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Anton van Beek  |  Feb 18, 2017  |  0 comments

This cracking screwball comedy stars Rosalind Russell as ace reporter 'Hildy' Johnson, who turns up at the offices of The Morning Post one morning to tell her managing editor and ex-husband Walter Burns (Cary Grant) that she is quitting to remarry and live a quite life in Albany. Never one to let a good thing go, the conniving Burns sets about sabotaging Hildy's relationship by giving her the one thing he's sure she can't resist: a big story.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 16, 2017  |  0 comments

As we made clear in our review of the initial Blu-ray release, we have a lot of time for J.J. Abrams' long-awaited Star Wars sequel. The frequent re-treading of setups from the Original Trilogy is a little tiresome, but The Force Awakens feels like a natural progression from where Lucas left things, introducing a well-drawn array of new characters (alongside plenty of old favourites) and representing a massive step-up in quality from those pesky prequels.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 30, 2017  |  0 comments

At a time when some TV manufacturers are dropping 3D functionality from their newfangled 4K flatscreens, it's a pleasure to find that some Hollywood studios are still supporting the format. Case in point: Universal Pictures' Blu-ray outing for this 1953 science-fiction classic.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 28, 2017  |  0 comments

In the mid-'70s Hollywood sequels were far less prevalent than they are today. But with Steven Spielberg's Jaws breaking box office records and endless knock-offs (Grizzly, Orca, Piranha, et al) crawling out of the woodwork, it's understandable that Universal Studios would want its own shot at cashing-in on the success of its aquatic smash hit.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 25, 2017  |  0 comments

Not since The Rocky Horror Picture Show can we remember coming across a film as polarising as writer-director Richard Kelly's 2001 debut. A fever dream comprised of teen drama, time paradoxes, superheroes, '80s nostalgia, predestination and a man-sized rabbit, Donnie Darko offers no critical middle-ground; you either embrace its dreamlike structure and apocalyptic philosophising or you don't. In which case you'll and end up observing it all in a state of utter bemusement.

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.