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Anton van Beek  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Concerned by the emergence of super-powered beings like Superman and the threat they may pose to the US, government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) cooks up Task Force X. This off-the-books special ops team is made up primarily of expendable 'metahuman' felons who have been 'persuaded' to do as they're told – thank to explosives implanted in their necks.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 16, 2016  |  0 comments

Following the critical and commercial success of his films J'accuse! (1919) and La Roue (1922), French filmmaker Abel Gance concocted an audacious plan to shoot a series of six films following the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. However, unable to drum up the funds needed to make all six, Gance was forced to stop shooting after a couple of years and instead contented himself with the creation of one epic movie culminating with Boney's invasion of Italy.

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 23, 2016  |  0 comments

Midway into his five-year mission for the Federation, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is suffering from a serious case of space ennui and is thinking about jacking it all in. However, Kirk's long-term plans are put on hold when the Enterprise is sent to an uncharted nebula on a rescue mission, which turns into an ambush by an alien horde led by the fierce Krall (Idris Elba). With their ship destroyed and the crew scattered across an alien world, it looks like Kirk and chums have their work cut out if they want to stop Krall's nefarious plans.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 15, 2016  |  0 comments

The vacationing Carter family find themselves in a world of pain when car trouble leaves them stranded in the middle of the Nevada desert and targeted by barbaric cannibals. Cue the violence…

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 07, 2016  |  0 comments

These are interesting times for HBO's epic fantasy. With author George R.R. Martin still holed up somewhere beavering away on the sixth novel in the series (The Winds of Winter, release date TBC), the TV adaptation hasn't just caught up with the books, but in its sixth season is having to chart its own course. So how is the show faring without the luxury of one of Martin's novels to draw upon?

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 31, 2016  |  0 comments

Forget Herbie. When it comes to autonomous automobiles they don't come any better than Christine. This demon-fuelled, blood-red 1958 Plymouth Fury is the star of John Carpenter's slick 1983 movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a high school nerd (Keith Gordon) whose life is turned around when he becomes her latest owner. Trouble is, Christine has a mind of her own and is a very jealous lady…

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 25, 2016  |  0 comments

A caterer specialising in exotic foods starts targeting buxom beauties in a series of ritualistic killings. An innocent student is lured into a world of smutty photography in order to pay her college tuition. Biker babes run amok. Yankee tourists stumble upon a strange Southern town where they are brutally murdered. Welcome to the world of the late Herschell Gordon Lewis and his particular brand of exploitation cinema.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 02, 2016  |  0 comments

This criminally overlooked 1992 comedy finds cult filmmaker Joe Dante crafting a love letter to classic 1950s monster movies set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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  |  Sep 20, 2016  |  0 comments

Despite being a leading light in world cinema since the 1980s, the work of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has been under-represented on UK Blu-ray. Indeed, until the arrival of this boxset, only his three most recent films had been released on hi-def platters over here.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 12, 2016  |  0 comments

Welcome to the world of 'Pinky Violence'. The result of mixing together two different aspects of Japanese exploitation cinema –  the brutality of Yakuza crime films and the sensuality of so-called 'Pink' erotic flicks – the 'Pinky Violence' genre blossomed in the 1970s as Japanese studios attempted to woo local audiences into cinemas with something that their TV couldn't give them. Standing tallest of all in this genre was the deadly female convict known by friends and enemies alike as Scorpion.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 01, 2016  |  0 comments

Disney's decision to produce live-action remakes of its beloved animated features continues its winning streak with this visually spectacular blockbuster reworking of The Jungle Book.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 25, 2016  |  0 comments

Anthropomorphic animals have been the key feature of animation since the art form's earliest days. And you only have to look at the longevity and familiarity of characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to see how important the concept has been to the Walt Disney brand. Never before, though, has the studio approached the subject as subversively as it has with Zootropolis.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 11, 2016  |  0 comments

This steamy 1984 thriller stars Kathleen Turner as Joanna Crane, a fashion designer who moonlights as a prostitute called China Blue. But Joanna's double-life is soon complicated by the arrival of two new men in her life. The first is Bobby (John Laughlin), an unhappily married electronics expert hired to spy on Joanna, who ends up falling in love with her instead. Much more troubling is the obsessive 'Reverend' Peter Shayne (Anthony Perkins), whose idea of 'saving' Joanna/China isn't likely to win him the Samaritan of the Year award...