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The Best of British Transport Films by James-Masaki Ryan (19th May 2019)

The Best of British Transport Films From the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have been fascinated by trains. From the early silent landmark "The Great Train Robbery" (1903), Buster Keaton's expensive and dangerous "The General" (1926), to the post-apocalyptic "Snowpiercer" (2013), generations have been fascinated by trains on film in various genres and situations. Documentaries prove just as wide, with filmmakers as well as amateur trainspotters around the world frequently taking photos and film of running trains for just as long. A milestone in technology as well as in expansion of transport and travel, the steam engine train may be the most important advancement of the 19th century. More than 200 years have passed since the first steam engine locomotive took its maiden journey in the United Kingdom on February 21, 1804, rail transport is still a main form of transportation by millions in the country and even more globally. Of course over the two centuries many additio...


Rhinoceros by Eric Cotenas (18th May 2019)

Accountant Stanley (Young Frankenstein's Gene Wilder) feels out of step with the pace and routines of modern life, finding solace in boozing and partying nightly in spite of the inevitable hangovers, with only an unrequited interest in office receptionist Daisy (Burnt Offerings' Karen Black). His effete neighbor and best friend John (Mastermind's Zero Mostel) can only express disgust at Stanley's shabbiness and lackadaisical attitude, insisting that he needs to nurture intellectual and artistic interests. Stanley cannot even be roused to concern when a rhinoceros barrels down the street and causes chaos and property damage. Despite newspaper and television news reports of more rhinoceros sightings and the eye-witness account of Daisy, co-worker Carl (...


Annihilators, The (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (18th May 2019)

The Annihilators (Charles E Sellier, Jr, 1985) Synopsis: The Vietnam War. A platoon of American elite soldiers – consisting of Bill (Christopher Stone), Ray (Gerrit Graham), Garrett (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), Woody (Andy Wood) and Joe (Dennis Redfield) – who are given their orders by a mysterious intelligence officer known only as ‘Popeye’, find themselves ambushed by the NVA. They survive only thanks to the selflessness of Joe, who rescues the other three heroically, but at a cost: Joe suffers a spinal injury that will confine him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Some years later, back home in Atlanta, Joe is working for his father Louie (Sid Conrad) in a neighbourhood that is controlled by three street gangs: the Scorpions, the Turks and the Rollers, the latter of which is led by the vicious Roy Boy (...


Grand Duel (The) AKA Il Grande duello AKA The Big Showdown AKA Storm Rider (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (17th May 2019)

Il grande duello / The Grand Duel / The Big Showdown / Storm Riders (Giancarlo Santi, 1972) Synopsis: A stagecoach arrives at the small mining town of Gila Bend but its entry into the town itself is prevented by a group of bounty killers who have arrived in Gila Bend, placing its residents in fear of their lives, with the intention of killing and capturing Philip Vermeer (Alberto Dentice). Vermeer is a fugitive, having escaped from the law in Jefferson, and is wanted for murdering a wealthy landowner named Saxon, a founding father of Saxon City, the settlement named after him. Aboard the stagecoach is Clayton (Lee Van Cleef), the disgraced former sheriff of Saxon City. Clayton coolly disobeys the bounty killers who have ‘locked down’ Gila Bend, using a variety of techniques to reveal their locations to Vermeer so that Vermeer knows where they are hiding. When a gunfight breaks out between the bounty hunters and Vermeer, Clayton assists Vermeer in escaping from Gila Bend, offering him a ride in the stagecoach – ...


The Woman in the Window by Eric Cotenas (13th May 2019)

"The flesh is still strong but the spirit grows weaker by the hour," says middle-aged criminology professor Richard Wanley (The Red House's Edward G. Robinson) to cohorts District Attorney Frank Lalor (The Old Dark House's Raymond Massey) and psychiatrist Dr. Michael Barkstane (Gaslight's Edmund Breon) of his prospects for adventure while his wife (Saboteur's Dorothy Peterson) and children (Electra Glide in Blue's Robert Blake and ...


La Ronde by Eric Cotenas (13th May 2019)

Oscar (Best Writing, Screenplay): Jacques Natanson and Max Ophüls (nominated) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White: Jean d'Eaubonne (nominated)- Academy Awards 1952 BAFTA Film Award (Best Film from any Source): La Ronde (winner) - BAFTA Awards, 1952 International Award (Best Screenplay): Jacques Natanson and Max Ophüls (winner), Best Production Design: Jean d'Eaubonne (winner) and Golden Lion: Max Ophüls (nominated) - Venice Film Festival, 1950 Master of Ceremonies (Gaslight's Anton Walbrook) guides the viewer through a series of vignettes in Vienna 1900. Young soldier Franz (...


Scared Stiff AKA The Materson Curse (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (12th May 2019)

Scared Stiff (Richard Friedman, 1987) Synopsis: In Charlesburg, 1857, cruel slave owner and composer of music(!) George Masterson (David Ramsey) is informed during a slave auction that some of his slaves have ‘holed up in your own house’ where, in the attic, they are conducting a Voodoo ritual. ‘Curse you, Masterson; curse you and all that is Masterson’, the houngan asserts during this ritual. Simultaneously, on the Ivory Coast another ritual is taking place with a corpse as its centrepiece. In Charlesburg, Masterson’s wife Elizabeth (Nicole Fortier) is sympathetic to the slaves but lives in fear of her cruel and twisted husband. She speaks with the group gathered in the attic, who present Elizabeth with an amulet that the houngan asserts ‘will protect you’. However, shortly afterwards Masterson enters the attic and shoots the slaves, killing them. In the present day, psychiatric doctor David Young (Andrew Stevens) makes plans to move his lover Kate Christopher (...


Black Moon Rising (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (11th May 2019)

Black Moon Rising (Harley Cokeliss, 1986) Synopsis: The FBI hire ‘freelance’ thief Quint (Tommy Lee Jones) to steal evidence from the Lucky Dollar Corporation; this evidence will implicate Lucky Dollar Corp in a tax evasion scheme. Quint uses some high tech gadgetry to crack the digital keypad of the Lucky Dollar Corp building before sneaking inside. However, after he has grabbed the data, the alarm is triggered and, whilst fleeing from the building, Quint is recognised by a former associate, Marvin Ringer (Lee Ving). Meanwhile, in the Nevada desert former NASA engineer Earl (Richard Jaeckel) and his buddies Billy (Dan Shor) and Tyke (William Sanderson) are testing an experimental car named the Black Moon. With a sleek black and red aerodynamic frame built from Kevlar, making it bulletproof, the Black Moon has a jet propulsion system allowing it to reach speeds of up to 325 miles per hour. At a petrol station outside Vegas, the paths of Quint and the Black Moon cross. Whilst Earl and his colleagues are distracted, realising he is being pursued b...


Storm Boy by James-Masaki Ryan (11th May 2019)

"Storm Boy" (1976) Tom Kingley (played by Peter Cummins) lives with his 10 year old son Mike (played by Greg Rowe) on the rural coast of South Australia, cut off from society. "Hide-away" Tom, as he is called, makes his living as a fisherman while also teaching his son the trade. Mike has no one else to talk to or interact with as he does not go to school, but suddenly finds a friend with an aboriginal man in the area who calls himself "Fingerbone" Bill (played by David Gulpilil). But one day when Mike encounters some hunters shoot down a pelican which leaves her three baby birds alone, he decides to take it upon himself to raise them. The father is hesitant but eventually accepts as long as Mike assumes complete responsibility. While becoming a surrogate parent for the pelicans, Mike is also growing, including questioning his own life and purpose. Novelist Colin Thiele wrote more than a hundred books during his lifetime, with many concentrating on children's views a...


Hostage by Eric Cotenas (7th May 2019)

Bra Jack (Rich Girl's Popo Gumede) and his partners Thandi (Sylvia Makhathini) and Jabu (Panga's Dumi Shongwe) have been profiting from a scheme blackmailing businessmen with compromising photos of them in Thandi's intimate company. When Bra Jack decides they should expand into drug dealing, he tasks Jabu with looking for a place to stash the contraband. Jabu decides that an ideal candidate would be import/export owner Ben Jackson (Umbango's Vincent Velekazi). When Ben refuses Bra Jack's vague proposition and Jabu is unable to find any dirt on him, they send Thandi to pose as a journalist who invites him up to a hotel room for an interview. Thandi drugs Ben and Jabu snaps some pictures of them together which Bra Jack then presents to Ben to urge him to cooperate. Thoroughly devoted to his ...


Rider on the Rain by Robert Segedy (7th May 2019)

The film begins with a quote from author Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland" and that means that we should be on guard for surprises, but also that the heroine of the film, Melancolie “Mellie” Mau (Marlène Jobert) is a stand in for Alice, and she is in store for an adventure that will be equally as disarming. Directed by René Clément with an assured hand and a definite sense of style, this film harkens back to classic Alfred Hitchcock. The film is set in the seaside town of Cap des Pins in France and it is the off season so it appears that the town is empty. It is raining and the local bus comes through; an odd looking stranger (Marc Mazza) is dropped off and he walks into town carrying a small red flight bag. Mellie sees the man and remarks to her sarcastic mother, Juliette (Annie Cordy) that “he must have ridden in on the rain.” The Doors fans take note: this film provided the inspirati...


The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire by Robert Segedy (7th May 2019)

"The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire" is a great title, but a not so great giallo. Cashing in on the Dario Argento inspired trend of naming your thrillers with an animal hybrid trend of the 70’s, we have yet another not so much a classic film, but more so a puzzling piece of Italian inspired chicanery with plenty of suspicious characters, violent death scenes, a world weary ex-cop, and it all takes place in Dublin, of all places. Don’t come looking for anything resembling a sensible plot line from this one, instead just ease into it like a hot bath, and simply absorb the film as it unwinds before your eyes. We begin with the rather bizarre murder of a young woman as she sits at home by a sunglasses wearing black gloved intruder; he first tosses acid into her face and then eagerly slits her throat with a straight razor. The special effects are notoriously hokey and laughable, but Director Riccardo Freda (credited here as Willy Pareto) must like the red stuff because the camera gets in good and close for these shots. Forget that we have no clue who the victim is or why she needed to die such a violent death, this is merely the direc...


The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire by Robert Segedy (7th May 2019)

"The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire" is a great title, but a not so great giallo. Cashing in on the Dario Argento inspired trend of naming your thrillers with an animal hybrid trend of the 70’s, we have yet another not so much a classic film, but more so a puzzling piece of Italian inspired chicanery with plenty of suspicious characters, violent death scenes, a world weary ex-cop, and it all takes place in Dublin, of all places. Don’t come looking for anything resembling a sensible plot line from this one, instead just ease into it like a hot bath, and simply absorb the film as it unwinds before your eyes. We begin with the rather bizarre murder of a young woman as she sits at home by a sunglasses wearing black gloved intruder; he first tosses acid into her face and then eagerly slits her throat with a straight razor. The special effects are notoriously hokey and laughable, but Director Riccardo Freda (credited here as Willy Pareto) must like the red stuff because the camera gets in good and close for these shots. Forget that we have no clue who the victim is or why she needed to die such a violent death, this is merely the direc...


Heat and Dust by James-Masaki Ryan (6th May 2019)

"Heat and Dust" (1983) Anne (played by Julie Christie) is a BBC journalist that discovers old letters written by her great aunt Olivia (played by Greta Scacchi) that fascinates her and takes her on a search for more information by traveling to India. Olivia Rivers moved to India from England in the 1920s due to her husband Douglas' (played by Christopher Cazenove) job. While the newlyweds were very much in love, she was bored by the English colonial lifestyle and dissuaded by how the English looked down toward the local people and customs - something she became fascinated by. From the music to the culture, she started to immerse herself with the country, but a relationship with the Nawab (played by Shashi Kapoor turns into something unexpected and forbidden. Decades later with Anne, while exploring the land that her great-aunt lived, her journey to discover the past also becomes a journey of discovering herself with emotional consequences. Essentially two stories in t...


Shakespeare Wallah by James-Masaki Ryan (5th May 2019)

"Shakespeare Wallah" (1965) The Buckingham Players are a traveling acting troupe specializing in the works of Shakespeare. Led by Tony Buckingham (played by Geoffrey Kendal), the troupe also includes his family with his wife Carla (played by Laura Liddell) and daughter Lizzie (played by Felicity Kendal). Performing throughout India over the decades for both the middle class at theaters as well as private performances for the maharajahs at their lavish palaces, there has been a steady decline in turnout for their acts over time. After their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the Buckinghams luckily encounter Sanju (played by Shashi Kapoor) who helps them and offers guidance. He is immediately infatuated with the beautiful Lizzie, even though he is not much familiar with stage acting or Shakespeare except for the basics. Lizzie slowly but surely starts falling for the young man, but this infuriates Manjula (played by ...


What Men Want by Eric Cotenas (5th May 2019)

Ali Davis (Person of Interest's Taraji P. Henson) is an aggressive, high-powered Atlanta, Georgia sports agent who feels comfortable in the testosterone-filled working environment of jocks, bros, and locker room talk. With several Olympic athletes under her belt, she is expecting that she will be the agency's newest partner. When the partnership goes instead to "baby manchild" Eddie (Love's Chris Witaske), Ali confronts boss Nick Ivers (Stone Cold's Brian Bosworth) who insists that the business is not a boy's club but a meritocracy, and that the promotion to partner is an anonymous vote of the partners. Although he cannot tell her who voted against her, Nick sums up her problem is that she does not "connect well" with men which is why her clients are female Olympic gold medalists rather than anyone...


Isiboshwa by Eric Cotenas (5th May 2019)

Three teenage boys are going to spend the holidays camping near a lake. Oldest boy Bayade ('s ) teases younger Keeper ('s ) about the site's supposedly haunted reputation involving a hook-handed old man who decapitates children. Sensible Sizwe ('s ) keeps the peace between the two, but even he is incredulous as Bayade when Keeper claims that someone has rifled through their belongings while they were swimming, the whereabouts of Keeper's vanishing shoes, or of a strange incident involving a log that has a life of its own while gathering firewood. When someone steals food and vandalizes their campsite, however, Bayade is the only one who wants to stay and fight whoever is trying to frighten them away. The three set up booby traps and fashion weapons, training as inspired by the "Shaka days." An apartheid-era coming of age story, Isiboshwa's tone shifts might seem disconcerting as the light-hearted venture gets more sinister with some slasher movie-esque POV sequences and a very real sense of threat by the perpetrators (...


Rich Girl by Eric Cotenas (5th May 2019)

Bodyguard Robert Gambu (Operation Hit Squad's Popo Gumede) is hired by wealthy South African businessman Mr. Dlamini to protect his daughter Charlotte (Lungi Mdlala) when she refuses to leave the country for her safety. Although Robert introduces himself as her new chauffeur, Charlotte is savvy enough to know the real reason her father hired him. They nevertheless strike up a friendship over sports but she feels stifled by his constant alertness and proximity as an extension of the control her father exerted over her even when she was away at school. A patron of local artists, Charlotte buys up an entire collection and wants to buy a building to turn into a gallery space. She slips away from Robert to meet property agent Max (Max Mkhwanzi) but Robert catches up and immediately distrusts Max; and with good reason since it turns out that Max is working with Barack (Hector Methandie) who kidnaps both of them a...


The Wife Killer... by Robert Segedy (5th May 2019)

Mondo Macabro expands my head once again with the madness of "The Greek Collection Volume Two" presentation of "The Wife Killer..." What we have here is a sleaze filled offering by Greek director Kostas Karagiannis (credited here as Dacosta Carayan) as he throws a little of his favorite Alfred Hitchcock homages into the mix alongside plenty of nudity, perversion and brutality. Oh, did I mention the frequent slaps that occur throughout the film as well; I mean more slaps than a Moe Howard short. Both sexes get backhanders across the mugs as if to punctuate the level of lewdness on the screen, but wait there’s more here than meets the eye. Our film starts with a scene of a party on a yacht named Captain Jim; it was a birthday gift by the newly married and wealthy Helen (Dorothy Moore) to her playboy husband of the same name (Lakis Komninos or the Americanized Larry Daniels). Jim stands around looking bored by this lavish affair but perks up a bit when he spies the doctor (...


West of Sunshine by James-Masaki Ryan (4th May 2019)

"West of Sunshine" (2017) Jim (played by Damian Hill) is a courier that is down on his luck both personally and financially. He is struggles with gambling has given him considerable debt and severed his relations with his family. Forgetting that today was a day that he was to take care of his son Alex (played by Ty Perham), his job making deliveries with his classic car becomes a bigger chore than expected. The two are distant with Alex not respecting his father and Jim not being able to communicate with the young boy well. In addition, a loan shark is demanding that Jim make his payment by the day, which puts both Jim and Alex's lives at risk... Filmmaker Jason Raftopoulos's 2011 short film "Father's Day", which follows a gambling addicted father's journey of taking care of his son for a day was the basis of his feature film debut "West of Sunshine", which takes the same story and extends it further with character and scenario. Financed independently and usi...


Never Grow Old by Robert Segedy (2nd May 2019)

They say that there are a million ways to die and there probably was more than that if you happened to live in the Old West in 1849. The average life span wasn’t more than 47 if you were lucky or careful; women outlived men, but many would die young during childbirth and because of various illnesses. The role of the undertaker was an interesting one and the most common role was the dual occupation of furniture maker and mortician, or in this case, town carpenter. If you lived in a town, then the undertaker would take care of the corpse, but if you lived outside of town, the family would either manufacture or buy a coffin and the body would be exhibited in the house for a day before the burial. Since embalming fluid wouldn’t be discovered till 1867, the body would be buried as soon as possible. So what’s with this history of mortuary science having to do with "Never Grow Old"? It’s simple; the protagonist, Patrick Tate (Emile Hirsch) is the town of Garlow’s undertaker. Tate is a man of simple desires; he is a family man, honest and hardworking, and he doesn’t drink. The town of Garlow, we learn, is one of the many small towns that have sprung up on the road to California and accordi...


Everybody in Our Family by Eric Cotenas (1st May 2019)

Anonimul Trophy: Radu Jude (won) - Anonimul International Independent Film Festival, 2012 Blue Angel (Best Director): Radu Jude (won), Best Male Performance: Serban Pavlu (won), and Best Film: Radu Jude (nominated) - Art Film Festival, 2012 Gopos Award (Best Directing): Radu Jude (won), Best Actor in a Leading Role: Serban Pavlu (won), Best Feature Film: Ada Solomon (producer) and Radu Jude (won), Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Mihaela Sirbu (won), Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Gabriel Spahiu (won), Best Screenplay: Radu Jude and Corina Sabau (won), Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez (nominated), Best Sound: Simone Galavazi and ...


Farinelli by Eric Cotenas (29th April 2019)

Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film): Belgium (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1995 Golden Globe (Best Foreign Lanugage Film): Beligium (winner) - Golden Globes, 1995 César (Best Production Design): Gianni Quaranta (winner), Best Sound: Jean-Paul Mugel and Dominique Hennequin (winner), and Best Costume Design: Anne de Laugardière and Olga Berluti (nominated) - César Awards, 1995 David (Best Costume Design): Olga Berluti (winner) and Best Production Desig: Gianni Quaranta (nominated) - David di Donatello Awards, 1995 "Your death is in your throat," a castratto warns young choirboy Carlo Bruschi before jumping to his death. Too young to understand what a castratto is but fearing death, Carlo refuses to sing when his budding composer brother Riccardo is set to play a piece for teacher Nicola Porpora (...


Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (The) AKA L'iguana dalla lingua di fuoco (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (29th April 2019)

Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (L’iguana dalla lingua di fuoco; Riccardo Freda, 1971) Synopsis: Dublin. The corpse of a young woman is found in the car of Sobiesky (Anton Diffring), the Swiss ambassador to Ireland. The woman has been murdered cruelly: acid was thrown into her face before her throat was cut with a razor. The body is discovered by Bernard, the young son of Sobiesky and his wife (Valentina Cortese). The corpse is examined by Dr Johnson (Niall Toibin), and the police, represented by Inspector Lawrence (Arthur O’Sullivan), question the Sobieskys, including their daughter Helen (Dagmar Lassander) and chauffeur Mandel (Renato Romano). In a nightclub, Helen is eyed up by John Norton (Luigi Pistilli). Outside the club, Norton offers Helen a lift home on his motorcycle; Helen accepts, and the pair end up sleeping together. Meanwhile, Sobiesky visits a nightclub singer who is blackmailing him over an affair Sobiesky conducted with her previously. The singer is soon found dead; the discovery of the body causes Dr Johnson, who is also in the nightclub, to offer his services in examining the corpse...


Cujo by Eric Cotenas (24th April 2019)

Castle Rock housewife Donna Trenton (The Howling's Dee Wallace) is bored with life. Her husband Vic (Hardcastle and McCormick's Daniel Hugh Kelly) has a fulfilling career as an advertising executive but is always away. Her young son Tad (Who's the Boss?'s Danny Pintauro) lives in fear of the dark and a monster in the closet and only daddy knows the magic words to protect him. Even her affair with the local stud handyman Steve (Love Me Deadly's Christopher Stone, Wallace's husband at the time) feels like a pathetic cliché, and its resolution unfolds just as explosively as expected. When a public relations scandal hits the Sharp Cereal brand and Vic is called...


One, Two, Three by Eric Cotenas (19th April 2019)

Oscar (Best Cinematography, Black-and-White): Daniel L. Fapp (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1962 Golden Globe (Best Motion Picture - Comedy): One, Two, Three (nominated) and Best Supporting Actress: Pamela Tiffin (nominated) - Golden Globes, 1962 Once exiled to Coca-Cola's South American arm after a riot lead to a burned down plant in the Middle East, executive C.R. MacNamara (Angels with Dirty Faces' James Cagney) is on his way back up the ladder assigned to West Germany and determined to make the most of it, going beyond supplanting Rhine wine and beer with Coca-Cola in the West – while being wary of smuggling into the Communist East and the unlikeliness of getting back the empties – and attempting to beat Pepsi in cracking the Iron Curtain. His meeting with Russian trade ministers lead by Peripetchikoff (Road to Bali's ...


Highway Patrolman: Special Edition by Robert Segedy (18th April 2019)

Moreover a character study than a feature film, "Highway Patrolman" AKA "El patrullero" is a fascinating and insightful look at the career of Pedro (Roberto Sosa) as he joins the ranks of law enforcement in the Mexican city of Durango. Going against the wishes of his missing, but still powerful father, Pedro joins the police in order to make some type of a statement against his culture. His upbringing, his own idea of masculinity, and as Marlon Brando once put it, “what else have you got?” Pedro is easily misled by the majority of people that he encounters including various females in distress, but as we watch the film progress, we see a change slowly overcome the feisty officer. Made on a low budget, this was a definite change up for director Alex Cox, but this film is still extremely watchable and interesting. Supposedly financed with Japanese funds, the backers saw the film as a hybrid of the Samurai genre, and I reckon that is true to an extent. Pedro is an alienated outsider fighting a one man war against society and capitalism while traveling its back roads waiting for somethi...


Dark River by Robert Segedy (18th April 2019)

The title of this film was taken from a Ted Hughes poem, but the source material is a novel entitled "Trespass" by Rose Tremain. The setting is rural Yorkshire and talk about the perfect setting for the film, the rainy farmlands of Yorkshire matches the brooding storyline. Alice (Ruth Wilson) is a woman with a past that haunts her daily; she travels across the countryside shearing sheep with a group of other journeymen, but now after fifteen years of being away, word has reached her that her father has died. Alice plans on returning home and claiming the farm for her own, but there is the issue of her brother Joe (Mark Stanley) who has stayed behind and took care of their ailing father Richard (Sean Bean). Alice returns to her childhood home, but is shocked at the abysmal conditions that have overtaken the place. Fences are in sore need of mending, the sheep need some attention immediately, and rats have invaded the house and sheds. And there is the matter of the ghosts that linger in Alice...


Before and After by Robert Segedy (18th April 2019)

“Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.” - Reinhold Niebuhr. Kino Lorber reminds me of a paperback publisher that continually re-releases material that had previously done well when it was first published, and this film is a prime example of that metaphor. Mill Creek had previously released this film before. The film is based on the novel by the same name from author Rosellen Brown published in 2005. Set in Western Massachusetts, an average family is torn apart when their sixteen year old son is suspected in the murder of his girlfriend. The film addresses many complicated issues including family loyalty, ethics and the law, issues of whether or not to interfere with a criminal investigation, and the basic issue of discovering what is the ultimate truth in this situation. We are presented with the characters of the Ryan’s: father Ben (Liam Neeson) is a gifted sculptor of metal and wooden abstract pieces and his wife is Carolyn (...


Terra Formars (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (17th April 2019)

Terra Formars (Miike Takashi, 2016) – a review of the new Blu-ray release from Arrow Video Synopsis: During the 21st Century, humanity attempted to terraform Mars, making it suitable for colonisation. The plan was to create a greenhouse effect; to this end, a capsule containing fauna and a colony of cockroaches, whose endeavours would assist in the terraforming process, was sent to the ‘red planet’. 2597: In Tokyo, a couple – Komachi (Ito Hideaki) and his lover Nanao (Takei Emi) – are pursued by the authorities. They are captured and unwittingly become part of a plan by Professor Honda (Oguri Shun) to recapture the new Eden-like Mars from the evolved humanoid cockroaches that now populate it. Komachi and Nanao are placed with a group of misfits and outcasts – including, as Nanao puts it, ‘An ex-cop, two Yakuza, a serial killer, an illegal immigrant, the leader of a child prostitution ring, a reclusive hacker, [and] a terrorist. What the hell kind of criteria did they use to select us?’ The ...


TECHNICAL REVIEWS
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)....


Drive (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (10th May 2019)

The smash hit LA pulp thriller from BAFTA nominated Director Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon, Only God Forgives) is back, with a special edition featuring - for the first time ever - both the original and alternative Radio 1 soundtrack curated by Zane Lowe and featuring artists including The 1975, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Foals and CHVRCHES, plus a host of additional bonus material including exclusive original art cards and 'The Making of the Rescore' documentary. Following the story of Hollywood stunt driver by day / getaway driver-for-hire by night, and starring Golden Globe® winner Ryan Gosling (La La Land), BAFTA Award winner Carey Mulligan (Wildlife, An Education) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), DRIVE, featuring an astounding mix of high art, gruesome violence, black humour and slick high-octane action, is a fully realised true modern masterpiece....


No Orchids for Miss Blandish AKA Black Dice (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (8th May 2019)

Possibly the most controversial British film ever produced, this lurid crime drama caused an unprecedented storm of controversy upon release: local councils banned it, the Bishop of London denounced it, and MPs demanded an investigation into the BBFC for allowing it to be seen. Based on the notorious novel by James Hadley Chase (which itself was condemned by George Orwell), No Orchids for Miss Blandish is a mixture of sex, violence and immorality, and tells the brutal story of a kidnapped heiress who falls for one of her crazed captors. This fascinating example of British film noir, which the Monthly Film Bulletin described as “the most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism ever to be shown on a cinema screen”, is now released on UK Blu-ray for the very first time. ...


Lilith (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (7th May 2019)

The final film by the great, yet underrated Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men, The Hustler) is a compelling tale of love, madness, and forbidden desire. Warren Beatty (Mickey One, The Fortune) stars as a young war veteran who takes a job as on orderly in a local asylum and falls under the spell of beautiful schizophrenic, Lilith (Jean Seberg – A Bout de souffle, Bonjour Tristesse). Boasting a superb supporting cast that includes Peter Fonda, Jessica Walter, Gene Hackman and Kim Hunter, Rossen’s delicate and powerful film is one of the most under-appreciated American films of the 1960s....


Furious AKA Legenda o Kolovrate by Rick Curzon (30th April 2019)

A visually stunning, historical epic, based on the extraordinary real-life events surrounding the Mongol capture of the Russian city of Ryazan. As the Mongol hordes begin ransacking Russia, the invaders pillage and burn down cities, flooding Russian soil with blood, until a Ryazan takes up arms to defend his people. Kolovrat leads a detachment of several hundred brave souls to avenge his love, his people, and his homeland. A breath-taking story of courage, endurance and self-sacrifice for the sake of one's country. The legendary story of Kolvorat the Furious....


The Reckless Moment by Rick Curzon (29th April 2019)

The legendary Max Ophuls (Letter from an Unknown Woman, La Ronde) directs this tense and stylish 1949 film noir melodrama. Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street, Suspiria) stars as a suburban housewife who covers up a murder to protect her teenage daughter, only to find herself blackmailed by an immoral small-time crook, played by James Mason (North by Northwest, The Deadly Affair)....


Track 29 by Rick Curzon (28th April 2019)

The explosive combination of director Nicolas Roeg (Performance, Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth) and writer Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective) created one of British cinema’s most unique and disquieting works – the hugely underrated Track 29. Freely adapted from Potter’s BBC TV play Schmoedipus, this unsettling film stars Theresa Russell (Bad Timing, Black Widow) as an unhappy, possibly unstable, housewife who welcomes a young man (Gary Oldman – Prick Up Your Ears, Darkest Hour) into her home when he claims to be her long-lost son... Ambitious, ambiguous and surreal, Track 29 is a kinky psychological send-up of American mores – a view from the dis-united states of consciousness. The glorious supporting cast includes Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Sandra Bernhard (The King of Comedy) and Colleen Camp (The Swinging Cheerleaders)....


Dragonwyck (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (22nd April 2019)

The directorial debut of the great Joseph L Mankiewicz (All About Eve; Suddenly, Last Summer), Dragonwyck is a glorious melding of Gothic chills and baroque melodrama. A beautiful Connecticut farm girl (Gene Tierney) finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy of madness, murder and intrigue after she agrees to become governess and nurse to the family of her distant cousin (Vincent Price). Echoing Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), and reuniting stars Tierney and Price for the third time in as many years (having previously starred together in Otto Preminger's Laura, 1944, and John M Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven, 1945), Dragonwyck is a magnificently creepy chiller with a career-defining performance by Price, luminous cinematography by the legendary Arthur C Miller, and a wonderful Alfred Newman score....


Prospect (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (9th April 2019)

Heralded as the best indie sci-fi since Moon, Prospect is smart, entertaining and a treat for the eyes. Rivalling Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan's work, it will leave you breathless with its other-worldly splendour anchored by an emotional story. A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father's judgement, the girl must carve her own path to escape. Prospect stars Pedro Pascal (Games of Thrones and lead in the upcoming Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian), Sophie Thatcher and Jay Duplass....


Prospect by Rick Curzon (9th April 2019)

Heralded as the best indie sci-fi since Moon, Prospect is smart, entertaining and a treat for the eyes. Rivalling Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan's work, it will leave you breathless with its other-worldly splendour anchored by an emotional story. A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father's judgement, the girl must carve her own path to escape. Prospect stars Pedro Pascal (Games of Thrones and lead in the upcoming Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian), Sophie Thatcher and Jay Duplass....


Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh AKA Candyman II AKA Candyman II: Farewell to Flesh (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (7th April 2019)

88 Films returns a true terror titan to UK BluRay in this buzzin' edition of CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH!! The sequel to Clive Barker's original 1993 shocker, this 1995 follow-up brings the ever-threatening Tony Todd, and his hook-handed bogeyman, back to the big screen but this time in New Orleans. As before, our antagonist is a mix of nightmarish skin-slicer and seductive-voiced stalker - but one thing is for sure: not many characters will be leaving this sanguine-splashed sequel with their insides still intact! Also featuring Kelly Rowan (ASSASSINS) and directed by the Oscar winning Bill Condon (CHICAGO), FAREWELL TO THE FLESH is one of the highest achievements in nineties horror sequel-dom!...


Severed Head (A) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (7th April 2019)

Dick Clement followed the success of his first feature Otley with this wry adaptation of Iris Murdoch’s celebrated 1961 satirical novel, a harbinger of the sexual liberation that was to blossom in the mid-60s. A Severed Head chronicles the sexual and amoral escapades of a group of middle-class, middle-aged London couples, portrayed by a wonderful cast which includes Ian Holm (Alien, The Lord of the Rings), Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses, The Omen), Claire Bloom (The Haunting, The King’s Speech) and Richard Attenborough (10 Rillington Place, Young Winston). Absurdist and delightfully funny, A Severed Head is a dark satire staged with wit and intelligence....


Take a Girl Like You (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (1st April 2019)

Jonathan Miller’s film of Kingsley Amis’ comic novel (adapted for the screen by George Melly), casts Hayley Mills (Whistle Down the Wind, Twisted Nerve) as a naïve young girl who moves from the North of England to teach in a London school and finds herself fending off the advances of a number of lusty suitors, including Oliver Reed, John Bird and Noel Harrison. As much a document of its time as a satire on the sexual mores (and confusions) of the period, Miller’s still remarkably fresh debut feature is buoyed by its terrific cast and a typically excellent Stanley Myers score....


Swamp Thing (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (22nd March 2019)

Long before superhero movies were packing out multiplex cinemas, Freddy Krueger creator Wes Craven followed-up the success of Richard Donner's SUPERMAN (1978) with this fondly remembered DC adaptation that brings a comic book favourite to livid and lunatic life! Following the success of THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977), SWAMP THING was also evidence of its director trying to adapt his style to less rough 'n' ready thrills and spills - and the result is an adventure thriller that highlights not just a mutant-monster with good intentions, but such sights as the timeless terror-star Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG), future Twin Peaks star Ray Wise and David Hess (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT) in one of his best-remembered villainous turns. Released in 1982 to an appreciative cult following, SWAMP THING remains one of Craven's most mesmerising achievements - with a faithful DC-comic outlay and plenty of action-packed special effects that hold their ground even today. 88 Films is delighted to present SWAMP THING in a very special edition Blu-ray release that packs a pristine punch and highlights this creature feature classic in all of its bayou-tinged brilliance!...


Swamp Thing by Rick Curzon (22nd March 2019)

Long before superhero movies were packing out multiplex cinemas, Freddy Krueger creator Wes Craven followed-up the success of Richard Donner's SUPERMAN (1978) with this fondly remembered DC adaptation that brings a comic book favourite to livid and lunatic life! Following the success of THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977), SWAMP THING was also evidence of its director trying to adapt his style to less rough 'n' ready thrills and spills - and the result is an adventure thriller that highlights not just a mutant-monster with good intentions, but such sights as the timeless terror-star Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG), future Twin Peaks star Ray Wise and David Hess (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT) in one of his best-remembered villainous turns. Released in 1982 to an appreciative cult following, SWAMP THING remains one of Craven's most mesmerising achievements - with a faithful DC-comic outlay and plenty of action-packed special effects that hold their ground even today. 88 Films is delighted to present SWAMP THING in a very special edition Blu-ray release that packs a pristine punch and highlights this creature feature classic in all of its bayou-tinged brilliance!...


Rage: Carrie 2 (The) AKA Carrie 2 (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (22nd March 2019)

It was the sequel that they said could not be done right - and yet the 1999 shocker THE RAGE: CARRIE 2 proved to be a remarkably riotous and highly-rated follow-up to the classic Brian DePalma original. Directed by an old horror-hand in Katt Shea (POISON IVY), and starring Emily Bergl (television's SOUTHLAND) as a bullied schoolgirl who possesses a largely unexplored link to the telekinetic terror of Carrie White - the scares come thick and fast in this fan-favourite instalment - which also pays respectful homage to the abjection and atmospherics of its ground-breaking femme-on-fire predecessor, including a recurring role for DePalma starlet Amy Irving! Twenty years later and THE RAGE is back to remind a new generation that scary movie sequels do not need to suck - and 88 Films is proud to present this high octane example of Hollywood horror in ghoulish HD!...


Accountant of Auschwitz (The) by Rick Curzon (21st March 2019)

We follow, 94-year-old former German SS officer Oskar Gröning, nicknamed “The Accountant of Auschwitz”, as he goes on trial in his home country, charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews at Auschwitz in 1944. The frail old man will make headlines around the world as takes the stand to face his former victims. Out of the 6,500 SS guards at Auschwitz, only 49 were prosecuted in West Germany. After the war, the country wanted to forget the past and move on. Many of the lawyers and judges writing the new legal code were themselves former Nazis. Now, 70 years later, a new generation of lawyers armed with a change in legal thinking opened-up a new wave of investigations against aging Nazi guards. Most have perished, but not Gröning, who at age 21, collected the stolen loot of prisoners as they were carted off trains at Auschwitz. The Accountant of Auschwitz is a race against time to prosecute the last living Nazi war criminal before it’s too late. Bringing war criminals to justice asks fundamental moral question. From Nuremberg to the modern alt-right, the film constructs a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it....


Dawson Watch (The): Season 1 (TV) by Rick Curzon (19th March 2019)

Leslie “Les” Dawson is a legendary English comedian best-known for his deadpan style, curmudgeonly persona and snide jokes about his mother-in-law. This BBC series sees Les tackle a different subject in each episode, with his unique comic approach. It ran for 19 episodes between 1979 and 1980. Unlike his variety shows, The Dawson Watch was a weekly investigation into the nation at large, addressing subjects ranging from Education, Housing, Transport and Health to the Environment, Law, The Family, Crime and The Media. Les focused on one subject in each episode, opening with a monologue before moving onto a variety of short sketches interspersed with his sharp observations as a stand-up comedy routine. Cissie Braithwaite and Ada Shufflebotham are regulars, always on hand to give their take on the theme in question. Sketches featuring the two elderly women (Roy Barraclough and Les Dawson suitably attired as housewives) see them with arms folded, occasionally adjusting their bosoms with an unsubtle hoist of their forearms. And as we’ve come to know and love, they speak some words aloud but mouth those pertaining to women’s bodily functions and sex. It’s a testament to the talents of Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough that their ...


Dawson Watch (The): Season 3 (TV) by Rick Curzon (19th March 2019)

Leslie “Les” Dawson is a legendary English comedian best-known for his deadpan style, curmudgeonly persona and snide jokes about his mother-in-law. This BBC series sees Les tackle a different subject in each episode, with his unique comic approach. It ran for 19 episodes between 1979 and 1980. Unlike his variety shows, The Dawson Watch was a weekly investigation into the nation at large, addressing subjects ranging from Education, Housing, Transport and Health to the Environment, Law, The Family, Crime and The Media. Les focused on one subject in each episode, opening with a monologue before moving onto a variety of short sketches interspersed with his sharp observations as a stand-up comedy routine. Cissie Braithwaite and Ada Shufflebotham are regulars, always on hand to give their take on the theme in question. Sketches featuring the two elderly women (Roy Barraclough and Les Dawson suitably attired as housewives) see them with arms folded, occasionally adjusting their bosoms with an unsubtle hoist of their forearms. And as we’ve come to know and love, they speak some words aloud but mouth those pertaining to women’s bodily functions and sex. It’s a testament to the talents of Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough that their ...


Dawson Watch (The): Season 2 (TV) by Rick Curzon (19th March 2019)

Leslie “Les” Dawson is a legendary English comedian best-known for his deadpan style, curmudgeonly persona and snide jokes about his mother-in-law. This BBC series sees Les tackle a different subject in each episode, with his unique comic approach. It ran for 19 episodes between 1979 and 1980. Unlike his variety shows, The Dawson Watch was a weekly investigation into the nation at large, addressing subjects ranging from Education, Housing, Transport and Health to the Environment, Law, The Family, Crime and The Media. Les focused on one subject in each episode, opening with a monologue before moving onto a variety of short sketches interspersed with his sharp observations as a stand-up comedy routine. Cissie Braithwaite and Ada Shufflebotham are regulars, always on hand to give their take on the theme in question. Sketches featuring the two elderly women (Roy Barraclough and Les Dawson suitably attired as housewives) see them with arms folded, occasionally adjusting their bosoms with an unsubtle hoist of their forearms. And as we’ve come to know and love, they speak some words aloud but mouth those pertaining to women’s bodily functions and sex. It’s a testament to the talents of Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough that their ...


Devil Hunter (The) AKA El canibal AKA The Cannibal AKA Sexo caníbal AKA Mandingo Manhunter AKA The M by Rick Curzon (19th March 2019)

Much-missed by fans of quick-jack cinema, the late Jess Franco had a career in fear that veered between arty outings such as VAMPYRO LESBOS (1971) and the cheap and cheerful projects that includes the official 'video nasty' DEVIL HUNTER (1980). Featuring a leading man turn from the Italian horror legend Al Cliver (ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS / THE BEYOND), DEVIL HUNTER is part Indiana Jones, part CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980) and all outrageous insanity as Franco throws-in babes, bare-boobs and blood and native-battles in an attempt to keep audiences glued to the screen. For fans of cheese and sleaze, it does not get any better than DEVIL HUNTER - finally available for Franco enthusiasts and video nasty lovers to reappraise in HD!...


Psyche 59 (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (17th March 2019)

Patricia Neal (fresh from her 1963 award-winning role in Martin Ritt’s Hud) stars as a woman suffering from hysterical blindness, and a blank in her memory which may hide the cause of her affliction. When she and her sex-addict husband (Curt Jurgens – The Enemy Below, The Spy Who Loved Me) move in with her younger sister (Samantha Eggar – The Collector, The Brood), she begins to piece together the events leading to her psychological trauma. Ahead of its time in its discussion and depiction of all manner of taboo subjects (rape, child abuse, nymphomania, psycho-sexual disorder, masochism), Psyche 59 is one of British cinema’s most daring and provocative adult dramas....


Cannibal Terror AKA Terreur Cannibale AKA Terror Caníbal (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (15th March 2019)

First there was CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980)… Then came CANNIBAL FEROX (1981)… But somewhere in France, someone was already hatching a plot to cash-in on the Italian intestinal classics with CANNIBAL TERROR (1981). With no budget, no professional actors and no flights to Amazonia, CANNIBAL TERROR instead gives us Deodato and Lenzi on a cash-strapped level and the end result is THE ROOM of cannibal movies!! Brilliant, banal and blood-soaked late night entertainment, CANNIBAL TERROR was also one of the infamous 'video nasties' in the UK - showing that our beloved censors and moral guardians have little in the way of a sense of humour! However, this torrid tale of stranded tourists being hunted by hungry natives is a work of demented genius that words can barely do service to - and it is our great pleasure to offer audiences another chance to see CANNIBAL TERROR, this time in a delirious HD special edition!...


Cannibal Holocaust 2 AKA Natura Contro AKA Green Inferno AKA Against Nature (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (15th March 2019)

For years fans waited for the release of a sequel to Ruggero Deodato's trendsetting CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980) yet it would take almost a decade for THE GREEN INFERNO, also known as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 2, to arrive... and it was not, perhaps, what followers of the cycle in Italian nasty native movies were expecting! Whilst Deodato's original benchmark critiqued the mondo film pseudo-documentary phenomenon, partly instigated by cinematographer and director Antonio Climati (MONDO CANE / SAVAGE MAN, SAVAGE BEAST), here the focus turns to satirising the hypocrisy and complexity of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST itself! Directed by Climati, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 2 sees some enterprising adventurers traipsing into the Amazon jungle in search of a missing professor and, in the interim, the youngsters encounter some indications that slavery and European colonialism is still robbing the Colombian rain forest blind! A mix of macabre images, scenic locations, castrations and sly in-jokes, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 2 introduces some belated bad taste humour into familiar jungle territory and requires immediate reappraisal from tribal terror completists - which is a meal best served in glorious HD by the video nasty enthusiasts at 88 Films!!...


Third Secret (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (8th March 2019)

The apparent suicide of an eminent psychologist prompts his teenage daughter (Pamela Franklin - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Legend of Hell House) and one of his patients (Stephen Boyd - Ben-Hur, Fantastic Voyage) to investigate. Convinced he was murdered, the two begin a journey into the lives and twisted psychoses of the doctor's disturbed patients. Directed by the great Charles Crichton (Dead of Night, The Lavender Hill Mob, A Fish Called Wanda), stunningly photographed by Douglas Slocombe (The Italian Job, Raiders of the Lost Ark), and starring an incredible cast which includes Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Diane Cilento and Judi Dench in one of her earliest screen roles, The Third Secret is a dark and elegant psychological thriller which has long been overlooked, but is now ripe for rediscovery....


Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney (TV) by Rick Curzon (7th March 2019)

Martha Kearney, the BBC broadcaster and journalist, follows in the footsteps of 19th century Irish artist and geologist, George Victor Du Noyer, exploring the places Du Noyer visited and captured so wonderfully in sketch and paint. Martha Kearney returns to Ireland, her ancestral home, to follow in the footsteps of artist George Victor Du Noyer, who spent 35 years tracing his country's people and buildings, and it's beautiful, rugged landscape. She discovers how the landscapes once looked, revealing the intrinsic relationship between the people and the land. Episode One Kearney introduces Du Noyer's work, and travels to the Bog of Allen, which lies between the Liffey and Shannon, and the Old Head of Kinsale in Co Cork. Episode Two Kearney travels to Northern Ireland, focusing on the beauty of the region, from the rugged Giant's Causeway in Antrim, to Mussenden Temple in Londonderry. Episode Three Kearney drops in on the sumptuously splendid Castletown House in Co Kildare and gazes at the glorious Rock of Cashel. Episode Four Kearney explores the Blasket Islands off the coast of Co Kerry, then on to the Dingle Peninsula, finally heading north to the islands of the Fermanagh Lakelands....


Wild Ireland (TV) by Rick Curzon (7th March 2019)

Christine Bleakley goes home to Ireland to travel the length of its 1500mile west coast the Wild Atlantic Way. Christine Bleakley returns home to Ireland for a very special trip. She s planning to drive, climb, walk and swim her way along the longest continuous coastal route in the world, Ireland's 1500 mile long Wild Atlantic Way. The route stretches from County Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula to Kinsale in County Cork on the Celtic Sea coast. Starting at Malin Head, the most northerly point of the island where Christine learns the story of how Ireland first got its name she then drives, bikes, hikes, swims and kayaks her way along the coastline, all the way to Clonakilty, in the south. On her travels, Christine visits numerous historical sites, meets a host of fascinating characters, takes on some extreme sports, learns about harvesting and preparing local food delicacies, and uncovers a landscape of natural wonders right on Britain's doorstep. Christine Bleakley's Wild Ireland is another celeb travelogue. But this one's worth watching Irish Times...


Ireland with Ardal O'Hanlon (TV) by Rick Curzon (7th March 2019)

Ardal O'Hanlon will always be known as Father Dougal from the sitcom classic Father Ted. In this travelogue, the comic explores the Emerald Isle and Irish life, heading off the beaten track to learn more about what makes the Irish… well, Irish. As he travels around his beloved homeland, Ardal visits small towns and some of the more idiosyncratic attractions that the Emerald Isle has to offer. To aid his voyage of discovery, Ardal uses a series of very proper Victorian guidebooks by Mr and Mrs S C Hall, written originally with the purpose of tempting the English over to Ireland in the 19th century. As he travels, he examines Irish stereotypes and issues surrounding faith and belief, investigating how the Irish became such renowned storytellers and why they are obsessed with myths and legends, including leprechauns. And he discovers how the new generation is embracing the traditions of the past. With his insider's knowledge and humorous approach, Ardal wanders from pulpit to pub, rejoicing in the unique festivities and characters he finds along the way....


Gardens of Stone (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (14th February 2019)

Francis Ford Coppola's impressive return to the subject of the Vietnam War is a poignant and contemplative companion piece to his epic masterwork 'Apocalypse Now'. Set in 1968, the film reunites Coppola with Godfather star James Caan, who plays disillusioned army sergeant stationed at Fort Meyers Arlington Cemetery and views the war in Vietnam as un-winnable, despairing at the dead arriving daily for burial from the front lines. This powerful drama from one of American cinema's most audacious filmmakers boasts a towering performance by Caan, and a superb supporting cast, including Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, Mary Stuart Masterson and DB Sweeney....


R.P.M.* *Revolutions Per Minute (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (10th February 2019)

The films of director Stanley Kramer (Ship of Fools, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?) reflected social and political concerns of their time and tackled controversial subjects head on. The little-seen 1970 feature R.P.M., set amidst the turmoil of late-60s anti-war student protests, is no exception. As activists seize control of a California college, a free-thinking, anti-establishment college professor (Anthony Quinn) finds himself in a precarious position when he’s invested as University President and must decide between restoring order or sanctioning a descent into anarchy...


Breakout (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (1st February 2019)

Charles Bronson achieved superstar status in the 1970s with box-office successes such as The Mechanic, Mr. Majestyk, and Death Wish; and 1975s Breakout was one of Bronsons biggest hits. Inspired by real events, this tense adventure thriller casts Bronson as a tough mercenary pilot hired to fly into Mexico on a rescue mission only to discover the real plan is to break a wealthy convict from a notorious prison. Co-starring his real-life wife Jill Ireland, along with Randy Quaid, John Huston and the ever-exceptional Robert Duvall, Breakout is a thrilling action-ride, all set to a terrific Jerry Goldsmith score....


Last Movie (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (31st January 2019)

Dennis Hopper's legendary, long-unavailable masterpiece is available for the first time ever in the UK. Hopper followed the enormous international success of Easy Rider (1969) with this exuberant passion project - a delirious, free-wheeling epic production shot in Central America with an incredible cast (including Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips, Tomas Milian and Sam Fuller) and an ambition to re-invent American cinema. Unseen for many years, this one-of-a-kind film can finally be experienced in a ravishing new 4K restoration....


Old Dark House (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (29th January 2019)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’; ‘Percepto’; the ‘Punishment Poll’; ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA VOLUME TWO features four more weird and wonderful films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures, all presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


13 Frightened Girls! AKA The Candy Web (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (29th January 2019)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’; ‘Percepto’; the ‘Punishment Poll’; ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA VOLUME TWO features four more weird and wonderful films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures, all presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


Strait-Jacket (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (29th January 2019)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’; ‘Percepto’; the ‘Punishment Poll’; ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA VOLUME TWO features four more weird and wonderful films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures, all presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


 


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