Film Review: Lucy (2014)

Lucy

Leon Nicholson takes a look at Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. So to the main question – does anyone remember the days when Luc Besson’s movies were awesome? There was Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element (the obvious few that come to mind) but of late he seems to have gone off the boil. Whether he is producing or writing, the EuropaCorp... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: The Men Of Sherwood Forest (1954)

The Men Of Sherwood Forest

80 Years Of Hammer continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Men Of Sherwood Forest starring Don Taylor and Eileen Moore. Chiefly associated with their horror output (even in their newly resurrected guise they seem to be focusing solely on horror movies) it’s easy to forget that Hammer ventured into many other genres down the years. In fact, they’d existed for more than... Read More

Shootin’ Westerns: Rio Conchos (1964)

Rio Conchos

Shootin’ Westerns continues with Leon Nicholson looking at Rio Conchos starring Richard Boone and Stuart Whitman. Many people may not know much about director Gordon Douglas but they will certainly know about his films. Over the course of his career which spanned near five decades, he helmed a range of movies of different genres. These included pictures such as the classic B-movie... Read More

Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America

Leon Nicholson takes a look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie. Available on Blu-ray and DVD from August 18th, 2014. One of the problems with superhero flicks are the inevitable origins movie. There have been some excellent films including Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, Jon Favreau’s... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Hands Of The Ripper (1971)

Hands Of The Ripper

80 Years Of Hammer continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Hands Of The Ripper starring Angharad Rees, Dora Bryan and Eric Porter. The year 1971 has cropped up several times already in this feature, with pieces on the not-so-great Lust For A Vampire and the fantastic Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde. Here, we take a look at another title from this busy year for the studio, Hands Of The Ripper... Read More

Film Review: Muppets Most Wanted

MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Jonathon Dabell takes a look at Muppets Most Wanted featuring Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday August 11, 2014. The Muppets are something of a cultural phenomenon, having been created as far back as the 1950s by Jim Henson. They became particularly popular in the ‘70s when their variety sketch show became a TV sensation. The inevitable movies... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: The Camp On Blood Island (1958)

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80 Years Of Hammer shifts its focus from their famous filmography of horror – gothic horror in particular – and turns its attention to the war genre. This week’s selection sees Tim Wickens looking at The Camp On Blood Island (1958) starring Andre Morell and Carl Möhner. Long before Full Metal Jacket (1987) tried to pass the English Broads off as Vietnam; a year after... Read More

Shootin’ Westerns: The Professionals (1966)

the prof

Shootin’ Westerns continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Professionals starring Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Jack Palance and Woody Strode. After the lukewarm reception of his epic attempt to film Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim the previous year, director Richard Brooks returned to a more rugged and muscular style of movie in 1966 with The Professionals. Adapted from Frank O’Rourke’s... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: Exposé (1976)

Expose

This Is Not a Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Exposé starring Linda Hayden and Udo Kier. Our latest offering comes in the shape of British exploitation film Exposé (1976), aka The House On Straw Hill, aka Trauma. It stars Linda Hayden and Udo Kier, and features a supporting role for the era’s most popular British sex symbol Fiona Richmond.  Richmond’s... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies Ship

Gather Round The Tele continues with Tim Wickens reviewing popular family movie The Goonies starring Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and Josh Brolin. Oh those 1980s – a time of fun upbeat music and movies. Let’s face it, the 80s was an improvement to the downer of the 70’s. Steven Spielberg, who came up with the story for The Goonies in addition to producing it, was still riding... Read More