Race Relations: 12 Years A Slave (2013)

12 years a slave

FMV Magazine is proud to launch a new fortnightly feature called Race Relations. Dawn and Jonathon Dabell will look at films where a racial angle provides the key theme. This may be a racial conflict, a study of racism, a story where a character/characters learns tolerance and harmony, or a story where two cultures clash… anything which covers the wider issue of ‘race’. Our... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: I Don’t Want To Be Born (1975)

I Don't Want to be Born

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with I Don’t Want to be Born starring Joan Collins and Ralph Bates. This month in my regular feature I discuss a film which takes most pregnant woman’s fear – that something may be wrong with their baby – and exploits it. In this extreme case, the mother-to-be gives birth to an evil child who goes on a killing spree,... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh (1963)


Gather Round The Tele continues with Tim Wickens visiting the wonderful world of Walt Disney with The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1963). Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1954 – 92) first aired it in 3 parts. I remember it from the 70s or 80s airing on The Wonderful World of Disney to which the program later changed its name. Little known by Americans, Patrick McGoohan within... Read More

Film: Why Hollywood Hates Bingo

 I saw The Gambler the other day. It was good in parts, not great, but not a wasted evening either. I would give the film three stars overall and four stars for Jessica Lange’s performance. It got me thinking. There are all sorts of gambling plots in films. From the days of cowboys in poker joints to Casino Royale to all those great Vegas gangster flicks, Hollywood has always... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: In The Company Of Men (1997)

In The Company Of Men

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at In The Company of Men starring Aaron Eckhart and Stacy Edwards. ***This article contains some spoilers*** At first glance, you may wonder what makes this multi-award winning black comedy/drama suitable for this feature… the film is, after all, about two male co-workers in high powered jobs. But once you learn... Read More

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

maniac 1980

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Maniac starring Joe Spinnell and Caroline Munro. This month’s offering looks at Maniac (1980) starring Joe Spinnell and Caroline Munro. It’s a film which has a huge cult following, with many of its fans citing it as far more than a just a standard horror/slasher film. Why does Maniac warrant a place in... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: Scrooge (1970)


Gather Round the Tele gets into the holiday swing with Tim Wickens being visited by three ghosts.  No it’s just Scrooge (1970) directed by Ronald Neame, starring Albert Finney and Alec Guinness. Do not let the fact that this is a musical frighten you off. Finney heads a first rate cast that includes Alec Guinness (Jacob Marley), Kenneth More (The Ghost of Christmas Present),... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: The Brides Of Dracula (1960)

The Brides Of Dracula

The 80 Years Of Hammer series concludes with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Brides Of Dracula starring Peter Cushing, David Peel and Yvonne Monlaur. It took time for Hammer’s brand of film-making to get the critical kudos it deserved The general public took to the films quickly, but critics were much fainter in their praise (at least, to begin with). With hindsight, few would... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Its a wonderful life

On the twelfth and final day of Christmas FMV (via Dawn Dabell) gave us It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Henry Travers. No Christmas feature could possibly be complete without taking a look at one of the most loved Christmas films of all time. It is a film which often takes top spot in a rundown of the best festive films, and is classed as a... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: White Christmas (1954)

white christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas FMV gave to us (via Jonathon Dabell) White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. The first film ever shot in the Vistavision process, White Christmas was meant to be the third pairing of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire (after Holiday Inn and Blue Skies), but Astaire wasn’t interested and asked to be released from his contract with Paramount.... Read More