12 Days Of Christmas: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (aka The Grinch) (2000)

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On the fifth day of Christmas, FMV (via Jonathon Dabell) gave to us How The Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey and Bill Irwin. In the UK, arguably the most well-known Dr. Seuss book is The Cat In The Hat (filmed in 2003 with Mike Myers), but in America the award for best-loved and most widely read Dr. Seuss story would probably go to How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Here,... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas – Love Actually (2003)


On the fourth day of Christmas FMV gave to us (via Dawn Dabell) Love Actually (2003) starring Hugh Grant and Bill Nighy. Richard Curtis is rather a Jack of all trades, having worked on numerous successful British comedies and romances during the 90’s and noughties, sometimes as writer, sometimes executive producer and sometimes even director. These films often featured some of... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: The Snowman (1982)

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On the third day of Christmas, FMV (via Jonathon Dabell) gave to us: The Snowman directed by Dianne Jackson. Based on a wordless picture book by Raymond Briggs (of Fungus The Bogeyman fame), The Snowman is a charming and enchanting short animated film. It exists with three alternative openings – one has the author Briggs providing a voiceover in which he talks about a particularly... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: Trading Places (1983)

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On the second day of Christmas, FMV (via Dawn Dabell) gave to us: Trading Places (1983) starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis. At first glance, you may wonder why this film about comical skulduggery in the world of big corporate business is included in our Twelve Days Of Christmas feature. As it is set during the run up to the festive period – with plenty... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)


The 12 Days Of A Christmas is a new seasonal feature. During the run-up to Christmas Day, we will look at a film a day with a Christmas connection – this may be a full-on Christmas movie or something slightly more offbeat, such as a horror film set at Christmas time or even a James Bond adventure set over the festive season! Let us tarry no more and see what FMV has to offer for... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971)


80 Years of Hammer continues with Tim Wickens spending time with Valerie Leon in Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971) directed by Seth Holt starring Andrew Keir, James Villiers and George Coulouris. Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb was a film that I had only read about and seen stills from. It is easy to forget how difficult it was to find a film years ago pre Internet days. After... Read More

Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies


Leon Nicholson takes a look at The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – the final instalment of The Hobbit Trilogy – starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage. Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy was quite simply a fantastic feat in filmmaking. He took a beloved series of books and adapted them into wonderful movies with superb performances... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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Gather Round The Tele returns Tim Wickens taking a  ride with Steve Martin and John Candy aboard: Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987) directed by John Hughes. Tim will definitely remember not to put his hand between two “pillows’. Now as this is a monthly review dedicated to family friendly films, I must give caution for there is one particular scene where Martin goes on... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Passport To China (aka Visa To Canton) (1961)

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80 Years Of Hammer continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Passport to China starring Richard Basehart and Lisa Gastoni. Passport To China is one of the rarest and most forgotten of Hammer’s films, or at least their post-1960 films. It was a rare directorial assignment for Michael Carreras, son of Hammer executive James Carreras. From time to time, Michael would step in to direct... Read More

Feature: An Interview With Mary Collinson

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Mary Collinson was one of the Collinson twins. Alongside her sister Madeleine, they achieved fame as Playboy’s first twin centrefolds. They were hired by Hammer to play twin sisters in the last segment of their Karnstein trilogy, Twins Of Evil (1971). Here they played the Gellhorn sisters Freida and Maria, newcomers to a town who are preyed upon by the forces of darkness. Sadly,... Read More