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Hawaii Five-0: Season 9 by Eric Cotenas (17th September 2019)

McGarrett and Danno hit the waves again in Hawaii Five-0; only this time it is Peter M. Lenkov's (R.I.P.D.: Rest in Peace Department) and Alex Kurtzman's (Transformers) reboot of the classic Leonard Freeman series Hawaii Five-O, and it's this time, it's U.S. Navy SEAL Steve McGarrett (The Back-Up Plan's Alex O'Loughlin) – who initially returned to Oahu to investigate the murder of his father and was offered full immunity and means by the late governor to head the Five-0 task force – and police Detective Danny Williams (Into the Blue's ...


Comes a Horseman by James-Masaki Ryan (16th September 2019)

"Comes a Horseman" (1978) Ella Connors (played by Jane Fonda) is a woman living alone on a family owned cattle ranch in the American west in the mid 1940s. With the land being part of her family's for two generations, she is reluctant to give it up even with little help around. She does have a helping hand with the family friend Dodger (played by Richard Farnsworth), but things are grim with the presence of local landowner JW Ewing (played by Jason Robards) who has for many years been trying to buy the land from Ella, hoping for profits in oil. He and his goons have used strong force to try to scare off land owners in the neighboring areas, but when one of his men shoots local cowboy Frank (played by James Caan) and kills his partner Billy (played by Mark Harmon), the cowboys take a side to fight off the men from their land. Unlike many westerns taking place in the late 1900s, "Comes a Horseman" takes place in ...


One Night Stand by James-Masaki Ryan (15th September 2019)

"One Night Stand" (1984) Best friends Brendan (played by Jay Hackett) and Tony (played by David Pledger) go on a double date with Sharon (played by Cassandra Delaney) and Eva (played by Saskia Post) to a Midnight Oil concert around Christmastime. Their first dates were not successful, as the girls basically kick out the boys from their flat at night after the show. On New Year's Eve, Sharon, who works at the Sydney Opera House invites Eva to an aftershow but things start turning dark with the world news as World War III has broken out and everyone is ordered to stay indoors. Hiding in the Opera House is Sam (played by Tyler Coppin, an American soldier on the run, who knew about the impending doom and was in hiding for a few days. In addition, Brendan who works as a janitor at the Opera House is also one of the few to be stuck in the building. As the world is headed towa...


Who Am I? by James-Masaki Ryan (14th September 2019)

"Who Am I?" "我是誰?" (1998) A meteorite that can harness large quantities of power has been discovered in South Africa and is being tested by scientists. They are ambushed by a multi-national special forces team looking to take control of the dangerous power, but the higher ups plan to cover up the incident by also eliminating the team. In a planned helicopter crash, only one survives - the Hong Kong special forces operative (played by Jackie Chan). He is rescued and brought to health by a remote African tribe, but the problem is that he is stricken with amnesia. He has no recollection of his previous mission or his name, but his knowledge of martial arts, survival skills, and other motor skills. Along the way, he encounters Yuki (played by Mirai Yamamoto) a Japanese driver who wants to help him after he rescues her and her brother, as well as Christine (played by Michelle Ferre), a journalist who is looking to score an interview and a news story with him. But with the news that a mysterious man witho...


The Spoilers by Eric Cotenas (11th September 2019)

Nome, Alaska 1900: Alaska during the gold rush is a lawless frontier in which claim jumpers and corrupt officials can seize control of tapped mines by filing papers falsely stating that they found the mine first. When Flapjack Sims (The Grapes fo Wrath's Russell Simpson) is a victim of such swindling by claim jumpers Clark (Death Rides the Plains's Ray Bennett) and Bennett (Shadow of Chinatown's Forrest Taylor), saloon owner Cherry Malotte (The Scarlet Empress's Marlene Dietrich) at first believes that the new gold commissioner Alexander McNamara (Ride the High Country's


Goodbye Paradise by James-Masaki Ryan (8th September 2019)

"Goodbye Paradise" (1983) Michael Stacey (played by Ray Barrett) is a former deputy commissioner of police who is going through some rough times. Divorced, a drunkard, suicidal, and a foul mouthed tough individual, the retired officer is using his time to write an expose on police corruption, but his unsteady and drifting lifestyle makes it hard for him to concentrate on his writing. In the meantime, Stacey is offered an under the table job from Senator McCredie (played by Don Pascoe) whose daughter Cathy (played by Janet Scrivener is missing. He takes the offer and uses his detective skills to uncover clues to her whereabouts, but along the path comes a few unexpected happenings, including a coup attempt, car bombings, religious cults, and being stranded in an all out warzone. The start of "Goodbye Paradise" seems like an homage to "The Big Sleep", with a detective narrating about his issues evoking ...


Drive-in Delirium: Dead by Dawn by James-Masaki Ryan (8th September 2019)

"Drive-in Delirium: Dead by Dawn" While talking about an upcoming movie, when someone asks "Have you seen the new trailer?", you will immediately look it up on your phone or computer at that moment and see it on the little screen. The luxury of having the ability to see it quickly and to the masses means that the marketing, the editing, and how much is shown in the trailers are quite different to that of yesteryear. Way before the iPhone, before Quicktime downloads, before annoyingly unskippable start-up trailers on DVDs, the only way to see theatrical trailers were, well... at the theater. When comparing trailers from differing decades and now different centuries, it's interesting to see how different marketing was for various genres, with different trends coming and going. Looking at trailers in the modern day, narration is gone, large text covering the image is gone, sometimes dialogue is not even in the trailer. No matter if it's an A list film or a B grade film, there is a specific formula and as enticing as they are, modern movie trailers have become a formulaic marketing tool. There are exceptions of course, but to reach the masses, it's best not to disrupt what works and what the YouTube comments say. B...


Pittsburgh by Eric Cotenas (7th September 2019)

In post-WWI Pittsburgh, brash Charles "Pittsburgh" Marvin (Stagecoach's John Wayne) and his long-suffering best buddy Cash Evans (Murders in the Zoo's Randolph Scott) eke out a living digging coal in the Wilson Colliery, dreaming up big plans for the future, avoiding their landlady, faking illness to wheedle some contraband rotgut from the mine's scientist Doc Powers (Barbary Coast's Frank Craven), and conning local tailor Shorty (The Strange Case of Doctor Rx's Shemp Howard) out of a new suit for a night on the town. When Shorty denies them credit, Pitt hits upon the idea to pay off their debts by taking advantage of the promotion of one hu...


The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob by Eric Cotenas (1st September 2019)

Golden Globe (Best Foreign Film): France (nominated) - Golden Globes, 1975 On the day before his daughter's wedding, industrialist Victor Pivert (Fantomas's Louis de Funès) is rushing back to the city from a fishing trip, blaming holidaying foreigners for the weekend traffic. Despite his bigoted attitude, he is okay with his chauffeur Salomon (Flic Story's Henri Guybet) being Jewish; that is, until their detour ends up with the Citroën in the lake – upside down and still floating on Pivert's boat tied to the roof – and Solomon having to stop tugging the boat out of the water at midnight to observe the Shabbat whereupon Pivert fires him. Salomon gladly leaves Pivert to fend for himself, and the older man stumbles upon a gum factory in search of a phone. He is not alone, he discovers, as Arab revolutionary Mohamed Larbi Slimane (Angélique's...


Her Smell by James-Masaki Ryan (1st September 2019)

"Her Smell" (2018) Becky (played by Elizabeth Moss) is the bandleader of the threepiece rock group Something She, riding the wave of the 90s grunge success through hit records and magazine covers. But things behind the scenes are in turmoil, with Becky having nervous breakdowns, anxiety attacks, a controlling attitude, taking a toll with her bandmates, her manager, as well as her ex-husband who she has a child with. Drummer Ali van der Wolff (played by Gayle Rankin) and bassist Marianne Hell (played by Agyness Deyn) are on the verge of quitting while their manager Howard (played by Eric Stoltz) is constantly complaining of his financial troubles due to the band's inactivity. During the course of performances, recording sessions, and times backstage, it's uncertain what the band's future is and where Becky is heading in her mental state. Writer and director Alex Ross Perry's latest film explores many of the filmmaker'...


The Ear by Eric Cotenas (31st August 2019)

Palme d'Or: Karel Kachyna (nominee) - Cannes Film Festival, 1990 Returning home from a Cabinet party one late night, Deputy Minister Ludvik (All My Compatriots' Radoslav Brzobohatý) and his tipsy wife Anna (Killing the Devil's Jirina Bohdalová) discover they have lost their house keys. Conscious of appearances even on a dark suburban street, Ludvik hops the gate and discovers the spare keys also missing while Anna discovers the gate is open even though Ludvik swears he locked it when they left earlier. They also discover that the back door is unlocked and their son is wandering around the garden. Ludvik blames the housekeeper who he believes went out on a date when they were gone but then finds out that she has been fast asleep. Inside the house, they discover that the power has been cut seemingly only in their home since Anna observes lights and seemingly a party in the Klepacs' house across ...


A Day Off by James-Masaki Ryan (31st August 2019)

"A Day Off" <휴일> (1968) Taking place on a normal Sunday in Seoul, Huh Wook (played by Shin Seong-il) wanders around town waiting for his girlfriend Ji-youn (played by Jeon Ji-youn) to arrive for their date. But she has some unfortunate news to tell him. She reveals that she is pregnant with his child and neither are in a positive state to continue a relationship with a child emotionally or financially. A doctor's visit also reveals physical complications with Ji-youn and an abortion is recommended for her safety. Huh Wook is in no stable financial situation himself and so he sets out to find some way to pay for the procedure, but the day's unfortunate start is only the beginning, as his personal demons cross paths with temptation and danger at various places... In comparison with love stories and melodramas popular in South Korea in the 1950s and 1960s, director Lee Man-hee's "A Day Off" took an extremely bleak turn. While other films included comical moments and romantic situations, there are no...


The Reflecting Skin by Eric Cotenas (27th August 2019)

C.I.C.A.E. Award: Philip Ridley (winner), FIPRESCI Prize: Philip Ridley (winner), Silver Leopard Philip Ridley (winner), and Golden Leopard: Philip Ridley (nominee) - Locarno International Film Festival, 1990 Best Actress: Lindsay Duncan (winner), Best Cinematography: Dick Pope (winner), and Best Film: Philip Ridley (nominee) - Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival, 1990 FIPRESCI Prize: Philip Ridley (winner) and Bronze Horse: Philip Ridley (nominee) - Stockholm Film Festival, 1990

"Sometimes… terrible things happen quite naturally."
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The Third Wife by Eric Cotenas (27th August 2019)

Late nineteenth century Vietnam: fourteen-year-old May (Nguyen Phuong Tra My) becomes the third wife of wealthy silkworm farm owner Hung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun's Long Le Vu). She has much to learn from Hung's first and second wife who are still very much in the picture. Mistress Ha (The Scent of Green Papaya's Nu Yên-Khê Tran) gave Hung a boy in teenage Son (Nguyen Thanh Tam) but has suffered miscarriages subsequently. Mistress Xuan (Mai Thu Huong Maya) has only given Hung girls with Lien (Hollow's Lam Thanh My), Nanh, and Baby Dove. They offer her differing advice on sexual pleasure according to their own tastes but it se...


On the Right Track: The British Transport Films Collection Vol 13 by James-Masaki Ryan (25th August 2019)

On the Right Track: The British Transport Films Collection Vol 13 By the 1960s, the railway system in Britain had connected passenger, businesses, and mail delivery for more than 150 years. With vast forms of improvements over the years, it had become very well organized and convenient for everyone, though as with any form of business there are the minor complaints that cannot be avoided. Trains not arriving on time, delays, inconvenience to and from station for passengers, overcrowding, prices, the list can go on and on. At this time British Railways tried to rebrand their image from being a commonplace that people took used to something sleeker as a form of transportation people wanted to take. The name was shortened to "British Rail" or "BR", new trains including high speed rails, computerized systems for improving accuracy and safety, and marketing and advertising for appeal. The British Transport Commission, the organization established in 1947 for the creation of PR travelogue films, training films, educational films, and more headed by documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey continued their task of improving relations between BR and the public, while also crea...


Ecstasy by Eric Cotenas (24th August 2019)

German Film Critics Award (Best Film Score): Matti Gajek and Sebastian Szary (nominated) - German Film Critics Association Awards, 2019 Young German Cinema Award (Best Production): Rolf Peter Kahl and Torsten Neumann (nominated), Screenwriting: Rolf Peter Kahl and Torsten Neumann (nominated), Acting: Ava Verne (nominated), and : Lena Morris (nominated) - Munich Film Festival, 2017 Grand Prize: Rolf Peter Kahl and Torsten Neumann (nominated), Jury Price (Best Director): Rolf Peter Kahl (nominated), Best Script: ...


Schramm AKA Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (22nd August 2019)

Schramm (Jorg Buttgereit, 1993) Synopsis: In his lonely flat, Lothar Schramm (Florian Koerner von Gustorf) falls from a stepladder whilst painting the walls. The blow to Schramm’s head causes his death. As Schramm lies dying, he hears knocking on the door of his flat. This causes him to remember… Schramm recalls answering the door to a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He disarms them by inviting them in for a coffee and then, whilst listening patiently to their lecture, offering them a glass of brandy – which they politely accept – before murdering them cruelly and posing their naked bodies in sexual positions, taking photographs with a Polaroid camera. Schramm recollects overhearing his call girl neighbour Marianne (Monika M) being approached in the hallway of the building by two elderly men, who ask her to attend an ‘event’ in a large house on the outskirts of the city. When Marianne tells Schramm of this invite, she is both curious and reticent. Schramm offers to drive her to the house,...


Blackmail by Eric Cotenas (20th August 2019)

The daughter of a London news agent, Alice White (The Affairs of Julie's Anny Ondra) affects airs of her desired social station during increasingly routine nights on the town with her police detective boyfriend Frank Webber (Frozen Alive's John Longden). When Frank grows frustrated during dinner with Alice's waffling on going to see a crime movie at the cinema and walks out, he returns too late to see her leaving the restaurant on the arm of another man. Bohemian artist Crewe (Piccadilly's Cyril Ritchard) escorts Alice back to her neighborhood and invites her up to his loft. Despite the appearance of impropriety, Alice agrees and is charmed by his lifestyle and tempted by the idea of modeling for him as a means of further upward mobility. When Crewe tries to force himself on her, however, Alice defends herself by stabbing h...


The Incident by Eric Cotenas (19th August 2019)

Overgrown delinquents Joe (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage's Tony Musante) and Artie (Badlands' Martin Sheen) rob a "pigeon" of eight dollars and then beat him to death, but the night's still young and they board a subway car teeming with a microcosm of humanity already on the brink: Bill Wilks (Fun with Dick and Jane's Ed McMahon) worried after a co-worker was suddenly laid off and hitting the roof when his wife Helen (X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes's Diana Van der Vlis) suggests they take a cab home rather than risk daughter Susie's train-sickness; puffed-up Tony Goya (...


Krull by James-Masaki Ryan (18th August 2019)

"Krull" (1983) Taking place on the planet Krull, an allegiance is formed between two rival kingdoms to battle against a threat from another world - The Beast. Arriving in a teleporting rock formation called the Black Fortress, The Beast along with its minions the Slayers attack before the people can fully retaliate. The two united kingdoms are devastated, losing both its kings and much of their armies, with the Prince Colwyn (played by Ken Marshall) left barely alive, and kidnapping his wife to be, Princess Lyssa (played by Lysette Anthony). Colwyn's journey to rescue the Princess is filled with various encounters of allies, with the helping hand of Ynir (played by Freddie Jones), the quirky shapeshifter Ergo the Magnificent (played by David Battley, and a band of escaped thieves led by Torquil (played by Alun Armstrong. But as expected, there are also many enemies standing in the way, and an uncertainly in reaching the ...


High Noon by Eric Cotenas (15th August 2019)

Oscar (Best Actor in a Leading Role): Gary Cooper (winner), Best Film Editing: Elmo Williams and Harry Gerstad (winner), Best Music, Original Song: Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington (winner), Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Dimitri Tiomkin (winner), Best Picture: Stanley Kramer (nominee), Best Director: Fred Zinnemann (nominee), and Best Writing, Screenplay: Carl Foreman (nominee) - Academy Awards, 1953 Golden Globe (Best Actor - Drama): Gary Cooper (winner), Best Supporting Actress: Katy Jurado (winner), Best Original Score: ...


Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda by James-Masaki Ryan (13th August 2019)

Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda Filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda started his career in the world of television from 1987, from assistant director on various variety shows to eventually creating some well received documentaries for television in the early 1990s. His career in fiction filmmaking as a director started in 1995 and since then he has made thirteen features which from his debut onward have received high acclaim from critics and festivals, with his stature only growing in status as one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers working today, if not in all of Japanese cinema. His dealings with family, blood ties, societal woes, children, life, and death through matters of everyday life and everyday people resonated with audiences worldwide, bringing an emotional depth with each of his works. He has worked in the genres of the samurai film, courtroom drama, and fantasy, but he is best known for his family dramas that evoke the works of Yasujiro Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Ken Loach while adding a personal...


Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda by James-Masaki Ryan (13th August 2019)

Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda Filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda started his career in the world of television from 1987, from assistant director on various variety shows to eventually creating some well received documentaries for television in the early 1990s. His career in fiction filmmaking as a director started in 1995 and since then he has made thirteen features which from his debut onward have received high acclaim from critics and festivals, with his stature only growing in status as one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers working today, if not in all of Japanese cinema. His dealings with family, blood ties, societal woes, children, life, and death through matters of everyday life and everyday people resonated with audiences worldwide, bringing an emotional depth with each of his works. He has worked in the genres of the samurai film, courtroom drama, and fantasy, but he is best known for his family dramas that evoke the works of Yasujiro Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Ken Loach while adding a personal...


Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda by James-Masaki Ryan (13th August 2019)

Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda Filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda started his career in the world of television from 1987, from assistant director on various variety shows to eventually creating some well received documentaries for television in the early 1990s. His career in fiction filmmaking as a director started in 1995 and since then he has made thirteen features which from his debut onward have received high acclaim from critics and festivals, with his stature only growing in status as one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers working today, if not in all of Japanese cinema. His dealings with family, blood ties, societal woes, children, life, and death through matters of everyday life and everyday people resonated with audiences worldwide, bringing an emotional depth with each of his works. He has worked in the genres of the samurai film, courtroom drama, and fantasy, but he is best known for his family dramas that evoke the works of Yasujiro Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Ken Loach while adding a personal...


Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda by James-Masaki Ryan (13th August 2019)

Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda Filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda started his career in the world of television from 1987, from assistant director on various variety shows to eventually creating some well received documentaries for television in the early 1990s. His career in fiction filmmaking as a director started in 1995 and since then he has made thirteen features which from his debut onward have received high acclaim from critics and festivals, with his stature only growing in status as one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers working today, if not in all of Japanese cinema. His dealings with family, blood ties, societal woes, children, life, and death through matters of everyday life and everyday people resonated with audiences worldwide, bringing an emotional depth with each of his works. He has worked in the genres of the samurai film, courtroom drama, and fantasy, but he is best known for his family dramas that evoke the works of Yasujiro Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Ken Loach while adding a personal...


Easy Living by Eric Cotenas (11th August 2019)

In the midst of the Great Depression, the country's third (or fourth) richest banker John Ball (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington's Edward Arnold), known as "The Bull of Broad Street," seems to be the only person in his family who knows the value of money. When he and his son John Jr. (Dial M for Murder's Ray Milland) get into an argument at the breakfast table over his trading a sensible American automobile as a down-payment on a Lugatti, and John Jr. walks out determined to strike off and make a living on his own rather than turn into a grouch like his father. Upon discovering that his wife (The Philadelphia Story's Mary Nash) has spent thousands of dollars on a new sable coat, John chases her through the house and throws the coat off the roof. The coat lands on the head of Mary Smith (...


Murder! by Eric Cotenas (11th August 2019)

The still of a quiet night in the provinces is shattered by a scream and then the commotion of drunken theater director Gordon Druce (Murder, My Sweet's Miles Mander) trying to gain entrance into the rooming house where his actress wife Edna was dining with rival actress Diana Baring (Underground's Norah Baring). He, the police, Diana's landlady (Gaslight's Marie Wright), actor/stage manager Ted Markham (The Man Who Haunted Himself's Edward Chapman) and his actress wife Doucie (The Skin Game's ...


Used Cars by Charlie & Tex (10th August 2019)

Fresh from his much beloved debut of I Wanna Hold Your Hand, director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale decided that needed something more current, and reflecting the dark era of distrust initiated by Watergate, they took an idea by John Millius and came up with a rip-roaring satire on consumerism and the very nature of capitalism: Used Cars. Obnoxious Roy L Fukes (Jack Warden) owns a thriving used car business situation by a busy highway. On the other side the road is his brother Luke’s (Warden again) rival dealership, and a new interstate ignites the greed in Roy L as he connives to put his brother out of business by fair means or (mostly) foul. Luke’s loyal employee Rudy (Kurt Russell) is looking to run for the senate, and needs $10,000. When Luke agrees to fund him, fate steps in as Rudy has to keep up appearances that Luke is alive and well, a task made even trickier when a long-lost daughter shows up and takes over the business. With some desperate bids for publicity getting them in hot water, things are about to turn nasty. Got that? OK, but don’t let that put you off! It’s no door-slamming farce!! There are many definitions which fall under the blanketing term of “bad taste”, from those whic...


The Souvenir by Eric Cotenas (9th August 2019)

C.I.C.A.E. Award (Panorama): Joanna Hogg (nominated) - Berlin International Film Festival, 2019 Bildrausch Ring of Film Art (Best Director): Joanna Hogg (nominated) - Bildrausch Filmfest Basel, 2019 The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film (Best Film): Joanna Hogg (nominated) - Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2019 Feature Film Award (Best International Film): Joanna Hogg (nominated) - Galway Film Fleadh, 2019 Golden Duke (International Competition): Joanna Hogg (nominated) - Odessa International Film Festival, 2019 Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema - Dramatic): Joanna Hogg (winner) - Sundance Film Festival, 2019 Sydney Film Prize (Best Film): Joanna Hogg (nominated) - Sydn...


The Kid by Robert Segedy (9th August 2019)

The old west was the stuff of legends and Hollywood has produced countless variations on the stories that have been handed down throughout the ages. One of the most renowned of these legends is the folklore that surrounds William H. Bonin aka Billy the Kid and his nemesis and former friend Sheriff Pat Garrett who tracks the outlaw down and slays him. Billy was an outlaw and folk hero that supposedly killed eight men before he was killed at age 21 by Garrett. Hollywood loved this story and throughout the years various actors have played both parts: Michael J. Pollard, Paul Newman, Kris Kristofferson, Emilio Estevez and now Dane DeHaan have portrayed the outlaw gunslinger. Garrett has been portrayed by an equal number of excellent actors over the years: Wallace Beery, James Coburn, ...


TECHNICAL REVIEWS
Score to Settle (A) by Rick Curzon (15th September 2019)

After being paid-off to take a murder rap, Frank (Nicolas Cage) receives an unexpected life sentence and spends the next two decades locked behind bars festering a need for revenge. When he is given a diagnosis of a terminal illness he is released from prison to live out his final days as a free man. Keeping his condition a secret, Frank reunites with his estranged son Joey (Noah Le Gros). Their reunion is awkward because his son harbours resentment about being abandoned as a child. Frank tries to heal their relationship and they bond over expensive shopping trips and dinners, which are well beyond any legitimate means. Joey recognises these extravagances are tied to Frank’s past and knows his father hasn’t changed. With Joey threatening to leave, Frank is torn by the need to repair his relationship with his son and his need to exact vengeance against those who wronged him. When he discovers a truth withheld from him long ago, he races furiously against the ticking clock of his life, trying to expose lies from the past before it is too late. The choice between family, friendship, love and hate is no longer as clear as he once thought and Frank is forced to face secrets he has spent years avoiding....


Rabid AKA Rage (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (8th September 2019)

101 Films presents Rabid (1977), an enduringly tense and gruesome horror that marked a landmark in David Cronenberg's early career. Title 009 on 101 Films' Black Label, this double Blu-ray is stacked with extras, including Part 1 of a new feature length documentary on Canadian horror film. When Rose suffers terrible injuries in a motorcycle crash, she is taken to a nearby clinic run by Dr Keloid for experimental skin-graft surgery. At first, the revolutionary procedure proves successful, but it soon leaves Rose with a strange orifice protruding from her armpit and an insatiable thirst for human blood. Hell-bent on satisfying her bloodlust, Rose leaves a trail of insane and uncontrollably aggressive victims, as the unknown virus engulfs North America in an orgy of frenetic violence....


Dishonored by Rick Curzon (28th August 2019)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age. The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio,...


Shanghai Express by Rick Curzon (28th August 2019)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age. The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio,...


Blonde Venus by Rick Curzon (28th August 2019)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age. The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio,...


The Scarlet Empress by Rick Curzon (28th August 2019)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age. The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio,...


The Devil is a Woman by Rick Curzon (28th August 2019)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age. The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio,...


Morocco by Rick Curzon (24th August 2019)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age. The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio,...


Terror (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (21st August 2019)

One of British genre cinema’s most important and distinctive independent filmmakers, Norman J Warren made a series of horror films which were at the forefront of a new wave in British horror during the 1970s. Reflecting a period of permissiveness and fearlessness, Warren’s distinctive stylings are far removed from the Gothic conventions of Hammer Films, deliberately upped the ante in terms of sex, violence and gore to create a new breed of horror that was designed to shock for shock’s sake. Five of Norman J Warren’s horrifying chillers are presented here in new restorations and on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations by contemporary British filmmakers, new cast and crew interviews, audio commentaries on all five films, rare short films, outtakes and alternative scenes, and making-of documentaries – this stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


Prey AKA Alien Prey (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (21st August 2019)

One of British genre cinema’s most important and distinctive independent filmmakers, Norman J Warren made a series of horror films which were at the forefront of a new wave in British horror during the 1970s. Reflecting a period of permissiveness and fearlessness, Warren’s distinctive stylings are far removed from the Gothic conventions of Hammer Films, deliberately upped the ante in terms of sex, violence and gore to create a new breed of horror that was designed to shock for shock’s sake. Five of Norman J Warren’s horrifying chillers are presented here in new restorations and on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations by contemporary British filmmakers, new cast and crew interviews, audio commentaries on all five films, rare short films, outtakes and alternative scenes, and making-of documentaries – this stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


The Missionary by Rick Curzon (21st August 2019)

Monty Python alumnus Michael Palin writes and stars in this ribald comedy of sex and sensibility. Timid Reverend Charles Fortescue returns to London in 1906 after ten years of service in Africa to start a mission to save the fallen women of Soho. But his dedication to tending to the needs of those in his care soon meets with the disapproval of the church and his patron. Directed by Richard Loncraine (Richard III, Bellman & True), The Missionary is a charming and beautifully detailed comedy which boasts a superb supporting cast that includes Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott, Michael Hordern, Graham Crowden and Neil Innes. This world Blu-ray premiere edition boasts a stunning new 2K restoration from the original negatives, supervised and approved by cinematographer Peter Hannan and director Richard Loncraine, finally enabling the film to be seen in its original 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio for the first time ever on any home video format....


Ashes in the Snow by Rick Curzon (16th August 2019)

Ashes in the Snow is the harrowing true story following a 16-year-old girl who is deported to Siberia during the Soviet occupation. Siberia, 1941, Stalin’s henchmen violently invade and ruthlessly deport Baltic families from their homes. Sixteen year old Lina, along with her mother and younger brother, are exiled to a soviet labour camp whilst Lina’s father gets put in a prison camp. Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honour her family, and the thousands like her, by documenting the experience in her art. She risks everything, hoping that her messages in art will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know his family is still alive. A beautifully executed yet heart-breaking, captivating and eye opening drama that unveils a forgotten part of history in a way that makes you experience the despair and shocking conditions of war....


Escape Plan: The Extractors AKA Escape Plan 3 AKA Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station by Rick Curzon (15th August 2019)

The third and final instalment of the unstoppable franchise, Escape Plan 3 sees screen legend Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables) kick this explosive action tale into high gear. After security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend (Jaime King: Sin City) is also captured. Now he and his team, including Trent DeRosa (Dave Bautista: Guardians of the Galaxy) and (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: Power) must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out....


Escape Plan: The Extractors AKA Escape Plan 3 AKA Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (15th August 2019)

The third and final instalment of the unstoppable franchise, Escape Plan 3 sees screen legend Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables) kick this explosive action tale into high gear. After security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend (Jaime King: Sin City) is also captured. Now he and his team, including Trent DeRosa (Dave Bautista: Guardians of the Galaxy) and (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: Power) must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out....


Professor (The) by Rick Curzon (12th August 2019)

Johnny Depp finds the role of a lifetime in the hilarious, boundary-pushing and heart-breaking THE PROFESSOR. Depp plays Richard, a buttoned-down college lecturer, whose life is turned upside down after learning he has six months to live. To the shock of his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt: La La Land, Mad Men) and school chancellor (Ron Livingston: The Conjuring, Swingers)- and the delight of his students--Richard embarks on a hilarious crusade against authority and hypocrisy, with sex, drugs and bad behaviour galore in this dark comedy co-starring Zoey Deutch (Set it Up)....


Inseminoid (from Bloody Terror: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J. Warren) by Rick Curzon (8th August 2019)

One of British genre cinema’s most important and distinctive independent filmmakers, Norman J. Warren made a series of horror films which were at the forefront of a new wave in British horror during the 1970s. Reflecting a period of permissiveness and fearlessness, Warren’s distinctive stylings are far removed from the Gothic conventions of Hammer Films, deliberately upped the ante in terms of sex, violence and gore to create a new breed of horror that was designed to shock for shock’s sake. Five of Norman J Warren’s horrifying chillers are presented here in new restorations and on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations by contemporary British filmmakers, new cast and crew interviews, audio commentaries on all five films, rare short films, outtakes and alternative scenes, and making-of documentaries – this stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


Bloody New Year by Rick Curzon (7th August 2019)

One of British genre cinema’s most important and distinctive independent filmmakers, Norman J. Warren made a series of horror films which were at the forefront of a new wave in British horror during the 1970s. Reflecting a period of permissiveness and fearlessness, Warren’s distinctive stylings are far removed from the Gothic conventions of Hammer Films, deliberately upped the ante in terms of sex, violence and gore to create a new breed of horror that was designed to shock for shock’s sake. Five of Norman J. Warren’s horrifying chillers are presented here in new restorations and on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations by contemporary British filmmakers, new cast and crew interviews, audio commentaries on all five films, rare short films, outtakes and alternative scenes, and making-of documentaries – this stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


Charlie Says by Rick Curzon (31st July 2019)

This is the shocking, infamous and chilling story about Charlie Manson and his manipulation tactics on the members of his cult. With remarkable cinematography and a disturbingly stand-out performance from Matt Smith, portraying Manson’s manipulative and twisted charm, Charlie Says is a thought provoking perspective on guilt and victimhood about one of the most notorious serial killers in history. Starring alongside is Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray, Suki Waterhouse and Chase Crawford and comes from the director of American Psycho....


Poison Rose (The) AKA Eye for an Eye by Rick Curzon (23rd July 2019)

John Travolta (Face / Off), Morgan Freeman (Olympus Has Fallen), Famke Janssen (X-Men) and Brendan Fraser (Crash) lend their talents to this searing detective thriller. Travolta plays Carson Philips, a hard-drinking L.A. private eye, who takes a case in his old hometown of Galveston, Texas. While searching for a missing woman, Philips must confront a crime boss (Freeman), a shady doctor (Fraser), a sexy club singer (Kat Graham: All Eyez on Me), his former lover (Famke Janssen) — and his own dark, disturbing past....


One Deadly Summer AKA L'été meurtrier (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (22nd July 2019)

Isabelle Adjani plays Elle, a provocative 19-year-old whose move, with her mother and sick father, to a sleepy Provence village sets the locals afire with lust and gossip. She soon finds a suitor in gentle Pin-Pon (Alain Souchon), the local mechanic, and they marry shortly after. Then the tone shifts, when a dark secret emerges from her past, the film becomes more complex and Adjani’s character reveals a disturbing side as she manipulates events and men in order to seek revenge for an outrage inflicted in her childhood… With more César Awards than any other French actor and a host of Oscar® nominations, Adjani (Queen Margot, Camille Claudel) is one of the most celebrated French star of all time. Her acting talent and staggering sensual beauty both reaching a career-defining high in Becker’s ONE DEADLY SUMMER (L’ETE MEURTRIER), which became the highest grossing French film of the year and the prototype for the erotic thrillers which Hollywood made in its wake....


Legacy (The) AKA Legacy of Blood AKA The Legacy of Maggie Walsh (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (17th July 2019)

Written by the late, great Jimmy Sangster (The Revenge of Frankenstein, Taste of Fear), this supernatural riff on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is a gruesome, hugely entertaining chiller. Two American architects (real-life couple Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, who met on the set of this film) are holidaying in England and find themselves trapped at a country mansion where the various guests become victims in a series of unexplained and increasingly violent deaths. Director Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi, Jagged Edge), making his feature-film directing debut, deftly balances horror and grisly black humour. The film also boasts sumptuous photography by the great Dick Bush and Alan Hume, a wonderfully eccentric score by Michael J Lewis and a superb supporting cast which includes Charles Gray, Margaret Tyzack, Ian Hogg, John Standing and The Who’s Roger Daltrey....


Satan's Slave by Rick Curzon (16th July 2019)

One of British genre cinema’s most important and distinctive independent filmmakers, Norman J. Warren made a series of horror films which were at the forefront of a new wave in British horror during the 1970s. Reflecting a period of permissiveness and fearlessness, Warren’s distinctive stylings are far removed from the Gothic conventions of Hammer Films, deliberately upped the ante in terms of sex, violence and gore to create a new breed of horror that was designed to shock for shock’s sake. Five of Norman J. Warren’s horrifying chillers are presented here in new restorations and on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations by contemporary British filmmakers, new cast and crew interviews, audio commentaries on all five films, rare short films, outtakes and alternative scenes, and making-of documentaries – this stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


Domino (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (14th July 2019)

In a world wracked by terror and suspicion, police officer Christian (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: TV s Game of Thrones) seeks justice for his partner's murder by ISIS member Imran. On the hunt for the killer, Christian and a fellow cop become caught in a game of cat and mouse, with a duplicitous CIA agent, using Imran as a pawn to trap other ISIS members. Soon, Christian is racing against the clock -- not only seeking revenge but to save his own life. A thrilling race-against-time also starring Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) and Carice van Houten (Valkyrie, TV s Game of Thrones). ...


Vigilante (A) by Rick Curzon (14th July 2019)

Olivia Wilde gives a defining and captivating performance in what critics are hailing the most important film of the year. A once abused woman, Sadie (Olivia Wilde: Life Itself), devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers while hunting down the husband she must kill to truly be free. Co-starring CJ Wilson (The Sinner) and Morgan Spector (Homeland) this is a compelling, gritty and highly enthralling revenge thriller with a powerful message....


Kid (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (14th July 2019)

Following a violent altercation, a young boy, Rio (Jake Schur), is forced to go on the run across the American Southwest in a desperate attempt to save his sister (Leila George) from his villainous uncle (Chris Pratt). Along the way, he encounters Sheriff Pat Garrett (Ethan Hawke), on the hunt for the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan). Rio finds himself increasingly entwined in the lives of these two legendary figures as the cat and mouse game of Billy the Kid’s final year of life plays out. Ultimately Rio is forced to choose which type of man he is going to become, the outlaw or the man of valour, and will use this self-realisation in a final act to save his family. ...


Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (7th July 2019)

When recently divorced Edgar (Thomas Lennon) returns to his childhood home he finds a nefarious looking puppet and decides to sell the doll for a quick buck. Bringing along his new girlfriend Ashley (Jenny Pellicer) and nerdy pal Markowitz (Nelson Franklin), Edgar heads on a doomed road trip to a puppet auction celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. But all hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree motivated by an evil as old as time. With twenty-one scenes of graphic puppet violence and a score from composing legend Fabio Frizzi (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead), FANGORIA presents Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich - the wildest, craziest and goriest movie of the year. Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bloody ride!...


Quake (The) AKA Skjelvet by Rick Curzon (21st June 2019)

This sequel to the acclaimed The Wave is another tension-filled, high-stakes geo-thriller. Could reports of subterranean tremors beneath the Norwegian city of Oslo predict an imminent catastrophic earthquake? We follow a geologist who races against time to save his estranged wife and two children when a devastating quake strikes the city. Your nails will dig into your chair during this acclaimed thriller with jaw-dropping scenes of devastation and powerful performances....


Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (20th June 2019)

Based on the acclaimed novel by Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was the final feature film to be made by celebrated filmmaker Jack Clayton (The Innocents, The Pumpkin Eater), and boasts a truly outstanding performance by multi-award-winning actor Maggie Smith. In 1950s Belfast, penniless spinster Judith Hearne (Smith) falls for charismatic James (Bob Hoskins). Succumbing to his attentions, Judith makes a series of profound changes to her life, including re-evaluating her deep relationship with her church, to enable the love for which she so desperately yearns. Poignant and powerful, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was the recipient of a BAFTA award for Smith, but has since become somewhat overlooked. Now finally available on Blu-ray for the very first time, one of the finest British films of the 1980s is presented in a brand new 2K restoration from the original negatives, supervised and approved by cinematographer Peter Hannan....


Asher AKA Hitman Redemption by Rick Curzon (20th June 2019)

The executive producer of Mudbound and Assassination Nation brings you this slick, gun-toting neo-noir thriller. Asher (Ron Perlman: Hellboy), a former Mossad agent turned gun for hire, lives an austere life in an ever-changing Brooklyn. Approaching the end of his career, he breaks the oath he took as a young man when he meets Sophie (Famke Janssen: X-Men) on a hit gone wrong. In order to have love in his life before it’s too late, he must kill the man he was, for a chance at becoming the man he wants to be....


Black Joy (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (5th June 2019)

Based on Jamal Ali’s acclaimed stage play Dark Days and Light Nights, Black Joy tells the story of a naïve Guyanese immigrant who learns the hard way about life on the streets of Brixton. Presenting vivid characters, terrific action, and a superb soundtrack of soul, funk, dub and reggae, Anthony Simmons’ gritty film is an honest and insightful comic drama, exposing the lives of unemployed black Britons and immigrants in a ghettoised London. Starring Norman Beaton (Desmond’s), Trevor Thomas (Inseminoid), Floella Benjamin (Play School), and a young Oscar James (EastEnders), Black Joy comes to Blu-ray for the very first time....


Who? AKA The Man with the Steel Mask AKA Roboman (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th June 2019)

Adapted from the novel by famed science fiction writer Algis Budrys, Who? is a fascinating cold-war thriller / sci-fi hybrid. Elliott Gould (Little Murders, California Split) is an FBI agent trying to determine the true identity of a top US physicist who was horrifically injured in a car accident in East Berlin. The scientist is returned to the West encased in a metal mask and body-suit, reconstructed via cybernetic surgery. Is the man behind the metal mask who he claims to be, or is he a Soviet dupe trained to infiltrate US security? Who?, from director Jack Gold (The Reckoning, The National Health), is one of the most unusual and affecting science fiction thrillers of the 1970s – not least because of the extraordinary performance by Joseph Bova as the masked enigma at the heart of the story....


Scum by Rick Curzon (2nd June 2019)

After the banning of their original 1977 BBC TV version, director Alan Clarke (The Firm) and writer Roy Minton (Funny Farm) set out to remake their drama for the big screen to ensure that their vision got the audience it deserved. The resulting film, released here in a special Blu-ray edition to mark its 40th anniversary, was an even more vitriolic portrait of a corrupt and violent institution which stunned cinema audiences and caused outrage. Uncompromising in its depiction of everyday violence, retribution, suicide and sexual assault, Scum remains a cornerstone of the British realist cinema movement, and a savage and still shocking indictment of institutionalised violence and abuse....


Bellman & True by Rick Curzon (28th May 2019)

Adapted by Desmond Lowden from his novel of the same name, Bellman & True is a tense heist thriller starring Bernard Hill (Boys from the Blackstuff, The Lord of the Rings) as a computer programmer blackmailed by gangsters into hacking a bank security system. Directed by Richard Loncraine (Full Circle, The Missionary) Bellman & True deftly balances dramatic realism with stark black comedy and nail-biting suspense. Produced by HandMade Films, Bellman & True is a fine companion piece to their successful thrillers The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa....


Trench 11 AKA Death Trench by Rick Curzon (20th May 2019)

INGLORIOUS BASTARDS meets OVERLORD meets OUTPOST in this terrifying, blood-soaked, gore-filled, stomach-churning zombie horror. In the final days of WWI a shell-shocked tunneller leads an Allied team into a hidden German base … one hundred feet below the trenches. The Germans have lost control of a highly contagious biological weapon that turns its victims into deranged killers. The Allies find themselves trapped underground with hordes of the infected, a rapidly spreading disease and a team of German Stormtroopers dispatched to clean up the mess. The only thing more terrifying, is what lies beneath it....


The Snake Pit by Rick Curzon (14th May 2019)

Shocking and highly controversial at the time of release, The Snake Pit broke new ground in Hollywood cinema for its depiction of mental illness and its treatment. Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind, The Heiress), delivers an astounding performance as a young bride who suffers a breakdown and finds herself committed to an asylum. Director Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number, Anastasia) had to fight to persuade producer Darryl Zanuck to back the film, but the result remains one of the most potent and powerful films to tackle the subject and was an influence on later works such as Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor(1963), Robert Rossen’s Lilith (1964) and Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)....


 


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