Issue 10: The Big Question – Win Film Goodies!

by Helen Cox 29 March 2013

Issue 10 of New Empress Magazine will be our time issue and consequently we’ll be looking at various ways in which time is used in film. Each issue we ask contributors and readers a Big Question about the movies. Leave your answer to our Big Question in the comments box below and the cream of […]

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The Immortals: Rudolph Valentino in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

by Martyn Conterio 28 March 2013

Was Italian-born screen sensation, Rudolph Valentino, the original metrosexual? According to a vehement tabloid attack by Chicago Tribune, in July 1926, Rudy’s appreciation of cosmetics and fashion were tantamount to the fall of masculinity. The report notes masculinity all but ended when dudes quit the straight razor for the new-fangled type with a safety guard. […]

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Book Review: The Unkindest Cut by Joe Queenan

by Helen Cox 28 March 2013

Unless, like me, you have closely followed the work of Guardian critic Joe Queenan it’s quite possible that you’ve never heard of The Unkindest Cut. Originally published in 1996, the book tells of Queenan’s attempt to follow in the footsteps of Robert Rodriguez who reportedly made his feature debut, El Mariarchi (1992) for $7000. Spurred […]

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In Review: The Inside on DVD

by Vicki Cole 27 March 2013

When five female friends break into an abandoned warehouse to celebrate a birthday, the celebration quickly turns sour when three violent hobos disturb the party, terrifying and violating the women. Unbeknownst to all, there is something even nastier lurking in the warehouse.

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In Review: Frances Ha

by Helen Cox 27 March 2013

Shot in monochrome and set in New York, one might be forgiven for mistaking Frances Ha for a sequel to Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979). While there are definite nods to Allen’s idealised vision of New York this picture is less-concerned with romantic entanglements, something of an obsession for Woody, and instead explores friendship and personal growth.

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In Review: Side Effects

by Adam Vaughan 26 March 2013

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects begins as a psycho-thriller that craftily mutates as you watch it, turning out to be something quite different.

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Films That Time Forgot: It Could Happen To You (1994)

by Helen Cox 26 March 2013

Just as the National Lottery launched in the UK, and every man, woman, child and dog began heated discussions about how they’d spend their winnings, a sweetly-scripted romance starring Nicholas Cage, Bridget Fonda and Rosie Perez hit the big screen. It Could Happen To You is actually based on a real-life incident that occurred in […]

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The Empress Speaks: On the Sanitation of Violence in the 12A Movie-Verse

by Helen Cox 25 March 2013

I recently spent a good three hours sobbing my heart out in the darkest corner of New Empress HQ; clutching my John McClane action figure like it was the last thing I had in the world. Why? I’d just received the news that A Good Day to Die Hard had been granted a 12A certificate. You see, I’m an […]

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In Review: Stoker

by Adam Vaughan 22 March 2013

Stoker is one of those rare films that I liked without fully understanding the reasons why. It festers in the mind for days after, until finally one realises that what Park Chan-wook has achieved is a blistering exercise in using cinematic syntax in order to completely unnerve the viewer.

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In Review: The Paperboy

by Adam Vaughan 21 March 2013

Lee Daniels’s follow-up to the mightily impressive Precious is a sweaty and sordid slice of noir as unpredictable as it is bonkers. This might make The Paperboy sound pretty good. It isn’t.

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In Review: Dragon

by Matt Turner 20 March 2013

Peter Chan’s Dragon (titled Wu Xia for the Chinese release) blends a detective narrative with martial arts action without doing great service to either genre. As an unlikely hybrid of influences, it is enjoyable. The film tracks one Liu Jin-Xi (Donnie Yen,) a paper craftsman under suspicion from detective-cum-acupuncturist Xu Bai-Jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) after he […]

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