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My Beautiful Laundrette by James-Masaki Ryan (18th August 2017)

“My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985) Omar (played by Gordon Warnecke) is living in London with his father Hussein (played by Roshan Seth) who is currently bedridden. To give his son an opportunity to work prior to sending him to university he calls his younger brother Nasser (played by Saeed Jaffrey) who is a local entrepreneur. Omar is given an opportunity by his uncle to head the local launderette which is in terrible shape. It’s a dirty place that is losing money with delinquents hanging around and in a dilapidated building. In a chance meeting on the street, he runs into Johnny (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) an old friend from his youth who is living a life as a petty troublemaker on the streets. He has his small gang of hoodlums that he hangs out with, but sees that meeting with Omar again can lead to an actual job and a better life, especially with the offer of helping to reconstruct the struggling laundrette. But Johnny’s gang is not happy that their white friend is suddenl...


Electric Dreams by Eric Cotenas (17th August 2017)

When his boss (Raiders of the Lost Ark's Don Fellows) comes down on him for his lack of punctuality, technologically-inept architect Miles Harding (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me's Lenny von Dohlen) is advised to get himself an electronic organizer but he is upsold a high-end personal computer that is capable of running all the appliances in his San Francisco brownstone apartment from security to the coffee maker. He and the computer do not get off to a good start until he discovers that it's processing capabilities could help him in his design of a new kind of brick for earthquake-proof construction (it does seem difficult in these days to believe that an architect at a top firm might be completely ignorant of computer automated drafting even in its then-primitive form). Hacking into his company's computer bank nearly causes his own computer to overheat from the massive memory dump but it seems to enhance the abilities of the processor ...


Guns at Batasi (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (17th August 2017)

Guns at Batasi (John Guillermin, 1964) In the African district of Batasi, demonstrations are organised in support of the rebel leader Jobila. The area has recently been freed from British colonial rule, though remnants of the British army remain at the headquarters of the 2nd Battalion of African Rifles in an advisory role, training and assisting the local troops. The British troops are under the control of Colonel Deal (Jack Hawkins) and are anticipating the arrival of British Member of Parliament Miss Barker-Wise (Flora Robson), who is sympathetic towards the pro-Jobila rebels. The troops are kept in line by Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Lauderdale (Richard Attenborough). Lauderdale is fixated on protocol and tradition, reflecting on the glory days of the empire. In the sergeants’ mess, the other sergeants remove the Queen’s portrait from the rear wall for a joke and place bets on how long it will take Lauderdale to notice its absence; of course, Lauderdale spots it immediately. ‘You may think you know me, gentlemen; you may think you can see me coming...


Absolutely Anything by Robert Segedy (17th August 2017)

Don’t you hate when you see a film that looks like it should deliver the goods because it has an all-star cast, and then it turns out to be a complete waste of time and money? Look no further my friend, because this is it. Talk about a waste of talent: Simon Pegg, the voice over talents of the Monty Python troupe reuniting for the first time in 20 years, and it is the last film featuring the brilliant Robin Williams before his untimely demise. Throw in the talents of comedians Eddie Izzard, Rob Riggle, and direction by Terry Jones who previously directed comedy classics "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) and "Life of Brian" (1979) and you should expect to have a veritable laugh fest... but you don’t. The plot which features an ordinary bloke, Neil (Simon Pegg), chosen by a gathering of intergalactic beings, voiced by the ex-Pythons, is to be the deciding factor as to whether or not Earth and its inhabitants are blown to bits. This may ha...


Correspondence by Robert Segedy (17th August 2017)

I couldn’t help but think what a director like Alfred Hitchcock could have done with the material of Giuseppe Tornatore's latest film, "Correspondence". As I watched this film I kept thinking about Hitchcock’s masterpiece of frustrated desire, "Vertigo" (1958), and how this film could have used a dose of the master’s expertise to make it more effective. We begin with a passionate embrace between lovers Professor Ed Phoerum (Jeremy Irons) and his student Amy Ryan (Olga Kurylrnko); the duo are preparing for another period of being separated from each other again, but the flames of romance seem to be burning just fine, despite Phoerum being married and having a family, but also being a great deal older than his student. Perhaps a dose of Hitchcock’s trademark suspense was needed to liven up this film which tends to be more on the weepy side of things. Not that there’s anything wrong with a nice sad romantic film, but fans of that genre may be left wondering what went wrong with Tornatore’s efforts? And that brings us to the main issue her...


I Am the Blues by Robert Segedy (17th August 2017)

"Let me tell you somethin'. A lotta times, it ain't good, it ain't bad. It's what you have." - Bobby Rush. The blues are a purely American musical form with its origins in a genre created by African Americans in the deep south around the end of the 19th century; the blues incorporated many different sources to create its unique sound including work songs, spirituals, field hollers, chants, and calls and response. Many of the traits of blues music can be directly traced to the music of Africa. Even though the term, “To have the Blues” usually is defined as being sad, “its origin can be traced to a specific chord progression that originated in the 19th Century in the American South from black slaves.” In "I am the Blues", Canadian filmmaker Daniel Cross captures what it means to have the blues with authentic musicians that don’t even think about retiring or stopping no matter what their age is. Three years in the making, Cross and his crew visit the deep south, to preserve on film, what the blues means to the folks that helped create that sound through their conversations, stories and memories of hard times, lost loves, and...


Who's Crazy? by Eric Cotenas (16th August 2017)

Working in conjunction with the company of The Living Theater, who had gotten into some trouble with the New York authorities and were currently looking for work in Paris while garrisoned at a farmhouse in Belgium, Paris-based American artists Thomas White and Allan Zion – the former having worked as an assistant to director Roger Vadim (And God Created Woman) – undertook a wildly experimental farce that asks the titular question Who's Crazy? as a group of asylum inmates escape a broken-down bus into the snowy countryside. Taking shelter in an abandoned farmhouse (with a curiously well-stocked larder), the inmates improvise complex rituals around the basics of making fire, cooking, and finding water (even going so far as to convene a court to determine the punishment for their lone mute member when he cannot or will not tell them the location of the source) to the free jazz of Ornette Coleman


Panic in the Streets (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (16th August 2017)

Panic in the Streets (Elia Kazan, 1950) During a card game, ailing Armenian immigrant Kochak (Lewis Charles), who has arrived in New Orleans after stowing away on the commercial ship Nile Queen, provokes the ire of hoodlum Blackie (Jack Palance, in his first feature film role). Aided by his hangers-on Fitch (Zero Mostel) and Poldi (Tommy Cook), Blackie pursues Kochak through the maze of warehouses near the port, finally cornering the Armenian and killing him. Kochak’s body is discovered the next day and taken to the morgue, where it is discovered that Kochak was infected with pneumonic plague, the pulmonary variant of bubonic plague. Dr Clinton Reed (Richard Widmark), an employee of US Public Health Service, is called away from his family – wife Nancy (Barbara Bel Geddes) and young son Tommy (Tommy Rettig)...


Behind the Mask: The Batman Dead End Story by Robert Segedy (14th August 2017)

Way back in 2003, Sandy Collora set the world on its ear by unveiling his version of a Batman film, done the right way, at Comic Con in San Diego. Kevin Smith said the film was “possibly the truest, best Batman movie ever made”. You would think that this would be his ticket to ride, that Hollywood would be clamoring to sign this young upstart to direct a whole bunch of films, but that didn’t happen. So what did happen? Thanks to filmmaker Eric S. Dow, the story can now be told. Filmed in 4 days’ time with a modest budget of $30,000 dollars, Collora and friends went on to direct a 8 minutes long fan film that had The Joker escape from the Arkham Asylum only to confront the Batman, but that wasn’t the only guest appearance. Suddenly there appear three creatures from the film "Alien" (1979), as well as the monster from "Predator" (1987) show up to even the score. This was a first; after Hollywood had produced the abysmal "Batman and Robin" in 1997 and effectively killed the franchis...


Railroad Tigers by Robert Segedy (14th August 2017)

A humble railway porter named Ma Yung (Jackie Chang) is in actuality the leader of a secret covert group of rebels known as "The Railroad Tigers"; he along with a ragtag group of freedom fighting operatives use their in depth knowledge of the railway systems to ambush the Japanese soldiers and to steal supplies for the starving Chinese villagers. Sort of a low tech “Mission Impossible” (1996), this group of patriotic misfits fight for justice, but instead of firearms they utilize whatever is at hand, including shovels, hammers, and loose railway tracks. This film utilizes as a backdrop the Japanese invasion of the East Chinese providences in the early 1940’s to show the struggle that the Chinese underwent while opposing their enemies. A period piece of filmmaking, the film takes place during December, 1941, and incorporates the use of a historic locomotive as a major set piece. The group is not concerned with risking life and limb with these missions, but that all changes when a fleeing Chinese soldier stumbles upon the house of Auntie Qin (Xu Fan) where Ma Yung is staying and asks to be hid from the pursuing Japanese army. The soldier ...


AVGN X3 by James-Masaki Ryan (12th August 2017)

“AVGN X3”: Episodes 115-140 (2013-2016) What was the world like before the Internet came along? Future generations may never know the true answer to that question, but what they will know is that before Twitch, before Let’s Plays and before “Retro Gaming” was a thing, there were in fact people that played video games on their own at home without the world being able to see your progress. No leaderboards, no interactive online community, just pop in the game and experience a world of fun and frustration. With the age of the Internet and the rise of YouTube, gaming and retro gaming in particular started to rise in popularity, and the webseries “The Angry Video Game Nerd” captured the hearts of millions worldwide with his video reviews of badly made retro games. Swearing and destruction galore, the episodes were crafted as mini-movies with impressive production value well above the usual YouTube fare. 2014 was an especially busy year for Rolfe, focusing on the 10th anniversary of the series which led to the theatrical film “The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie”. 2015 was another busy year focusing o...


People in the Slum by James-Masaki Ryan (11th August 2017)

“People in the Slum” <꼬방동네 사람들> (1982) Myeong-sook (played by Kim Bo-yeon) is not living the ideal life while taking care of her son Jun-il. Her second husband Tae-sub (played by Kim Hee-ra) is more interested in gambling than saving money for the family and recognizes Jun-il as a step-son rather than his own to take care of. The adolescent Jun-il is always getting into trouble for stealing which is having a harsh affect on Myeong-suk’s reputation. Their lives are within a neighborhood slum, where everyone lives in poverty yet with some idea of community. There may be quarrels and bad behavior, but the community can get together when necessary, such as the 60th birthday of a neighbor. A taxi driver named Ju-seok (played by Ahn Sung-ki) spots Myeong-sook while driving one day, and eventually follows her into the slum. He is none other than her former husband, who had been incarcerated for petty theft crimes for a few years. Ju-seok wants to be part of her life again as well...


Sopyonje by James-Masaki Ryan (11th August 2017)

"Sopyonje" <서편제(西便制)> (1993) In the post Korean War era, there was very little interest in the musical art of Pansori - a traditional Korean style of music and singing. With society becoming more interested in western music and modern music the art was dying, but not everyone was following the trend. Dong-ho (played by Jo Jae-hyeon / Kim Kyu-chul) and Songhwa (played by Oh Jung-hae) were orphaned children being taken care of by Yubong (played by Kim Myung-gon)- a vagabond Pansori singer. Throughout the years his stance on strictness with the performances were traumatizing. Tears were common in the children's eyes as well as emotional breakdowns. For Dong-ho he did not feel completely connected to the music and had a lot of trouble getting accustomed to the traditional being taught. Songhwa was determined to shape her voice to the ideal tone that Yubong wished though she sometimes lacked true confidence. People hear their music an...


Clash AKA Eshtebak (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (11th August 2017)

Clash (Mohamed Diab, 2016) Set in 2013, during the military coup in Egypt which ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and replaced him with General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisis, Clash takes place entirely in a police van in which a group of pro-military protestors and members of the Muslim Brotherhood are held pending transportation to a detainment facility with the space to accommodate them. Since the 2013 coup, Sisi’s tenure as President of Egypt has seen the country’s military forces hold increasing power and it has also resulted in an increased clampdown on dissident groups – in particular, the Muslim Brotherhood, supporters of Morsi. Along with hundreds of other Morsi supporters, 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death in March 2014 in response to an attack upon a police station. Clash opens with a shot of the empty interior of the van, the camera positioned behind the driver’s cab facing towards the rear doors. The film outlines the historical context of the narrative briefly vi...


Hunt (The) AKA Jagten (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (9th August 2017)

The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012) Following his divorce, forty-two year old former schoolteacher Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) has taken up a new position at a nursery school in a small Danish town. Popular with the children, Lucas is also friends with many of their parents, who are mostly of a similar age to himself. However, Lucas is involved in a messy battle with his ex-wife Kirsten over the custody of his teenaged son Marcus. Kirsten mocks Lucas’ job as a nursery school teacher, and insists that Lucas may only see his son once every other weekend. One day, whilst visiting the local shops, Lucas sees five year old Klara (Annika Wedderkopp), the daughter of Lucas’ friend Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen). Klara has run away from home. Lucas returns Klara to her parents. It seems that Klara and her older brother Torsten (Sebastian Bull Sarning) have very little parental supervision, and that evening Torsten is with a friend, looking at pornography on a tablet computer. Torsten briefly shows the tablet screen to Klara, his friend joking about the pornographic actor’s penis, which he comp...


The Last Witness by James-Masaki Ryan (6th August 2017)

“The Last Witness”<최후의 증인 / 最後의 證人> (1980) Detective Oh Byeong-ho (played by Hah Myung-joong) is on the case of the murder of Yang Dalsoo (plyaed by Lee Dae-keun), a brewery owner and family man. Able to close various cases in his unorthodox but effective ways, the murder of a seemingly ordinary man turns into a case much deeper and much longer than Oh or the senior police staff could see coming. When confronting Yang’s widow and son as well as the townsfolk, they tell him to look further back - a few decade ago in Munchang. There was much more to the story than a simple murder as the clues dated back to the Korean War. Commander Son (played by Choi Seong-ho) was the leader of a communist rebel group hiding in the mountains. But with his execution by his own men, the leadership and morals of the group start to fall apart. Soldier Kang Malho (played by Hyun Kil-soo) tries to take care of the dead commander’s daughter Son...


The Hippopotamus by Eric Cotenas (6th August 2017)

After video of his drunken outburst at a 300-influenced performance of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" – which he describes as "loose-stooled effluent" – goes viral, former poet Ted Wallace (The Queen's Roger Allam) also becomes a former drama critic. Finding himself spent when attempting to turn "blood into ink" with another poem, Ted fortuitously runs into beautiful Jane (The Inbetweeners Movie 2's Emily Berrington) – the daughter of his former lover Rebecca (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's Geraldine Somerville) who he publically humiliated on television – who has an unusual proposition for him. She reveals that she was diagnosed with leukemia and given three months to live but she believes herse...


The Devil's Backbone by James-Masaki Ryan (5th August 2017)

“The Devil’s Backbone” (“El Espinazo del Diablo”) (2001) During the midst of the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos’ father is off fighting with the rebel forces. Taken to a boy’s orphanage in the middle of nowhere and left there by his tutor, Carlos (played by Fernando Tielve) must endure a life at the desolate and isolated place along with a group of other boys less fortunate. Some become immediate friends as Carlos has comics with him. Others such as the older Jaime (played by Íñigo Garcés) is a bullying leader seeing himself as a force of power among the children. Overseeing the orphanage is a group of adults. Casares (played by Federico Luppi) is a doctor. Carmen (played by Marisa Paredes) is the headmistress. Jacinto (played by Eduardo Noriega) is the groundskeeper. Conchita (played by Irene Visedo) is a teacher. While the boys are receiving strict care at the institute,...


Beggars of Life by Eric Cotenas (4th August 2017)

Handsome young tramp Jim (Island of Lost Souls' Richard Arlen) happens upon a homestead hoping to work for a meal, only to find the owner dead. Adopted orphan Nancy (Diary of a Lost Girl's Louise Brooks) claims that she shot accidently him while fending off his assault. Not wanting to get involved but taking sympathy on the girl (who has dressed herself in men's clothing to run away), freight train-hopping Jim plans to put her on an eastbound train while he makes his own way to Canada. When Nancy is unable to hop aboard the passing train, Jim decides to take her with him as the police will be less likely to find her in Canada. They hop another train but are caught and Nancy injures her ankle when she is shoved off the train by the conductor (who mistakes her for a boy). When Jim notices a wanted poster with Nancy's photograph, they seek anonymity in a hobo camp who are all planning to hop the next passing train. Nancy manages to pass h...


J'accuse by James-Masaki Ryan (30th July 2017)

“J’accuse” (1938) After four years of lengthy war a ceasefire has been declared, leading the French soldiers home to their loved ones. Though not all are fortunate enough to return home. Jean Diaz (played by Victor Francen) is able to return but his best friend and comrade François Laurin (played by Marcel Delaître) was not one of the fortunate souls. The shellshocked and injured Jean reunites with François’s grieving wife Edith (played by Line Noro) and daughter Helene (played by Renée Devillers) to console them and try to help with their needs. A difficult relationship follows in the peaceful years as Jean and Edith had an affair while she and François were married before the war, which Jean ultimately confessed to his best friend on the battlefield. But with the guilt of surviving the horror of war and for his best friend’s memory, he decides not to continue a physical relationship, living his life as a glassmaker alone. As the years go by and society is at peace, ther...


Song to Song by Eric Cotenas (28th July 2017)

Long estranged from his father and worried about the security of his mother (The Good Wife's Linda Emond) and troubled younger brother (Far From the Madding Crowd's Tom Sturridge), BV (Drive's Ryan Gosling) arrives from the Midwest to become a singer and is picked up by music mogul Cook (Shame's Michael Fassbender) who introduces him to the possibilities and pleasures of fame. Faye (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Rooney Mara) also came to Austin to become a musician but has only gotten as far as Cook's bed, passing...


Pulse AKA Kairo AKA The Circuit (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (26th July 2017)

Kairo / Pulse / Circuit (Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2001) Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s Kairo (known in English as Pulse, the title under which it has been released on this new Blu-ray from Arrow Video, and also as Circuit) was one of the most interesting films within the boom in ‘J-horror’ films that took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s, following the international successes of films such as Nakata Hideo’s The Ring (1998), Miike Takashi’s Audition (1998) and Shimizu Takashi’s Ju-On: The Grudge (2002). Like those films, Pulse was subjected to an American remake (in 2006, directed by Jim Sonzero). Pulse also saw an unofficial remake in Turkey (D@bbe, directed by Hasan Karacag), released the same year as the US remake. Pulse tells the parallel narratives of two young people, Michi and Kawashima. These two narrativ...


Your Name. by James-Masaki Ryan (26th July 2017)

“Your Name.” 「君の名は。」 (2016) Mitsuha (played by Mone Kamishiaishi) is a high school girl living in Itamori, a mountainside town by a lake in rural Japan. Living with her younger sister Yotsuha (played by Kanon Tani) and their grandmother (played by Etsuko Ishihara), they are priestesses at the local shrine preparing for the annual festival happening in twenty days time. While trying to balance school life and practicing rituals for the ceremonies, she is also having a difficult relationship with her father (played by Masaki Terasoma) - the incumbent mayor of the town. Strict to his townsfolk, he also has an estranged relationship with his daughters and mother-in-law as he separated from the life of priesthood after Mitsuha’s mother died. Taki (played by Ryunosuke Kamiki) is a high school boy living in the city of Tokyo. Living with his father in a standard apartment, he is a...


Future Shock! The Story of 2000 AD (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (26th July 2017)

Future Shock! The Story of ‘2000AD’ (2014) Like many boys growing up in the 1980s, at a certain age I transitioned from the world of The Beano and Dandy to Eagle, Victor and, of course, 2000AD. Moving on to reading 2000AD was the 1980s equivalent of transitioning from shorts to long trousers. (Though Pat Mills makes some disparaging remarks about Eagle in this documentary, in all honesty I remember being equally fond of the 1980s run of that comic as I was of 2000AD.) In fact, one of the highlights of my youth was having a letter published in 2000AD (about, as I recall, the ‘Tharg’s Future Shocks’ column, which I loved). Though this was many years ago, I believe my efforts were rewarded with the ‘letter of the week’ because I received from the publication a toy, a Manta Force vehicle named ‘The Scythe’, and I was so proud of this achievement that this specific toy would be returned to its box each time I finished playing with it, along with the letter I...


Peppermint Soda by James-Masaki Ryan (25th July 2017)

“Peppermint Soda” (“Diabolo Menthe”) (1977) Summer vacation of 1963 is over and so it’s time for sisters Anne (played by Eléonore Klarwein) and Frédérique (played by Odile Michel) to go back to Paris to their mother’s (played by Anouk Ferjac) place after the seasonal stay with their father (played by Michel Puterflam). It also means it’s time to go back to their strict all girls’ school for the new year. With Anne being 13 she is still a little kid at heart who is more interested in pranks and silly happenings, but she is also experiencing the first signs of puberty just as her classmates are. At 15 Frédérique is getting more interested in boys as well as signs of independence while also showing Anne who is boss. There are all sorts of happenings within the school year for both of them and to their classmates. The girls try to say silly answers to teachers’ questions to get a laugh. Awkward happenings in gym class. Classmates bragging about experiencing their first kiss. ...


Terror in a Texas Town (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (23rd July 2017)

Terror in a Texas Town (Joseph H Lewis, 1958) Joseph H LewisTerror in a Texas Town (1958), the final feature film of its director (who ended his career as a director of episodes of television Westerns), sits squarely within the realm of the 1950s ‘adult Western’ – Westerns that dealt with darker themes, feature conflicted protagonists and antagonists, and often amplified their violent content. As such, like other ‘adult Westerns’ of the 1950s such as Delmer Daves’ 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and Andre de Toth’s Day of the Outlaw (1959), Terror in a Texas Town sometimes resembles contemporaneous films noir. In the case of Terror in a Texas Town, the narrative and thematic similarities with the paradigms of films noir are amplified via the monochrome photography – which, like that of many films noir of the period, makes use of cluttered compositions and obtuse angl...


The Fabulous Baron Munchausen by Eric Cotenas (23rd July 2017)

"Luna till now belonged but to the poets, to the dreamers, to daring fantasists and adventurers in powdered wigs, to fantasists in frock coats, and to those in bizarre helmets from the pages of the newest novels, and of course to the lovers, to them Luna was always most dear," says French novelist Cyrano de Bergerac – or, rather Edmond Rostand's characterization of him – in the literally explosive climax of the hybrid animation/live-action fantasy The Fabulous Baron Munchausen from the great Karel Zeman (The Stolen Airship), based as much on the Gottfried August Bürger translation of tall tales attributed to the real life Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen as on the definitive illustrations of Gustave Doré. When man lands on the moon, the above is exactly what astronaut Tonik (I Served the King of England's Rudolf Jelínek) discovers when he is welcomed by Gun Club president Barbicane (


Buster's Mal Heart by Eric Cotenas (23rd July 2017)

Not destined to become a cult classic in spite of its stab at the sub-genre of Canadian indie weirdness capitalizing on the wide-eyed anxiety of Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and DJ Qualls (Road Trip) pretty much playing a variation on himself. Living under the roof of his in-laws (Insidious' Lin Shaye and The Patriot's R.J. Burns), Jonah (Malek) dreams of living self-sufficiently on a chunk of land owned outright while his former addict wife Marty (You're Next's Kate Lyn Sheil) is just thinking about just getting by from one day...


The Orchard End Murder by James-Masaki Ryan (23rd July 2017)

“The Orchard End Murder” (1981) Star cricket player Robins (played by Mark Hardy) is nowhere to be found at the game because he is busy with other thoughts - making out with his girlfriend Pauline (played by Tracy Hyde) in the orchard. With her sexy mini one piece dress and white stockings, she is obviously a city girl visiting from London to be with him in Kent. Pauline is not too interested in the sport and decides to take a walk around the small town on her own as he plays, in which she finds a small cottage with a cute gnome garden. There she meets the railway gatekeeper (played by Bill Wallis) who offers her tea, and also Ewen (played by Clive Mantle) who is a giant brute that seems to have a mind of a stubborn child rather than a grown man of his age. But what seems to be a simple walk through town ends with an unsuspecting murder… “The Orchard End Murder” was written and directed by Christian Marnham making h...


Willard by Anthony Arrigo (23rd July 2017)

Despite their association with plague, disease, garbage, and filthy environments rats actually make some of the best pets. They’re clean, sociable, can learn tricks, and are affectionate in their own way. The biggest downside to owning one is their lifespan, a mere 2-3 years. I have had three as pets during various times in my life and each one had a distinct personality, something Willard recognizes when he comes across a family of rats in his backyard in the eponymous film, “Willard” (1971). Although I had never seen the original, I am a fan of Glen Morgan’s 2003 remake that stars Crispin Glover as the bookish social outcast who counts only rats as his friends. That re-working of the source material is far superior to this dated 70's relic, and it also features the sequel’s title track “Ben” as sung by Crispin Glover in a DVD bonus feature that is enough to warrant a purchase all on its own. This 1971 version is a flat-lined mess, with no suspense and a weak lead in Bruce Davison who, ironically, comes across as the least sympathetic charac...


TECHNICAL REVIEWS
La rupture by James-Masaki Ryan (7th May 2017)

"La rupture" AKA "The Breach" (1970) Helene Regnier’s husband Charles injures their son Michel in a psychotic rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son’s condition and vow to win custody of Michel. Thwarted by the courts, they hire a seedy penniless operative Paul to destroy her reputation. He moves into her rooming house and begins to insinuate himself into her life, hatching darker and more convoluted plots to implicate Helene. A harrowing thriller from France's master of suspense, "La rupture" ranks among Claude Chabrol's finest works. "La rupture" was director Claude Chabrol's 19th feature and made during his golden age of critical acclaim. Starring his then wife Stéphane Audran in the role of the tormented Helene, she gives an excellent performance on the physically and mentally shocked wife. Also starring Jean-Claude Drouot and Jean-Pierre Cassel, and based off the novel by


Chosen by James-Masaki Ryan (5th May 2017)

"Chosen" (2016) An epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1944 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. An unassuming recently widowed Hungarian barrister leads an inspirational fight back against the increasingly desperate and dangerous Nazis in the dying embers of the war. With a combination of daring, courage and audacity he turns a struggle to survive into something far more consequential - a way to avenge the deaths of his people by saving thousands of others. Based on true events, "Chosen" is a harrowing account of the Hungarian lawyer Sunsun (played by Luke Mably) who loses his wife to cancer, loses his home and freedom to the Nazi regime during World War II. Also starring Ana Ularu and Harvey Keitel, directed by Jasmin Dizdar, the film is an emotional draw yet it has some minor issues . The flashback storytelling, the underdeveloped supporting characters, and the slightly lack...


Les biches by James-Masaki Ryan (5th May 2017)

"Les biches" AKA "The Does" (1968) Directed by Claude Chabrol, "Les biches" is a landmark in film history: its theme of bisexuality and upper-class decadence is surpassed only by its cool precision of cinematic style and exceptionally subtle performances. Socialite Frederique (Stephane Audran) encounters young student Why (Jacqueline Sassard) on the streets of Paris, seduces her and whisks her off to spend winter with the chic crowd of St. Tropez. When architect Paul (Jean-Louis Trintignant) meets Why, he too charms her and comes between the two lovers. Frederiqe then seduces Paul out of jealousy, but finds herself feeling real love. Paul and Frederique invite Why to live together with them, resulting in a ménage a trios beset by jealousy, madness, and ultimately, murder. "Les biches" was Chabrol's 15th film in a 10 year span, and was seen as an artistic comeback after a series of underwhelming works. Not a large commercial success, but "Les biches" w...


Broadchurch: Series 3 (TV) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (28th April 2017)

Three years have passed in a town that will never forget; but times change. The local newspaper, once the backbone of Broadchurch, is about to be closed down. And DI Alec Hardy with DS Ellie Miller are about to explore a case that reopens old wounds and divides the town in ways they could never have predicted. Hardy and Miller are called on to investigate the brutal sexual assault of a local woman, Trish Winterman. The crime scene points to a party attended by close to a hundred people. But not a casual assault the act appears premeditated. What dark secrets still lie buried in a town that has been so closely examined? And how will unresolved issues around the death of young Danny Latimer finally be settled? These answers lie in Broadchurch: The Final Chapter....


Brothers (The): Series 5 (TV) by Rick Curzon (20th April 2017)

The fifth season of the classic BBC One Sunday soap sees the Hammond clan in deep public and private turmoil. As David (Robin Chadwick) comes to terms with his wife s death and Brian (Richard Easton) reels from the reverberations of his divorce, Edward (Patrick O'Connell) is in constant battle with scheming banker Paul Merroney (Colin Baker) about the direction of the family haulage firm. Edward finally ties the knot with Jennifer (Jennifer Kingsley), who has seemingly won over her new mother-in-law Mary (Jean Anderson), and with all eyes on the wedding, Merroney manipulates a bid for the ailing company. But he hasn't reckoned on a counter-bid from tough-talking air freight chief Jane Maxwell (Kate O Mara). As Merroney woos a rich Lebanese backer, the brothers plot to oust him from the firm altogether, but as always he's a tricky man to outfox....


Experiment in Terror by Samuel Scott (16th April 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** Terror stalks a beautiful bank teller in this classic thriller from Blade Edwards. Glenn Ford plays the dedicated F.B.I. agent, John Ripley, who fights to protect Kelly Sherwood (Lee Remick) from a ruthless killer. Unless his plans to rob the bank succeed, the unseen assailant (Ross Martin) - identifiable only by his asthmatic breathing - threatens to murder Kelly and her teenage sister, Toby (Stephanie Powers). To save the two terrorised sisters, the F.B.I. sets up an elaborate trap using Kelly as a decoy, but the killer gets away. Nerve-racking suspense builds as Kelly, now panic-stricken, continues to act as bait long enough to let the Feds trap the killer. Unless they act quickly, the woman in distress will become the casualty of a deadly EXPERIMENT IN TERROR!...


Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid by Samuel Scott (11th April 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** Laugh... or I'll blow your lips off! As the private eye of private eyes, Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He’s tough, rough and ready to take anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheese-maker has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead to the “Carlotta Lists’. With a little help from his “friends”, Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Laughton, etc, Reardon gets his man. An exciting, action-packed film the way 40s’ films used to be!...


Swiss Army Man by Samuel Scott (9th April 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** Bursting with limitless creativity, SWISS ARMY MAN goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again. Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams. SWISS ARMY MAN creates a world like no other—a place of pure fantastical imagination, brimming with magical realism yet featuring two characters whose dreams and fears are entirely relatable. Dano and Radcliffe both fully commit to their directors’ audacious vision, and their work is exceptional, finding the perfect balance of humour and heart that drives the whole film. A celebration of all the wonders cinema has to offer, SWISS ARMY MAN is a cultural phenomenon in the making -- a surreal and wholly original examination of human vulnerability and connection that must be experienced...


Bird on a Wire by Samuel Scott (4th April 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn team up in this non-stop-action comedy directed by John Badham. Hiding under the FBI Witness Protection Program, Rick Jarmin (Gibson) gets nervous when old flame Marianne Graves (Hawn) recognises him. But before he can assume a new identity, the man he put in jail (David Carradine) is released and comes to pay his respects. Rick and Marianne find themselves thrown together on an exhilarating cross-country scramble, barely evading the gangsters, police and an amorous veterinarian (Joan Severance). Their whirlwind travels eventually lead to an unforgettable climax in an elaborate zoo exhibit. A rare rollercoaster of a movie which will keep you on the edge of your seat....


Front (The) by Samuel Scott (3rd April 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** What if there were a list? A list that said: Our finest actors weren't allowed to act. Our best writers aren't allowed to write. Our funniest comedians aren't allowed to make us laugh. What would it be like if there were such a list? It would be like America in 1953....


Big Heat (The) by Samuel Scott (2nd April 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** A HARD COP AND A SOFT DAME… IN A BRASS-KNUCKLE THRILLER! Fritz Lang’s iconic film noir masterpiece is an uncompromising exploration of corruption and violence at the dark heart of small-town America. Glenn Ford is the good cop in a bad town, who single-handedly takes on local mobsters headed by Alexander Scourby and his psychotic right-hand man Lee Marvin....


Mum's List by Samuel Scott (18th March 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** One of the most memorable, uplifting and beautiful stories of recent years, MUM’S LIST is a romance for all ages. Now a feature film, the true story of a profound, unstoppable and undying love is based on the best-selling book by St John (Singe) Greene, published by Penguin Books in the United Kingdom in 2012. Written and directed by Niall Johnson (“White Noise”; ”Keeping Mum”), it is the story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. Over her last few days, she created her list: writing her thoughts and memories down, to help the man she loved create the best life possible for their two sons, after she was gone....


Shackleton (TV) by Rick Curzon (13th March 2017)

A gripping four-part drama about the great explorer s epic Antarctic expeditions, based on Shackleton s own journals. Having had a taste of Antarctic adventure on Captain Scott s failed 1901 bid to reach the South Pole, seven years later Ernest Shackleton (David Schofield) leads his own expedition. Agonisingly close to reaching the Pole, the men have to pull back in an appalling blizzard to reach their ship before the advancing ice cuts off the passage home. By 1911 Roald Amundsen has reached the Pole and Scott and his men, trailing in the Norwegian s wake, have perished. Undeterred, in 1914 Shackleton and his trusted deputy Frank Wild (David Rodigan) set out their most famous journey aboard Endurance, with the aim of crossing the icy continent from sea to sea. When the ship is trapped and crushed by pack-ice, Shackleton and five of his men embark on a desperate 800-mile journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia in the James Caird, a 20-foot lifeboat pitched against the furious Southern Ocean. Once they hit land, the fastest way to reach help on the other side of the island will be to improvise a route across the treacherous mountain interior. With Wild and the rest of the men left behind with dwindling supplies at their makes...


Snowden by Rick Curzon (13th March 2017)

From three-time Oscar-winner, Oliver Stone, SNOWDEN is a riveting personal look at one of the most polarising figures of the 21st century, the man responsible for what has been described as the most far-reaching security breach in U.S. intelligence history. Snowden opens the door on the untold story of Edward Snowden, examining the forces that turned a conservative young patriot eager to serve his country into a historic whistle-blower and posing provocative questions about which liberties we are willing to give up in order for our government to protect us....


Pet by Samuel Scott (9th March 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** This haunting, psychological horror follows Seth, a lonely man working in an animal shelter. His monotonous routine is broken one day when he bumps into Holly, a girl from school who he soon becomes obsessed with. However, when she rejects his advances, Seth's obsession reaches a terrifying new level, with Holly hiding secrets of her own. Helmed by Award Winning director Carles Torrens (Apartment 143, ABCs of Death 2.5) and starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl, Black Swan) and Jennette McCurdy (Between, Sam & Cat), Pet is a dark and disturbing love story asking how much you could sacrifice in the name of love?...


The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 8 by James-Masaki Ryan (26th February 2017)

“The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 8” (2013-2014) The web series “Angry Video Game Nerd” has been a continuous mainstay on YouTube for over 10 years now - a lone white button-up shirt wearing nerd that plays terrible retro games and takes out his frustration with Rolling Rock beer and loud outbursts of obscenities. Conceptually it sounds like many other YouTube channels of useless videos of so called critics commenting haphazardly and without merit, but writer/director/star James Rolfe sets his show apart from others with creative production work, witty scriptwriting, great editing, and rewatchability. While episodes used to come every two weeks, Rolfe started to slow down the pace of AVGN episodes to concentrate on other work - other web series such as “Board James” and “James & Mike Mondays”, and the theatrical feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie”. The AVGN web series had been released on the DVD f...


Last Detail (The) by Samuel Scott (23rd February 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** "No *#@!!* Navy's going to give some poor *!!@ kid eight years in the #@!* brig without me taking him out for the time of his *#@!!* life." When Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and Mulhall (Otis Young) are detailed to take a young sailor, Meadows (Randy Quaid), from a Virginia Naval Base to a New Hampshire Naval Prison to serve an eight-year sentence for a trivial offense they decide to show him a good time on their journey north......


The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 7 by James-Masaki Ryan (23rd February 2017)

“The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 7” (2012) The web series “Angry Video Game Nerd” has been a continuous mainstay on YouTube for over 10 years now - a lone white button-up shirt wearing nerd that plays terrible retro games and takes out his frustration with Rolling Rock beer and loud outbursts of obscenities. Conceptually it sounds like many other YouTube channels of useless videos of so called critics commenting haphazardly and without merit, but writer/director/star James Rolfe sets his show apart from others with creative production work, witty scriptwriting, great editing, and rewatchability. While episodes used to come every two weeks, Rolfe started to slow down the pace of AVGN episodes to concentrate on other work - other web series such as “Board James” and “James & Mike Mondays”, and the theatrical feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie”. The AVGN web series had been released on the DVD format...


The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 6 by James-Masaki Ryan (19th February 2017)

“The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 6” (2011-2012) The web series “Angry Video Game Nerd” has been a continuous mainstay on YouTube for over 10 years now - a lone white button-up shirt wearing nerd that plays terrible retro games and takes out his frustration with Rolling Rock beer and loud outbursts of obscenities. Conceptually it sounds like many other YouTube channels of useless videos of so called critics commenting haphazardly and without merit, but writer/director/star James Rolfe sets his show apart from others with creative production work, witty scriptwriting, great editing, and rewatchability. While episodes used to come every two weeks, Rolfe started to slow down the pace of AVGN episodes to concentrate on other work - other web series such as “Board James” and “James & Mike Mondays”, and the theatrical feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie”. The AVGN web series had been released on the DVD f...


The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 5 by James-Masaki Ryan (17th February 2017)

“The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 5” (2010) The web series “Angry Video Game Nerd” has been a continuous mainstay on YouTube for over 10 years now - a lone white button-up shirt wearing nerd that plays terrible retro games and takes out his frustration with Rolling Rock beer and loud outbursts of obscenities. Conceptually it sounds like many other YouTube channels of useless videos of so called critics commenting haphazardly and without merit, but writer/director/star James Rolfe sets his show apart from others with creative production work, witty scriptwriting, great editing, and rewatchability. While episodes used to come every two weeks, Rolfe started to slow down the pace of AVGN episodes to concentrate on other work - other web series such as “Board James” and “James & Mike Mondays”, and the theatrical feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie”. The AVGN web series had been released on the DVD format...


The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 3 by James-Masaki Ryan (15th February 2017)

“The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 3” (2008) The web series “Angry Video Game Nerd” has been a continuous mainstay on YouTube for over 10 years now - a lone white button-up shirt wearing nerd that plays terrible retro games and takes out his frustration with Rolling Rock beer and loud outbursts of obscenities. Conceptually it sounds like many other YouTube channels of useless videos of so called critics commenting haphazardly and without merit, but writer/director/star James Rolfe sets his show apart from others with creative production work, witty scriptwriting, great editing, and rewatchability. While episodes used to come every two weeks, Rolfe started to slow down the pace of AVGN episodes to concentrate on other work - other web series such as “Board James” and “James & Mike Mondays”, and the theatrical feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie”. The AVGN web series had been released on the DVD format...


The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 4 by James-Masaki Ryan (15th February 2017)

“The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 4” (2009) The web series “Angry Video Game Nerd” has been a continuous mainstay on YouTube for over 10 years now - a lone white button-up shirt wearing nerd that plays terrible retro games and takes out his frustration with Rolling Rock beer and loud outbursts of obscenities. Conceptually it sounds like many other YouTube channels of useless videos of so called critics commenting haphazardly and without merit, but writer/director/star James Rolfe sets his show apart from others with creative production work, witty scriptwriting, great editing, and rewatchability. While episodes used to come every two weeks, Rolfe started to slow down the pace of AVGN episodes to concentrate on other work - other web series such as “Board James” and “James & Mike Mondays”, and the theatrical feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie”. The AVGN web series had been released on the DVD format...


Apple Tree Yard (The) (TV) by Rick Curzon (14th February 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the show from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** Emily Watson stars as Yvonne Carmichael, a married woman living a quiet life with her husband and two children. Her world is turned upside down however, when a chance meeting with alluring stranger Mark Costley (Ben Chaplin) leads to a passionate affair. Despite her best attempts to keep her home life and career separate from her affair, Yvonne begins to lose control as a series of bad decisions soon leave her facing a court trial....


Bunny Lake Is Missing by Samuel Scott (13th February 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** Definitely – no clues! In this suspense film even one clue might tell all! THE SEARCH FOR 'BUNNY LAKE’ IS ON! When Ann Lake (Carol Lynley) arrives to collect her four-year-old daughter, Bunny, from nursery, she is told that no child of that name is enrolled there. Superintendent Newhouse (Lawrence Olivier) is assigned to the case, and before long a number of people are under suspicion, including the child's protective uncle (Keir Dullea), the Lake's eccentric landlord (Noël Coward) and the school's eccentric ex-headmistress (Martita Hunt). However, when he learns that no-one has actually ever seen the child, Newhouse begins to suspect that the young woman may be unbalanced....


The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 1 by James-Masaki Ryan (13th February 2017)

“The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 1” (2004-2006) The web series “Angry Video Game Nerd” has been a continuous mainstay on YouTube for over 10 years now - a lone white button-up shirt wearing nerd that plays terrible retro games and takes out his frustration with Rolling Rock beer and loud outbursts of obscenities. Conceptually it sounds like many other YouTube channels of useless videos of so called critics commenting haphazardly and without merit, but writer/director/star James Rolfe sets his show apart from others with creative production work, witty scriptwriting, great editing, and rewatchability. While episodes used to come every two weeks, Rolfe started to slow down the pace of AVGN episodes to concentrate on other work - other web series such as “Board James” and “James & Mike Mondays”, and the theatrical feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie”. The AVGN web series had been released on the DVD f...


The Angry Video Game Nerd; Season 2 by James-Masaki Ryan (13th February 2017)

“The Angry Video Game Nerd: Season 2” (2007) The web series “Angry Video Game Nerd” has been a continuous mainstay on YouTube for over 10 years now - a lone white button-up shirt wearing nerd that plays terrible retro games and takes out his frustration with Rolling Rock beer and loud outbursts of obscenities. Conceptually it sounds like many other YouTube channels of useless videos of so called critics commenting haphazardly and without merit, but writer/director/star James Rolfe sets his show apart from others with creative production work, witty scriptwriting, great editing, and rewatchability. While episodes used to come every two weeks, Rolfe started to slow down the pace of AVGN episodes to concentrate on other work - other web series such as “Board James” and “James & Mike Mondays”, and the theatrical feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie”. The AVGN web series had been released on the DVD format...


Shadow of the Noose: The Complete Series (TV) by Rick Curzon (13th February 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the show from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** Directed by BAFTA-winner Matthew Robinson (Byker Grove / Eastenders) and Sebastian Graham Jones (Mystery!: Cadfael), Shadow of the Noose tells the true story of the career and personal life of "The Great Defender" Sir Edward Marshall Hall. He was London's most celebrated barrister and the first world-famous legal celebrity, whose gripping cases consistently made news headlines and drew crowds in to the public gallery of the Old Bailey during the late Victorian era and early Edwardian era. Jonathan Hyde (Titanic) brings Marshall Hall’s style and personality to life on screen in an outstanding performance. Marshall Hall was known for his theatrics as he argued his cases with gusto and determination, keeping the Court audience on the edge of their seat, particularly at a time when a guilty verdict meant facing the rope. Throughout the series, which is based on true cases, Marshall Hall tackles a variety of seemingly impossible and controversial cases, and defends a colourful array of characters. Whether championing a lowly German pro...


Anderson Tapes (The) by Samuel Scott (8th February 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** Someone is listening... Someone is watching... As the crime of the century unreels! When Duke Anderson (Connery) is released from prison after serving ten years for taking the rap for a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honour and gets the funds he needs to bankroll an ambitious robbery. Planning to ransack a exclusive East Side New York Apartment building, he rounds up a gang of top-flight thieves, and proceeds to carry out his caper unaware that he is being taped....


New Centurions (The) AKA Precinct 45: Los Angeles Police by Chris Gould (1st February 2017)

* Note - The following review references not having the booklet to hand. We have now received the booklet from Powerhouse and the review will be updated very soon. ***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** Richard Fleischer's gritty and fateful portrait of LA cops adapted from Joseph Wambaugh's autobiographical best-seller, is anchored by superb performances from George C. Scott as a world-weary older cop who quietly fears becoming obsolete, and Stacy Keach as the young rookie he takes under his wing....


Greenberg by Samuel Scott (30th January 2017)

***This is a technical review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** He's got a lot on his mind. Roger Greenberg (Stiller) is single, fortyish and deliberately doing nothing. In search of a place to restart his life, he agrees to housesit for his brother in LA and tries to reconnect with his former bandmate (Rhys Ifans) and ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh). But his old friends aren't necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself forging a connection with his brother's personal assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig). Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg comes to realise that he may at last have found a reason to be happy....


Vampires AKA John Carpenter's Vampires by Chris Gould (29th January 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** James Woods leads a band of ruthless vampire hunters in a blood-soaked battle against the undead. Also starring Sheryl Lee, Daniel Baldwin and Maximillian Schell, Carpenter crafts a tense, brutal and action-packed horror/western crossover....


Ghosts of Mars by Chris Gould (25th January 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** John Carpenter blends horror and sci-fi in this action adventure set on Mars in the year 2176 as Martian police battle supernatural forces unleashed by a deep mining facility....


100 Streets by Samuel Scott (24th January 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE*** Three people, three extraordinary stories. All lived out within a hundred London streets. Directed by Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Jim O’Hanlon, 100 STREETS is a layered and gripping drama, with an original screenplay by Leon F Butler. It takes a compelling look at the vibrant and complicated life of a group of individuals in contemporary London – destination capital of the world. 100 STREETS intersect the film’s setting. Chelsea is just down the road from high-rise estates, riverside opulence contrasts with the day-to-day grind. It’s in these streets that the characters face major choices and fundamental change in their separate lives, as they negotiate their paths through life - through those hundred streets....


Brothers (The): Series 4 (TV) by Rick Curzon (22nd January 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the show from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** Financial shenanigans, ill health and industrial action all threaten the Hammonds family business in the fourth series of BBC One s classic Sunday night drama. When matriarch Mary (Jean Anderson) suffers another heart attack, the family rallies round and Edward (Patrick O Connell) decides to keep quiet about his impending marriage to his father s former mistress Jennifer (Jennifer Kingsley). After rapid expansion, moves are afoot for the Hammonds to go public. Brian (Richard Easton) has money man Martin Farrell (Murray Hayne) join the board, while Edward appoints ex-foreman Bill Riley (Derek Benfield) to help run the business. Farrell is alert to the firm s organisational weakness, while Riley is suspected of causing unrest among the workers about the new share issue. The company is floated at a time of deep tension, on the advice of slippery merchant banker Paul Merroney (Colin Baker), and Edward is left fighting for survival as chairman. Can he rely on the support of all the family?...


Young Pope (The) (TV) by Samuel Scott (10th January 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the show from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** His religion is revolution. Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election might seem the result of a simple and effective media strategy by the College of Cardinals. But, as we know, appearances can be deceptive. Especially in the place and among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the guiding light of their existence. That place is the Vatican and those people are the leaders of the Catholic Church. And the most mysterious and contradictory figure of all turns out to be Pius XIII himself. Shrewd and naive, old-fashioned and very modern, doubtful and resolute, ironic, pedantic, hurt and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to walk the long path of human loneliness to find a God for mankind. And for himself....


Happy Birthday to Me by Samuel Scott (5th January 2017)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the movie from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** Six of the most bizarre murders you will ever see. Popular high school senior Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson) survives a freak accident, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. As she attempts to resume a normal life, something terrible is happening - her friends are being ruthlessly murdered one by one. But will she be the next victim or is she the killer? Director J. Lee Thompson's classic shocker was made during the period before the horror genre drenched itself in irony and self-reflexivity, and instead revels in the effective staging of the terrifying set-pieces which drive it towards its climax. Pray you're not invited....


Magnum, P.I.: Season 1 (TV) by Rick Curzon (26th December 2016)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the show from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** Vietnam veteran Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) leaves the Navy to take up position as a private eye and security advisor to famous author Robin Masters in the cultural melting pot of 1980's Oahu, Hawaii. He is soon living the high life with Master's beachfront mansion and Ferrari, but soon the idyll is not all it seems and Magnum is drawn into the island's underworld. An impressive 130 hours of television across 157 episodes over 8 seasons of groundbreaking and unconventional storytelling, join Magnum for a thrill ride of explosive action and frantic chases in the unforgettable Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® winning series, now available fully restored and in high definition for the first time....


Magnum, P.I.: Season 8 (TV) by Rick Curzon (26th December 2016)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the show from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** Vietnam veteran Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) leaves the Navy to take up position as a private eye and security advisor to famous author Robin Masters in the cultural melting pot of 1980's Oahu, Hawaii. He is soon living the high life with Master's beachfront mansion and Ferrari, but soon the idyll is not all it seems and Magnum is drawn into the island's underworld. An impressive 130 hours of television across 157 episodes over 8 seasons of groundbreaking and unconventional storytelling, join Magnum for a thrill ride of explosive action and frantic chases in the unforgettable Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® winning series, now available fully restored and in high definition for the first time....


Magnum, P.I.: Season 7 (TV) by Rick Curzon (26th December 2016)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the show from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** Vietnam veteran Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) leaves the Navy to take up position as a private eye and security advisor to famous author Robin Masters in the cultural melting pot of 1980's Oahu, Hawaii. He is soon living the high life with Master's beachfront mansion and Ferrari, but soon the idyll is not all it seems and Magnum is drawn into the island's underworld. An impressive 130 hours of television across 157 episodes over 8 seasons of groundbreaking and unconventional storytelling, join Magnum for a thrill ride of explosive action and frantic chases in the unforgettable Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® winning series, now available fully restored and in high definition for the first time....


Magnum, P.I.: Season 6 (TV) by Rick Curzon (26th December 2016)

***This is an A/V and Extras review only. For reviews on the show from various critics, we recommend visiting HERE.*** Vietnam veteran Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) leaves the Navy to take up position as a private eye and security advisor to famous author Robin Masters in the cultural melting pot of 1980's Oahu, Hawaii. He is soon living the high life with Master's beachfront mansion and Ferrari, but soon the idyll is not all it seems and Magnum is drawn into the island's underworld. An impressive 130 hours of television across 157 episodes over 8 seasons of groundbreaking and unconventional storytelling, join Magnum for a thrill ride of explosive action and frantic chases in the unforgettable Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® winning series, now available fully restored and in high definition for the first time....