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Anton van Beek  |  Sep 24, 2014  |  0 comments

Where does one begin when discussing late Polish painter-turned-filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk? Today, what little awareness there is probably rests of his notorious 1975 film The Beast, the feature-length extension of his short of the same name that scandalised audiences at the 1972 London Film Festival.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 22, 2014  |  0 comments

Even taking into account the success it's had to date, 2014 should go down as Marvel Studio's biggest and most exciting year. And not just because of the surprise Summer sci-fi smash Guardians of the Galaxy; several months earlier Marvel had turned everything fans thought they knew about its shared cinematic universe on its head with this edgy second solo outing for Captain America.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 20, 2014  |  0 comments

Deep in sleepy suburbia, Ray (Tom Hanks) and his neighbours begin to wonder if the recent (foreign) arrivals in their cul-de-sac are up to no good. Egged on by his friends' fanciful imaginations, the sight of people digging holes in the middle of the night and some strange noises from their basement, Ray is soon investigating the possibility that his neighbours are serial murderers. Is he right, or has a lifetime of small-town living turned him paranoid?

Richard Holliss  |  Sep 10, 2014  |  0 comments

Credit card fraud is the curse of modern living and it’s amazing how easily thieves get away with stealing thousands of pounds of our hard earned cash. Well, according to director Julian Gilbey’s new gangster thriller Plastic such crimes are frighteningly simple. Based on a true story, Plastic relates the illegal practices of a group of students who successfully steal credit cards and pin numbers, and use the stolen money to sell high value goods.

Richard Holliss  |  Sep 06, 2014  |  0 comments

After a string of successes in the late sixties and early seventies with a series of anthology horror movies that rivalled the Hammer film output, American producer Milton Subotsky once again jumped on the bandwagon with this 1981 offering aimed at a much younger audience. Draconian censorship laws in the UK had seen to it that all of Subotsky’s previous portmanteau pictures had been X certificate, but the change in attitude towards horror movies and the success of TV shows like the Hammer House of Horror and the American series Night Gallery, in which the frights were more tongue-in-cheek, convinced Subotsky that he could get away with scaring the pants off a more juvenile audience.

Richard Holliss  |  Sep 04, 2014  |  0 comments

I suppose it was inevitable that the public’s thirst for comic superheroes would lead to filmmakers once again raiding the world of myths and legends to find new muscle-bound protagonists.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 28, 2014  |  0 comments

Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, Twin Peaks single-handedly redefined TV drama. This riveting and unusual tale of the investigation into the murder of a small-town homecoming queen not only showed that viewers enjoyed being challenged and provoked by TV shows, but also introduced a level of cinematic quality to serialised drama that we've become so used to today.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 17, 2014  |  0 comments

Like some kind of camp 1970s precursor to the Saw franchise, The Abominable Dr. Phibes stars Vincent Price as the titular Phantom of the Opera-like ghoul out for revenge on the doctors he blames for the death of his wife. To this end he concocts a series of ingenious and spectacular murders patterned on the ten plagues of Egypt from the Old Testament. Sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again finds Price's twisted genius rising from the grave and heading to Egypt to track down the location of the 'River of Life', which holds the secret of restoring his late wife.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 16, 2014  |  0 comments

Martin Scorsese is no stranger to making films about criminals. Yet in the past he's mainly concerned himself with gangsters, through gritty efforts such as Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed. His latest film tackles a completely different type of law-breaker and does so in a way so tonally removed from pretty much anything he's ever done before that it feels like the septuagenarian filmmaker has found a whole new lease of life.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 14, 2014  |  0 comments

Made at the height of Beatlemania, Richard Lester's comedic pseudo-documentary follows the Fab Four as they head to London to record a performance. Along for the ride is Paul's grandfather John (Wilfrid Brambell), whose antics turn the members of the band against one another and throw the entire production into chaos.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 09, 2014  |  0 comments

Liam Neeson further cements his place as Hollywood's go-to guy for slightly over-the-top action thrillers with this taut, fast-paced, high-altitude adventure.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 09, 2014  |  0 comments

While it never sinks quite as low as Muppets from Space, this sequel to the 2011 box office smash The Muppets represents a noticeable dip in quality for the reinvigorated franchise. To make things even worse, Disney has pulled the same trick it did with John Carter and Mary Poppins in the past and downgraded the film's 5.1 audio from fully-lossless DTS-HD Master Audio to DTS-HD High Resolution on this UK Blu-ray plater. On the other hand, the disc's 1.78:1-framed 1080p imagery looks superb with its robust palette and intricately resolved textures.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 08, 2014  |  0 comments

By all rights The LEGO Movie should be terrible. If Michael Bay can only manage to make one watchable flick based on a toy range featuring giant transforming robots, what hope did anybody have in making a film based on a famous range of interlocking plastic bricks?

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 01, 2014  |  0 comments

After barely surviving an invasion by insect-like aliens called the Formic 50 years ago, Earth's military leaders have taken the idea that 'the children are our future' to their hearts. Realising that young minds are the most malleable and adaptable, the military now recruits and trains young children to fight and command the space armada that is massing for the inevitable rematch with the Formic forces.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 30, 2014  |  0 comments

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) spends a lot of his time in jail, but not because he's a criminal. Rather, he's a prison break specialist, hired to go undercover in maximum security institutions to find the flaws in their security systems.