DVD Review: Orca: Killer Whale

Jonathon Dabell takes a look at Orca: Killer Whale starring Richard Harris and Charlotte Rampling. Now re-released and available on DVD. Rumour has it that movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis called one of his script-writing buddies in the middle of the night and instructed the bewildered writer to “find a fish tougher and more terrible than the Great White”. Thus was born Orca: Killer Whale, an aquatic nature-versus-mankind horror film made to capitalise... Read More

Fifty Shades Of Cinema: 2012 – Skyfall

Fifty Shades of Cinema comes to a close as Jonathon Dabell takes a look at Skyfall starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench. The Contenders Here we are! The finale of Fifty Shades Of Cinema, the fiftieth review. 2012 offers numerous worthy contenders to choose from. On the foreign front, there’s the Italian drama Cesare Deve Morire (aka Caesar Must Die); the South Korean sex-and-religion drama Pietà; the French-Belgian romance De Rouille... Read More

Fifty Shades Of Cinema: 2011 – The Artist

Fifty Shades of Cinema continues with Jonathon Dabell taking a look at The Artist starring  Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo The Contenders Contenders for Film of the Year 2011 include two Steven Spielberg offerings – the animated The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn and the wartime drama War Horse, based on a Michael Morpurgo novel. George Clooney gives a masterful performance in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants; Tilda Swinton... Read More

Silver Screams II: The Darkest Hour

Silver Screams II continues with Leon Nicholson taking a look at The Darkest Hour starring Emile Hirsch, Rachael Taylor and Olivia Thirlby. Yet another Alien invasion movie but this time set outside of USA. Hooray! So there is a theatrical world outside of America when it comes to extra-terrestrials visiting Planet Earth. But wait a minute; is this a reason to be cheerful? Will this change in location lead to a better than average movie? Ben (Max... Read More

Fifty Shades of Cinema: 2001 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

Fifty Shades of Cinema continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Peter Jackson’s epic The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen. The Contenders Candidates for the best film of 2001 include Baz Luhrmann’s ambitious musical Moulin Rouge!; Alejandro Amenabar’s chilling ghost story The Others; the bloody Somalian war film Black Hawk Down; and Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi epic A.I.  Artificial Intelligence.... Read More

Fifty Shades Of Cinema: 1998 – Saving Private Ryan

Fifty Shades of Cinema continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Saving Private Ryan starring Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper and Matt Damon. The Contenders 1998 offers some worthy contenders for Film Of The Year. It’s a fine year for hard-hitting cinema – Tony Kaye’s stunning racial drama American History X; Sam Raimi’s heart-wrenching study of greed and secrecy A Simple Plan; and Lars Von Trier’s controversial drama The Idiots. Peter Weir examines... Read More

Fifty Shades of Cinema: 1993 – Schindler’s List

Fifty Shades of Cinema continues with Jonathon Dabell taking a look at Schindler’s List starring Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. The Contenders Fifty Shades Of Cinema reaches 1993 where a veritable feast of great films wait to be sorted through. Harrison Ford scores a hit with one of the earliest TV-show-into-big-screen-adventure updates, The Fugitive; Tom Cruise finds himself working for a corrupt and dangerous law firm in Sydney Pollack’s powerful... Read More

Fifty Shades of Cinema:1985 – The Purple Rose of Cairo

Fifty Shades of Cinema continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo starring Mia Farrow and Danny Aiello. The Contenders 1985 throws up some strong contenders for Film Of The Year. Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly for the first time in the delightfully clever time travel comedy-adventure Back To The Future; at the other end of the generational spectrum, a bunch of elderly retirees are given a new lease of... Read More

Fifty Shades of Cinema: 1982 – Fitzcarraldo

Fifty Shades of Cinema continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Fitzcarraldo starring Klaus Kinski and Claudia Cardinale. The Contenders 1982 proves another year of bona fide cinematic gems, and the task of choosing one film greater than the rest is fraught with difficulty. Dustin Hoffman stars in the wonderful gender-bending comedy Tootsie; Harrison Ford pursues rogue replicants in the visually sumptuous Blade Runner; Arnold Schwarzenegger avenges... Read More

Opinion: Is Daniel Day-Lewis the Greatest Actor of All Time?

With the dust well and truly settled after awards season, FMV Magazine’s Simon Collings asks if Daniel Day-Lewis is the greatest actor of all time? As Daniel Day-Lewis stepped up to collect his third Best Actor award at this years Oscars, one might assume that his status as the greatest actor of all time was now complete.  This record-breaking feat did put him ahead of the likes of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in terms of trophy... Read More

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