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Branded to Kill – Arrow Blu Ray

Branded to Kill – Arrow Blu Ray

The 60s were the highpoint of ‘cool’ in movies – before flares and then big hair ruined it all. The decade was also the peak of ‘weird’. Mostly 60s cool tends not to be that weird, think Bullitt, À Bout de Souffle or Alfie. 1967's Branded to Kill is a key exception. Goro Hanada is a hitman...

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Glen Matlock to cameo in new Indie film

Glen Matlock to cameo in new Indie film

Punk rock legend Glen Matlock is to make a cameo performance in new film The Paddy Lincoln Gang. This is the first time the former Sex Pistols bassist has acted in a film. Set in the vibrant Los Angeles music scene, The Paddy Lincoln Gang are a rock band who are standing on the verge of stardom but for...

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The Stag – review

The Stag – review

Irish film The Stag tries to give the well-worn stag do genre (or bachelor weekend genre in the USA) a twist, but in most respects follows tried and tested methods. Whatever its faults, I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot. The idea is that Fionnan (Hugh O'Connor) is a 'metrosexual man', too...

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The Woody Allen Library

The Woody Allen Library

Woody Allen's career has lasted an age. He started selling jokes while still at school and has written and directed a film every year since 1982 (yes, there is one in the pipeline for next year). So, calling this collection The Woody Allen Library is a little misleading as it 'only' covers seven of the films he...

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Grimsby, grimness and Penelope Cruz

Grimsby, grimness and Penelope Cruz

Arch wind-up merchant Sascha Baron Cohen has now infuriated the good residents of Grimsby, the northern fishing town where his new comedy, titled after the town, is set. This follows the recent announcement that Penélope Cruz has been cast in the film. So, what do we know about Grimsby, (the film rather than...

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Who is Mr Holmes?

Who is Mr Holmes?

Holmes is back. Fans of the Baker Street-based detective have had a good week as not only did the BBC announce more episodes of Sherlock, but they also got to see the first picture of Sir Ian McKellen in the title role for the new Hollywood production, Mr Holmes. Directed by Bill Condon, this film has been flying...

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Swallows and Amazons – 40th Anniversary Blu Ray

Swallows and Amazons – 40th Anniversary Blu Ray

Swallows and Amazons is rather jolly from the outset. It follows the four Walker children on their summer holidays in a remarkably sunny Lake District. "Just look at the scenery!" one of them exclaims while looking out of the train window. "Wow! It's not raining," I thought. The kids may be aged from six to 14,...

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Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller. What do we know?

Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller. What do we know?

So, the great Steven Spielberg recently announced two new projects. Firstly, a Cold War thriller that is due to come out in October, 2015 (according to Variety), then a version of Roald Dahl's classic the BFG to come out in 2016. But what else do we know about the first project apart from this broadest of...

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Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir – review

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir – review

Sometimes it can feel like there are two Roman Polanskis. The first is a highly accomplished, award winning and sensitive film maker, the other is a rapist and fugitive from justice. The truth is always more complex. Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir gives us a glimpse at the man's life with all its...

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Hobson’s Choice – 60th Anniversary Blu Ray edition

Hobson’s Choice – 60th Anniversary Blu Ray edition

Hobson's Choice was David Lean's 10th film and one of his last that focused on a domestic set-up, before he started making widescreen epics. The film is a little unusual in being one of only two of the director's comedies. It's a shame he only made a couple as it really is funny. The puffed up,...

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