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Anton van Beek  |  Jan 09, 2012  |  0 comments

The home of The Sopranos is dipping its toe into the world of organised crime once again. Only this time around it has set its sights on Prohibition-era Atlantic City and its corrupt city treasurer Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Add to that the presence of Martin Scorsese as executive producer (and director of the pilot episode) and it’s small wonder that Boardwalk Empire is the smartest and most compelling show around.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 09, 2016  |  0 comments

Brian De Palma took his love of all things Alfred Hitchcock to the extreme with this nutty 1984 thriller that raised the heckles of moral guardians on its original release.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 02, 2014  |  0 comments

Before dazzling mainstream cinema audiences with The Matrix, Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski made a splash on the indie movie scene with this hugely enjoyable neo-noir thriller.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 31, 2013  |  0 comments

To say that Pixar's latest film Brave doesn't quite reach the same heights as the studio's best films is to do it a disservice. Pixar has set the bar so high with some of its earlier animations that very few films will ever measure up. So, while Brave might not be as good as, say, Toy Story or Ratatouille, it's a smart, witty and exciting tale that is streets ahead of pretty much anything that the animation house's rivals have ever cooked up.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 24, 2013  |  0 comments

When underachieving chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he comes up with an unusual plan to ensure that his family won't be left with crippling debt when he dies. Teaming up with former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), the duo start producing the purest crystal meth around.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 24, 2014  |  0 comments

Now this is how you bring a TV show to a satisfying end: eight episodes of superbly written and acted drama that don't waste a single second of screen time as they bring the curtain down on what has been the most consistently brilliant show of the past few years. Sony's two-disc Blu-ray set doesn't disappoint either, cooking up crisply-rendered AVC 1.78:1 1080p encodes, powerful DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtracks and a plethora of terrific extras (including a wonderful alternate ending).

Anton van Beek  |  May 04, 2016  |  0 comments

Eight months after the Miskatonic Massacre, Doctors Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) return from serving as medics in a South American civil war to take up jobs at the Miskatonic University Hospital. Moving into a house next door to the cemetery, Herbert continues his experiments re-animating the dead. When he comes across the heart of Dan's former lover Megan in the hospital morgue, he gets the idea of bringing her back to life in a body assembled from disparate parts. As you do.

Mark Craven  |  May 20, 2009  |  0 comments

Sometimes we want a movie to fill the gap between repeat viewings of The Dark Knight and Quantum of Solace. Something that doesn’t require turning the surround system up to 11 and banishing the wife and kids to the garden shed. If you feel the same way, then Bride Wars might just fit the bill.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 24, 2017  |  0 comments

Smarting from the critical and box office failure of the previous year's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, 1974 found director Sam Peckinpah taking a break from the Western genre and interfering Hollywood producers. Heading to Mexico he set about shooting the story of a down-on-his-luck bar room pianist (Warren Oates) who believes he's found a way of turning his life around when he gets involved in the hunt for a man with a $1,000,000 price on his head.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 28, 2013  |  0 comments

Veteran director Walter Hill’s first feature film since Undisputed in 2002, Bullet to the Head sees career hitman Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) and tech-savvy cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Sang) form an uneasy alliance in pursuit of the New Orleans goons responsible for the deaths of their partners. Cue plenty of punch-ups, bickering, explosions and plot holes.

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  |  Oct 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Arrow Video serves up plenty of hi-def sweets for the sweet with this beautifully restored, feature-packed Blu-ray revisit of this horrifying Clive Barker adaptation...
Richard Holliss  |  Oct 02, 2014  |  0 comments

Did Neil Armstrong take ‘one giant leap for mankind’ when he stepped onto the lunar surface or were the Apollo missions, as the conspiracy theorists would like us to believe, nothing but a ‘giant’ hoax? Using dubious scientific evidence, they first of all argued that a trip to the moon would have been impossible due to the effects of deadly cosmic radiation, before attacking the photographs from the lunar surface as clever fakes. But whether the moon missions were real or not, the public began to lose interest anyway, angry about the tremendous amount of money being spent on space exploration. 

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 26, 2016  |  0 comments

When an unfortunate accident during an Avengers mission in Nigeria leaves innocent people dead, the governments of the world decide that it is time to act. The United Nations proposes the Sokovia Accords as a way of providing political oversight for the team and removing its autonomy.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 01, 2012  |  0 comments

The final part of the foundations for next summer’s superhero 'battle royale' The Avengers are set with the arrival of Captain America: The First Avenger. Directed by journeyman filmmaker Joe (Jurassic Park III) Johnson, the film is a surprising treat, mixing gung-ho WWII action with plenty of superhero spectacle. Chris Evans does excellent work in the lead, and Hugo Weaving proves an enjoyable foil as the diabolical Red Skull.

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