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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Director Simon Rumley Joins Shortcuts To Hell 2 Competition Panel

by Martyn Conterio 9 June 2014

Last month we gave you the lowdown on the return of the film-making competition: Shortcuts To Hell. Joining the jury panel with Total Film’s acting editor Rosie Fletcher, Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth, Film4 FrightFest’s Paul McEvoy, Wildseed Studio’s Jesse Cleverly and Movie Mogul dude John Shackleton, is lauded director Simon Rumley (The Living and […]

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In Review: Miss Violence

by Ben Nicholson 6 June 2014

Two girls in white dresses navigate a dimly lit hallway, and emerge into the awkward birthday celebration that introduces Alexandros Avranas’ unpleasant chamber piece, Miss Violence. As the family celebrate, Leonard Cohen’s holocaust-inspired “Dance Me to the End of Love” ominously fills the room and birthday girl, 11-year-old Angeliki (Chloe Bolota), quietly clambers over the […]

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In Review: Garden of Evil (1954) on DVD

by Mark Searby 5 June 2014

20th Century Fox used this western as one of their first forays into the studios new process of Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound. Three fortune hunters find themselves stranded in rural Mexico. They are recruited by a beautiful female who offers up a reward to rescue her husband from a cave located in Apache territory. Henry […]

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