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Worksaholics: The Final Season by Eric Cotenas (25th June 2017)

"You know what? When you guys started here seven years ago, this was all kinda cute. But you know what? You're old as fug now," says harried boss Alice (Maribeth Monroe) to her three most troublesome phone sales employees: toxic "bros" delusionally narcissistic Adam (Adam DeVine), "human khakis" Ders (Anders Holm), and micro-penised stoner Blake (Blake Anderson). As in the fashion of many shows about co-dependent friendships, the final season of Workaholics actually offers little in the way of closure as the characters find ways to reassert the status quo amidst change; there is, after all, always the possibility of a movie spinoff (in this case, Netflix). The guys smoke more weed, try to get laid, and engage in pseudo-homoerotic sophomorics in ten more adventures that all seem as they could just as easily be slotted in earlier seasons. Adam, Blake, and Ders take over hiring and training the new trainees (in pranking) in "Trainee's Day" (21:21) creating ...


Contact by James-Masaki Ryan (25th June 2017)

"Contact" (2010) In 1964, Yuwali was seventeen when her first contact with "whitefellas" was filmed. Now sixty-two, she tells the story behind this extraordinary footage. Contact is constructed around one of the most compelling pieces of footage in Australian history: the moment in 1964 when a group of Martu women and children walk out from their nomadic existence of millennia in the Western Desert into a new universe – modern Australia. Remarkably, participants from both the Aboriginal and European sides are alive to tell their story. The film centres on Yuwali, the beautiful seventeen-year–old girl we see making that giant leap on 24 September 1964. Now sixty-two, vibrant and with a gorgeous infectious laugh, Yuwali still remembers life before contact, when her tribe flourished in one of the most hostile environments on the planet. 29 May 1964 was the date Australian and European Scientists predicted the Blue Streak rocket they were testing would break up upon re-entry into the earth's atmosphere and plummet into the Percival Lakes area, Yuwali's home. The authorities needed to make contact with anyone who might be living there and evacuate them. The day...


Daughters of the Dust by James-Masaki Ryan (24th June 2017)

“Daughter of the Dust” (1991) Taking place in 1902, the extended Peazant family living on Ibo Landing, St. Simons Island off the coast of South Carolina are contemplating on making an extravagant change in their lives - to leave the island and settle on the mainland. The Peazant family members are Gullah islanders - descendants of West African slaves brought to America and living isolated lives in the post-Civil War environment. While life on the mainland would bring better opportunities, not everyone is willing or wanting to leave. Nana (played by Cora Lee Day) is the eldest member of the family whose roots are deeply connected to the island and the spirits of the ancestors. Passing down tradition, the importance of sacred ground, and spirituality are very important to her and she has no desire to move off the island. Eli (played by Adisa Anderson) is a torn soul. His wife Eula (played by Alva Rogers) was recently raped by a white man on the mainland, to which she is now pregnant with a child and could either be his or...


First Footprints by James-Masaki Ryan (24th June 2017)

"First Footprints" 4-Part Documentary Series (2013) Australia is home to the oldest living cultures in the world. Over fifty thousand years ago, when Neanderthals still dominated Europe and thousands of years before people reached America, people were spreading across this vast southern continent. As the first modern people out of Africa, Aboriginal people made the first open-ocean crossing in history, conducted the world’s earliest ritual cremation, invented technologies such as the hafted stone axe and boomerang, etched the earliest depiction of the human face, engraved the world’s first maps and made the earliest narrative paintings - all pre‑dating the Cro-Magnon of Lascaux, France. Across Australia there are millions of prehistoric paintings, engravings and archaeological sites. The continent is one giant canvas telling an epic story of endurance in the face of terrifying megafauna, catastrophic droughts, rising sea levels, and massive climate shifts that cause both conflict and phenomenal cultural output over tens of thousands of years. "First Footprints" shows for the first time new archaeological discoveries, stunning rock art, a wealth of never-before-s...


RWBY: Volume 4 by Eric Cotenas (23rd June 2017)

Created by the late Monty Oum (who passed away in 2015 at age thirty-three due to an allergic reaction during a surgical procedure), the web series RWBY continues in its fourth volume in the aftermath of the fall of the kingdom of Vale after an attack on the Beacon Academy as the quartet of hunters and huntresses formed from the remnants of teams Ruby (RWBY) and Juniper (JNPR), who having other things to do than argue over whether they are now team JNRR ("Junior") or RNJR ("Ranger") – consisting of young RWBY leader Ruby Rose (voiced by Lindsay Jones), JNPR leader/strategist Juane Arc (voiced by series co-writer/co-director Miles Luna), perky but brave Nora Valkyrie (voiced by Samantha Ireland), and her long-suffering childhood friend Lie Ren (voiced by Oum in the first three volumes and by his brother Neath Oum) – are making their way on foot to the kingdom of Mistral, battling monsters on the way as t...


Ice: Season One by Eric Cotenas (23rd June 2017)

The family-run diamond company Green & Green has always had an outwardly spotless reputation until screw-up son Freddy (Six Feet Under's Jeremy Sisto) kills diamond smuggler Avi in a drug-fueled struggle for trying to cheat him. Younger but more responsible brother Jake (Never Back Down's Cam Gigandet) has no trouble disposing of the body, but their father Isaac (Little Children's Raymond J. Barry) – whose father escaped to America from World War II Hungary and built the business from the ground up with a single "Holocaust diamond" – and adopted uncle Cam (The Departed's Ray Winstone) are gearing up for a war with Lady Rah (


A Dog's Purpose by Eric Cotenas (21st June 2017)

Growing up among his litter mates, a puppy (voiced by Beauty and the Beast's Josh Gad) wonders if there is more to life than eating, playing, and sleeping. No sooner does he start to explore the outside world than he is caught by a dog catcher and put to sleep. Reborn as a golden retriever, he grows up in a puppy mill with the same questions. Escaping his captivity, he is caught by a factory worker who thinks he might be worth some money to whoever owns him. The man leaves him in the back seat of his truck during the lunch hour and the young dog nearly dies of heatstroke when he is rescued by eight-year-old Ethan (Bryce Gheisar) and his mother (Frances Ha's Juliet Rylance). The two work on Ethan's salesman father (Touched With Fire's Lu...


House: Two Stories by Anthony Arrigo (19th June 2017)

The names of director Steve Miner and producer Sean S. Cunningham were hot on the lips of horror fans in the early 80's, when the two of them (separately) oversaw the first three entries in the “Friday the 13th” series (Cunningham responsible for the first as producer/director, Miner helmed the following two sequels). A few years later, the two would finally work together – along with writer Fred Dekker (who gets a story credit) – on a horror film with a humorous twist, “House” (1985). Haunted house pictures were old hat by this point, but few had been made with a bent toward comedy, and “House” very much plays like a comic book come to life. Due to its success, only one proper sequel was produced, “House II: The Second Story” (1987), before the series (of sorts) went off the rails and saw two more semi-official entries – neither of which was well-received and, confusingly, weren’t marketed or produced as traditional sequels. In fact, “House III: The Horror Show” (1989) was marketed as just “The Horror Show” in the U.S., yet “House IV” (1992) was released direct-to-video without ever havin...


Man Hunt (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (19th June 2017)

Man Hunt (Fritz Lang, 1941) Adapted from Geoffrey Household’s novel Rogue Male (1938), Man Hunt (1941) was the first of a number of anti-Nazi films that German émigré director Fritz Lang made during the Second World War, sitting alongside Hangmen Also Die (1943, recently released on Blu-ray by Arrow and reviewed by us here), The Ministry of Fear (1944) and Cloak and Dagger (1946). All four films, Peter Bogdanovich has argued, ‘are characterized by an intense personal involvement, a vivid awareness of the fascist mind, missing from other similar movies of that era’ (Bogdanovich, 1997: np). In particular, Man Hunt may to some extent be considered a companion piece to Lang’s later wartime spy drama Cloak and Dagger: where Cloak and Dagger is set towards the end of the Second World War and deals...


House: Two Stories by Anthony Arrigo (19th June 2017)

The names of director Steve Miner and producer Sean S. Cunningham were hot on the lips of horror fans in the early 80's, when the two of them (separately) oversaw the first three entries in the “Friday the 13th” series (Cunningham responsible for the first as producer/director, Miner helmed the following two sequels). A few years later, the two would finally work together – along with writer Fred Dekker (who gets a story credit) – on a horror film with a humorous twist, “House” (1985). Haunted house pictures were old hat by this point, but few had been made with a bent toward comedy, and “House” very much plays like a comic book come to life. Due to its success, only one proper sequel was produced, “House II: The Second Story” (1987), before the series (of sorts) went off the rails and saw two more semi-official entries – neither of which was well-received and, confusingly, weren’t marketed or produced as traditional sequels. In fact, “House III: The Horror Show” (1989) was marketed as just “The Horror Show” in the U.S., yet “House IV” (1992) was released direct-to-video without ever havin...


Mine by Robert Segedy (19th June 2017)

Armie Hammer (what an ironic name for this film) stars in what is essentially a study in isolation when he fails to assassinate his target in a military operation, and ends up all alone in the dessert, with one foot precariously placed on a landmine. Mike (Armie Hammer) is a sniper, and his partner Tommy (Tom Cullen) is his spotter; together they are two marines on a mission in the middle of a dessert. Mike fails to pull the trigger at a crucial moment (in the middle of a marriage ceremony) and because of his hesitation, the enemy is alerted to their presence. This scenario establishes the character of Mike; he isn’t just a soldier that obeys orders, he is a human being with feelings and emotions and the conflict that his character feels is understandable. Tommy, on the other hand is a little more gung-ho; he tells Mike to take the shot, and to hell with the debate over right and wrong. Directors Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro are clearly more interested in creating a believable situation th...


The Legendary Crooners by James-Masaki Ryan (18th June 2017)

"The Legendary Crooners" (2007) "The Legendary Crooners" features classic performances by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and Perry Como. Bing Crosby is featured along with another performer, Louis Armstrong, on Now You Has Jazz. "Der Bingle" also takes a musical trip with Frank Sinatra as they perform "Mexicali Rose", "South of the Border", "I Love Paris" and more and are joined by surprise guest Bob Hope for The Road to Morocco. The warm, easy-going style of Perry Como is on display as he performs "Hello Young Lovers" and sings an engaging duet with Ann-Margaret on "It Might as Well Be Spring". Then it's the "King of Cool" himself, Dean Martin, singing some of his biggest hits including "Oh, Marie" and "That's Amore" and clowning with...


Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith by James-Masaki Ryan (18th June 2017)

“Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith” (2016) When one thinks of science class in school, there were many films and videos used to showcase things that were impossible to detect with the human eye. Plants growing seen through time lapse photography, microscopic worlds of blood vessels and amoebas, these made people see the effects of science through images and made non-scientists understand the complexities of biology and nature. But as with all scientific discoveries and inventions, who was the first to do such work? Born on January 12th, 1880, Frank Percy Smith was a tech geek that was also interested in biology. His first job was a desk clerk at the Board of Education, but his big break came when film entrepreneur Charles Urban saw Smith’s photographic work of nature. The documentary short film series “Unseen Worlds” directed by F. Martin Duncan was looking for a successor and Smith was producer Urban‘s choice. To capture on film the microscopic worlds on film, Smith pioneered in the use of microscopic photography. Using his own bathroom and backyard as a makeshift studio with controlled lighti...


Long Shot by James-Masaki Ryan (18th June 2017)

“Long Shot” (1978) Charlie (played by Charles Gormley") and Neville (played by Neville Smith) are respectively a film producer and a film writer. It’s 1977 and these two Scots are trying to get their script for “Gulf and Western” a greenlight. Problems are - they have no financing, no director, and no experience in feature filmmaking. The two hustle and bustle in hopes of getting people interested in their project, and the upcoming Edinburgh Film Festival is the perfect opportunity. A financer says a consideration would be to get a big director on board and Charlie and Neville have just the name in mind - Samuel Fuller. The celebrated hardboiled director is supposed to appear at the festival to promote “The American Friend”, the Wim Wenders directed film which Fuller makes an appearance. While neither have met the legendary director, they do everything they can to get information on the man while posing a...


Beauty and the Beast by Eric Cotenas (17th June 2017)

"Just a little change, small, to say the least," sings Ariana Grande in her duet version of "Beauty and the Beast" theme song with John Legend – one of three songs appended to the ten minute end title sequence along with a Celine Dion's version of "How Does A Moment Last Forever" and Josh Groban's of "Evermore" (the latter two new songs but already "covered" by the cast in the body of the film itself) in a last-ditch effort to distinguish Disney's live-action version of their acclaimed 1991 animated musical which recycles all of the original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (with some new input from Tim Rice) while giving prominent credit to the screenplay's few new touches to


Broad City: Season 3 by Eric Cotenas (16th June 2017)

Hip Jewish New Yorkers Abbi Abrams (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising's Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana Wexler (The Night Before's Ilana Glazer) and make cheerfully vulgar satirical jabs at the first world issues so blithely addressed in HBO's Girls in the third season of Comedy Central's Broad City. Over the course of ten episodes, "Soulstice" celebrity trainer Abbi ("Kris Kristofferson comes in, mostly core work"), internet startup social media worker Ilana ("I tweet, I tweet," she sings), Abbi's ambiguously bisexual roommate Bevers (John Gemberling), Ilana's on-and-off again boyfriend Lincoln (Daddy's Home's Hannibal Buress), long-suffering brother Eliot (


Madhouse AKA There Was A Little Girl AKA And When She Was Bad AKA Flesh And The Beast (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (15th June 2017)

Madhouse AKA There Was a Little Girl (Ovidio G Assonitis, 1981) An American-set film by the Egyptian-born director Ovidio G Assonitis, a filmmaker most commonly associated with Americanised Italian genre cinema (the San Francisco-set Chi sei?/Beyond the Door, 1974; the California-set Tentacoli/Tentacles, 1977), Madhouse conforms roughly to the paradigms of the American stalk-and-slash/bodycount/slasher pictures of the era. Though shot in America, Madhouse was made by an almost all-Italian crew and the film seems to have an askance outsider’s view of American culture – rather like some of the American-set Italian thrillers and horror films of the early 1980s. With its setting in Georgia, Madhouse might suggest – like Lucio Fulci’s L’adilà (The Beyond, 1981), which has a similar setting in the southern states of the US – a fasci...


Headshot (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (13th June 2017)

Headshot (Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto, 2016) Indonesian writer-directors Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, often credited as ‘The Mo Brothers’ on the film on which they collaborate, began their filmmaking career with a short, ‘Dara’, in 2007. After directing a segment for the portmanteau horror picture Takut Faces of Fear in 2008, they collaborated on their first feature film, Macabre (also 2009). A horror film comparable to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974), featuring a group of young people who find themselves trapped in an isolated house belonging to a family of killers, Macabre was an extension of their short film ‘Dara’. Their second feature film together, Killers (2014), was produced by Gareth Evans, and had a similar restless energy and forward momentum to Evans’ own The Raid (2011). In its fusion of high octane gunplay and brutal mart...


Enter the Ninja by James-Masaki Ryan (11th June 2017)

“Enter the Ninja” (1981) Cole (played by Franco Nero) has completed his intensive training in Japan as a ninja, but not all are accepting. Fellow ninja Hasegawa (played by Sho Kosugi) sees ninjitsu as a strong Japanese tradition that a white American like Cole could not fully realize. Regardless of Hasegawa’s actions and thoughts, Cole leaves to Manila, The Philippines to restart his life again, meeting up with his old war buddy Frank (played by Alex Courtney). Living on a farm with his wife mary-Ann (played by Susan George), there are some issues happening in the area, as foreign business owners are using forceful tactics to threaten villagers and local businesses to try to gain territory. Seeing the injustice, Cole takes it upon himself to use his skills as a ninja to protect his old friend and the people. But the businessmen have many dirty tactics to use against Cole and everyone else… “Enter the Ninja” was one of the early starts of the ninja craze sweeping west...


Revenge of the Ninja by James-Masaki Ryan (11th June 2017)

“Enter the Ninja” (1981) Cole (played by Franco Nero) has completed his intensive training in Japan as a ninja, but not all are accepting. Fellow ninja Hasegawa (played by Sho Kosugi) sees ninjitsu as a strong Japanese tradition that a white American like Cole could not fully realize. Regardless of Hasegawa’s actions and thoughts, Cole leaves to Manila, The Philippines to restart his life again, meeting up with his old war buddy Frank (played by Alex Courtney). Living on a farm with his wife mary-Ann (played by Susan George), there are some issues happening in the area, as foreign business owners are using forceful tactics to threaten villagers and local businesses to try to gain territory. Seeing the injustice, Cole takes it upon himself to use his skills as a ninja to protect his old friend and the people. But the businessmen have many dirty tactics to use against Cole and everyone else… “Enter the Ninja” was one of the early starts of the ninja craze sweeping west...


Trespass Against Us by James-Masaki Ryan (11th June 2017)

"Trespass Against Us" "Trespass Against Us" is set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of Britain’s richest countryside. Chad Cutler (played by Michael Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (played by Brendan Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (played by Georgie Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. Featuring incredible performances – and an astonishing score by The Chemical BrothersTrespass Against Us is at once an exhilarating crime thriller and a profoundly moving story about love and family. With the performances of Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in the leads featuring a soundtrack scored by The Chemical Brothers, "Trespass Against Us" seemed like a surefire success, but overall fails to deliver d...


Housekeeping by James-Masaki Ryan (11th June 2017)

“Housekeeping” (1987) Ruth (played by Tonya Tanner as a child) and Lucille (played by Leah Penny as a child) are elementary school aged sisters living with their single mother Helen (plaeyd by Margot Pinvidic) in Seattle, Washington. Helen one day takes the girls on a road trip to visit their grandmother (played by Georgie Collins) in the rural town of Fingerbone, but the visit turns longer than expected for the girls. Helen has no plans for the kids to return to Seattle, nor does she have plans to go back either. Dropping the kids off, she takes the car and plunges it into the water, leaving the kids parent-less and custody going to their grandma. Eventually their lives would continue in Fingerbone, with their grandma passing seven years later. The person to return to Fingerbone to become their new guardian is their mother’s sister - Sylvie (played by Christine Lahti). Sylvie lived a very unconventional life -moving from ...


Klown: The Movie AKA Klovn: The Movie (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (10th June 2017)

Klown AKA Klovn: The Movie (Mikkel Nørgaard, 2010) The big screen version of Danish television comedy Klovn (Klown; Nutmeg Movies/Zentropa Episode, 2005-9), this film follows the further adventures of socially awkward Frank (Frank Hvam), his friend Casper (Casper Christensen), Frank’s girlfriend Mia (Mia Lyhne) and Casper’s wife Iben (Iben Hjejle). Like the series on which it is based, Klovn: The Movie demonstrates a heavy debt to Larry David’s US comedy-of-manners sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO, 1999- ). The dynamics within both series are very similar: mirroring the relationship between Larry (Larry David) and his wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) in Curb…, in Klovn Frank, whose social ineptitude lands him in a seemingly infinite number of awkward situations, enjoys a tense relationship with h...


Spotlight on a Murderer AKA Pleins feux sur l'assassin (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (8th June 2017)

Pleins feux sur l’assassin (Spotlight on a Murderer, Georges Franju, 1961) Although Georges Franju only directed eight feature-length films, beginning with the stark La tête contre les murs (The Keepers, 1959) and ending with Nuits rouges (Shadowman, 1974), his impact on French cinema was significant. Despite this, however, Franju’s films remain difficult to see, his career perhaps overshadowed by the international popularity of his second feature, Les yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face, 1960). Franju’s films teased surrealistic imagery out of naturalistic settings, their hints of the fantastical butting up against Franju’s experience as a documentary filmmaker. Franju’s third feature film, Spotlight on a Murderer is based on a novel by the masters of mid-20th Century French crime fiction, Pierre Boileau and Th...


Joan of Arcadia: The Complete Series by Eric Cotenas (6th June 2017)

In the aftermath of a car accident that ended their elder son Kevin's (Freddy vs Jason's Jason Ritter) dreams of being a professional athlete, the Girardi family has moved to the Midwestern town of Arcadia where father Will (Criminal Minds' Joe Mantegna) has accepted the position of Chief of Police and mother Helen (Justfied's Mary Steenburgen) is working in the attendance office of Arcadia High School which is attended by daughter Joan (The Grudge 2's Amber Tamblyn) and younger son Luke (Z Nation's Michael Welch). Whi...


Decoy: The Complete Series by Eric Cotenas (6th June 2017)

Dedicated to the New York City Bureau of Policewomen, Decoy ran only one season from 1957 to 1958 but it broke a lot of ground not only in representing women in the police force but also influencing subsequent police shows. It was the first cop show to be shot on location in New York City, taking advantage of plenty of location photography (much of it with a hidden camera so as not to spook onlookers), the first to feature a policewoman in a lead role (rather than as a cheesecake "special guest star" or woman with a chip on her shoulder as they often still were in shows ranging from Dragnet and Adam-12 to The Streets of San Francisco and CHiPs), and one of the first cop shows in general to cover some of the more sordid aspects of life to which the police are exposed. The titular decoy is police woman Patricia "Casey" Jones (My Three Sons'


Evil Ed AKA Censor! (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (6th June 2017)

Evil Ed (Anders Jacobsson, 1995) Horror comedies are a dubious proposition at the best of times, but the very notion of a Swedish horror comedy is enough to suggest a truly bizarre concoction, Swedish cinema largely being associated for international audiences with either highbrow fare such as the films of Ingmar Bergman or Vilgot Sjoman’s I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967), or transgressive (s)exploitation films like Bo Arne Vibenius’ Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973). As one might expect from a film bearing the label 'horror comedy', especially a film which wears its allusions to Sam Raimi’s Three Stooges-inspired Evil Dead (1981) in its title, Anders Jacobsson’s Evil Ed descends into raucous slapstick. Excessive to the point of absurdity, the film’s violence is definitely situated within a post-Bad Taste (Peter Jackson, 1987) context. Brains are splattered across the floor; limbs are severed by shotgun blasts. The violence is so graphic that one can’t help but laugh at it – or, possibly, be deeply offended....


Pelle the Conqueror by Eric Cotenas (5th June 2017)

Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film): Denmark (won) and (Best Actor in a Lead Role): Max Von Sydow (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1989 Golden Globe (Best Foreign Language Film): Denmark (won) - Golden Globes, 1989 BAFTA Film Award (Best Film not in the English Language): Per Holst and Bille August (nominated) - Bodil (Best Film): Bille August (won), (Best Actor): Max Von Sydow (won), (Best Supporting Actor): Björn Granath (won), and (Best Supporting Actress): Karen Wegener (won) - Bodil Awards, 1988 Palme d'Or: Bille August (won) - Cannes Film Festival, 1988 Emigrating from Tomelila, Sweden to Denmark in search of better prospects, widower Lasse Karlsson (Hour of the Wolf's Max von Sydow) and his ...


The Angry Video Game Nerd: AVGN X2 by James-Masaki Ryan (4th June 2017)

“AVGN X2”: Episodes 101-114 (2011-2013) Since 2004, “The Angry Video Game Nerd” with his trademark white button up shirt, glasses, and bottles of Rolling Rock beer has taken us back to the past, by playing and reliving the childhood frustrations of old video games. With more than 100 Internet episodes made almost entirely by James Rolfe himself, directing, acting, writing, and editing, plus one feature length theatrical film for the 10th anniversary, volumes of DVD and also Blu-ray releases, the series still goes strong (although not as frequent) to this day. The 100th episode “R.O.B.” from March 2011 was the most ambitious and technically challenging production to date for the series and even Rolfe has admitted of possibly ending it at that on a very high note. Though luckily for fans, new episodes started just a month later with “Steven Spielberg Games” in April. Episodes followed in one to two month gaps which was a longer than what was the norm as production of the feature film “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie” was underway, but that did...


Film/Notfilm by James-Masaki Ryan (4th June 2017)

“Film/Notfilm” This BFI Blu-ray+DVD dual format set includes the short films “Film” (1965) and “Film” (1979), and the documentary “Notfilm” (2015). “Film” (1965) Writer Samuel Beckett’s works have been studied, praised, and debated over the years during his lifetime as well as after his death in 1989 at the age of 83. The 1969 Nobel Prize winner wrote poems, novels, teleplays and stage plays in both his native English and second language of French, as the Irish born writer lived most of his adult life in Paris. But one of his works has been mythical - his one and only screenplay. Beckett’s American publisher Barney Rosset commissioned the work for a short film that was to become part of an omnibus of shorts by acclaimed writers, and work began on the script in 1963 with Beckett as the writer and television and stage director Alan Schneider as the director. For the ...


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....