrightFest 2014 will be kicking off five days of horror and genre cinema appreciation with Adam Wingard’s The Guest. The director of A Horrible Way To Die and You’re Next is a fast-rising talent in the movie world. As with his previous movies, The Guest has been penned by Simon […]

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In Review: The Art of the Steal

by Daniel Goodwin 20 June 2014

Kurt Russell has been away from cinemas since Death Proof (2007) but what better a role to see him return than as an art thieving motorcycle daredevil. Unfortunately The Art of the Steal is not geared for revitalising careers or sub-genres as such but is a gratifying crime romp reminiscent of 90s post-Tarantino heist flicks.

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In Review: Jersey Boys

by Mairéad Roche 18 June 2014

Based on the successful Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood directs a screen adaptation focused on the rise to fame of a quartet of Italian-Americans who became pop sensations as The Four Seasons. Anyone who has ever listened to the radio will be familiar with their hits such as ‘Walk Like A Man’ and ‘Sherry’.

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In Review: Nashville (1975) on Blu-ray

by Christina Newland 18 June 2014

Robert Altman’s ragged epic of American public life is both a jangling musical (there’s an hour’s worth of songs) and a drama with 24 main characters. The director’s knack for overlapping dialogue and tapestry-style grandiosity brings a flavour of organised chaos to proceedings. Both vast and intimate, Nashville is a bitterly funny satire laced with […]

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Nell Dunn, Ken Loach and Up the Junction (1965)

by Maryann O'Connor 13 June 2014

Nell Dunn wrote Up the Junction, her first book, based upon her experiences and overheard conversation while living in 1960s Battersea. The reception of her work was such that she was asked to adapt her work for inclusion in the BBC’s The Wednesday Play series by the young Kenneth Loach, as he was then titled.

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In Preview: East End Film Festival 2014

by Maryann O'Connor 12 June 2014

We here present you with the New Empress Preview guide to the East End Film Festival 2014 (running 13-27 June), complete with sort-of personalised classifications. Included are: One Rogue Reporter; Whispers Behind the Wall; Here and Now; You and the Night; A Message to the World; Lilting; Blue Caprice; and The Long Good Friday. Enjoy your […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Porky’s (1982)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 June 2014

Here are some musings on ‘the worst film of 1982′. Love it or loathe it, Porky’s made an impact. More New Empress Video Blog things

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In Review: Cuban Fury on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 11 June 2014

Nick Frost had a idea about him playing a man who danced a lot and sent it to longtime collaborator, producer Nira Park, who promptly told him to sod off because if Simon Pegg wasn’t involved then no one would want to know. Obviously that didn’t really happen and what we have here is a […]

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In Review: Camp Dread on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 11 June 2014

The revolutionary power in the democratisation of digital technology, much like when 8mm film cameras were introduced as weekend play things and with which many burgeoning directors, often as kids, learned the very basics of their craft, is that anybody can get a few bucks together, make a movie and cut it on their PC […]

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Win A Blu-ray Bundle And Signed Poster With The Release Of T.S. Spivet

by Martyn Conterio 10 June 2014

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s beautiful T.S. Spivet is released in UK cinemas on Friday 13th June and to celebrate, we’ve got a very special package to giveaway to one lucky winner. The package includes the Director’s previous films Amelie and Micmacs on Blu-ray, a copy of the novel and a T.S. Spivet film poster signed by Jean-Pierre […]

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