Derby Film Festival 2014 Report

by Christina Newland 20 May 2014

2014 was the inaugural year for Derby Film Festival, the new incarnation of what was previously Derby’s IDFest. This year’s theme – technology – has been loosely interpreted by the programmers as a springing board for various types of cinematic innovation. From the totalitarian sci-fi of 1984 to the depiction of the leap from silent […]

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Horror Masterpiece Livid To Make UK TV Premiere on Horror Channel

by Martyn Conterio 19 May 2014

Once in a while, a horror movie comes along that you properly fall in love with. Like, head-over-heels-let’s-get-married-immediately kind of love. Epic and true love! Livid is such a movie that made this critic swoon and turned blind opinion into what felt like axiomatic truth. The second feature film by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo […]

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In Review: The Piano (1993) on Blu-ray

by Neil Sheppard 19 May 2014

Ada (Holly Hunter), the protagonist of Jane Campion’s 1993 Palme D’or winner, The Piano, is a triple threat to the 1800s society she’s born into. Not only is she a single mother, she’s also a mute, but doesn’t have the ‘decency’ to be ashamed of it. Ada’s “voice” is her piano; a tool that allows […]

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In Review: The Two Faces of January

by Maryann O'Connor 16 May 2014

Starring man of the moment Oscar Isaac (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst are also in there), adapted from the novel written by Patricia ‘intrigue and swindle are my middle names’ Highsmith and directed by Drive (2011) writer Hossein Amini, The Two Faces of January definitely has good form in my book.

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In Review: Godzilla

by Martyn Conterio 15 May 2014

The film industry reacted to the wartime bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the creature feature. Pulpy sci-fi tales (of varying budgets) featured humans, insects and reptiles mutated to gargantuan sizes stomping over towns and cities, all thanks to pesky radioactive leaks and misuse of science and technology. The subtext – an updating of the […]

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In Review: Touchy Feely

by Ben Nicholson 15 May 2014

It is healing hands that lie at the heart of Touchy Feely, the new film from lauded mumblecore veteran, Lynn Shelton. Bromance had been her most successful subject matter until she dropped the ‘b’ for 2011’s Your Sister’s Sister, which focused on siblings caught in a pseudo-love triangle. There are similar complications in her uneven […]

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In Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

by Martyn Conterio 15 May 2014

Bryan Singer bailed on X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) in order to make long-time passion project, the disappointing Superman Returns (2006). Therefore, the X-Men trilogy ended on a bum note, thanks mostly to Brett Ratner’s bland take on what should have been the Gone with the Wind of superhero movies. It’s with pleasure to report, […]

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In Review: Ninja: Shadow of a Tear on DVD

by Josh Slater-Williams 14 May 2014

Isaac Florentine’s direct-to-video film Ninja (2009) introduced the character of Casey Bowman (Scott Adkins), an American orphan raised in a martial arts dojo in Japan, who is tasked with protecting an armoured chest of ancient weapons in New York. Ostensibly a sequel, Ninja: Shadow of a Tear is set in Japan, Thailand and the jungles […]

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Shortcuts To Hell Competition Returns

by Martyn Conterio 14 May 2014

Horror Channel, FrightFest and Movie Mogul have teamed up again, with new partner Wildseed Studios to run once more, with feeling their Shortcuts To Hell competition. The winning entrant will have their movie made by Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios ‘with a minimum cash production fund of £20,000′. Not too shabby. The movie will also […]

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In Review: Unfaithfully Yours (1948) on DVD

by Christina Newland 13 May 2014

Suicide, adultery and murder with a straight razor? Preston Sturges was one of the brave few directors to take these subjects as suitable for schizoid slapstick comedy. Simply Media’s re-release of his delightfully weird 1948 film, Unfaithfully Yours, features all of the above.

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In Review: Four Men and a Prayer (1938) on DVD

by Josh Slater-Williams 13 May 2014

Featuring early roles for David Niven and George Sanders, the brisk drama Four Men and a Prayer (1938) proves most notable as a stepping stone for director John Ford. Released in 1938, the film came one year before his trifecta of Oscar-nominated successes in 1939

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