DVD Review: Cinderella (2015)

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Jonathon Dabell takes a look at Cinderella starring Lily James, Cate Blanchette and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Available now on DVD and Blu-Ray. The Hollywood film industry is going through a phase at present of wanting to release endless remakes, re-imaginings and twists on old fairy tales or literary classics. Early period Disney movies are especially ripe for such treatment... Read More

Race Relations: Tamango (1958)

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The Race Relations feature continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Tamango starring Curt Jurgens, Alex Cressan, Dorothy Dandridge and Jean Servais. 1958 French-Italian movie Tamango is quite unusual for its time in its depiction of conditions and behaviour aboard a 19th century slave trading vessel. The film paints a rightly ugly picture of the slave trade, but does it more critically... Read More

Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience: Barbarella (1968)

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Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience goes into space man! Sorry that was Tim Wickens attempt at 1960s lingo as he takes a look at the outer space sex romp Barbarella (1968) starring Jane Fonda and John Phillip Law. Jean-Claude Forest created Barbarella as a comic strip serial that ran in France’s V-Magazine in 1962. His creation would become known all over the world. Who better... Read More

Race Relations: The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas

The Race Relations feature continues with Dawn Dabell looking at The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas starring Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga. For this instalment of Race Relations I discuss a film which tackles the horrific events of the Holocaust through the eyes of an innocent child. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) was adapted from the 2006 novel of the same... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

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This Is Not A Woman’s Picture concludes with Dawn Dabell looking at Cannibal Holocaust starring Robert Kerman and Francesca Ciardi. In this, my final instalment of This Is Not A Woman’s Picture, I take a bite at one of the most notorious cannibal films ever made, Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust (1980). Maybe a more fitting title for the feature this time around should... Read More

Race Relations: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)

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The Race Relations Feature continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner starring Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Houghton. It is considered ‘cool’ and ‘trendy’ to knock Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner for its datedness and overly simplified racial themes. There’s no denying that the conflict... Read More

Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience: Head (1968)

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Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience continues with Brian Gregory reviewing The Monkees far out feature film Head (1968) starring Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz and directed by Bob Rafelson. Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz were The Monkees, the band created by producer Bob Rafelson for the hit television series of the same name.... Read More

Race Relations: A Man Called Horse (1970)

A Man Called Horse

The Race Relations feature contiues with Dawn Dabell looking at A Man Called Horse starring Richard Harris and Jean Gascon. In this instalment of Race Relations, we take a look at a film in which a person from one culture has the ways and ideals of another forced upon them. In it, a man is kidnapped by a tribe of Indians whilst game-hunting in Dakota, and, initially at least, is... Read More

Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience: Daisies

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Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience continues with Tim Wickens delving into strange territory behind the Iron Curtain with the Czechoslovakian film Daisies (1966). Generally speaking when one thinks of psychedelic films, the focus rests on those two nations who were at the forefront of it: Britain and the United States – not a repressive Communist country squarely behind... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: Savior (1998)

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This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Savior starring Dennis Quaid and Nastassja Kinski. This month I take a look at a film which is less exploitative than the movies usually covered in this feature. It falls into a genre often perceived as typical ‘Boys-own’ material – the war film. Many war films are fairly male-orientated, appealing far... Read More