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There are points in everyone’s adult life when the choices we are faced with become so overwhelming  that it is difficult to know where to go next. Invariably, for a lot of us, there is comfort in looking to our past and the years of our youth, a time when …

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Rabid Blu-Ray

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A totemic figure of alternative cinema, David Cronenberg stemmed from a covert gene pool of Canadian, underground film that drew its DNA from the New York experiments of Warhol’s Factory and Antony Balch’s work with literary renegade William S Burroughs. By the time he came to making Rabid, Cronenberg had …

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The Manchurian Candidate

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Fiction has given the McCarthy era Red Scare an almost mythical quality, where a charge of communism can feel like both a life-ruining accusation and a playground insult. The 1962 suspense thriller The Manchurian Candidate may be one of the most self-servingly ridiculous tales in this regard next to other …

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Tales of Terror

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‘For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief.’ Opening line from The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe, 1845. Occasionally in their filmic ventures, directors treat their audiences to several tales in one volume. This anthology tradition is …

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Ennio Morricone: My Life In Music

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The diverse crowd – a bold few, indeed, sporting ponchos – file to their seats in London’s cavernous O2 arena as calls of “ICE CREAM” ricochet about the aisles. The orchestra begins to emerge to ripples of applause before Ennio Morricone modestly takes to the stage and is welcomed thunderously by his …

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Thief (Blu-ray)

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Shot at night in a rain battered Chicago; bathed in cool blues, blood pumping through it to the rhythm of Tangerine Dream’s icy synth-pop;Thief is the sort of film that truly sings, having been treated to one of Arrow Video’s now renowned hi-def remasterings. The first theatrical release from Michael …

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  We applaud Michael Keaton’s return to flight in a magical masterwork with serrated feathers The artistic wash-up is a recurring cinematic staple, with the likes of Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) in Wonder Boys and the Two Broke Thesps (Richard E Grant and Paul McGann) of Withnail & I just …

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One Night in Istanbul


It’s a hard life being a football fan. We endure the elements through harsh winters and sweltering summers, become the nucleus of banter around the water cooler on a Monday morning and are pulled through the emotional ringer whilst we experience the highs and lows of our team. You’d have to …

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babadababadababadababada…“Not my tempo” babadababadababada…”Nope, still not my tempo” babada…”NOT MY MOTHERFUCKING TEMPO!” In our pursuit of perfection, are we justified to push the boundaries of what is deemed socially acceptable? This is a prominent theme that runs through Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which charts the turbulent relationship between Andrew (Miles Teller), …

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A Most Violent Year


A Gangster film without the Gangsters J.C. Chandor is fast approaching the top of several ‘Directors To Watch’ lists, and with good reason. Both of his earlier releases, 2011’s high-tension Wall Street thriller Margin Call and 2013’s “Robert Redford vs. The Sea” survival drama All Is Lost, received high critical …

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Night Moves


A few weeks ago, we were all gorging ourselves on a feast of food and drink, the kids were playing with their new toys and video games, whilst the elders attempted to figure out how to turn on their iPad’s and Kindles. Wrapped up in the Christmas bliss, we spend little …

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Few hardcore horror fans worth their salt will pass up the opportunity to see Nekromantik: widely regarded as one of the most transgressive films ever made, Jörg Buttgereit’s 1987 shocker was greeted on its release by the fanfare of widespread moral panic, with numerous territories refusing to release the film …

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With the wintery chill sending the mercury plummeting and our teeth a chattering,we all seek the cosy confines of our local cinema to thaw out and banish away those wintery blues, for at this time of year, that succession of films prefixed with the soon to be trending, #Oscars2015, come …

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The Fall of the House of Usher

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Dashing young city boy Phillip Winthrop (played by prolific producer Mark Damon) journeys to the Gothic mansion of his betrothed Madeline Usher (Myrna Fahey), to find himself turned away by her white haired brother Roderick (Vincent Price). Both afflicted by an overwhelming heightening of the senses, the strange man insists …

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Thor Heyerdahl and the raft Kon-Tiki braved the Pacific Ocean in 1947, sailing not only against the might and indifference of its waves, but also a deluge of cynicism from a derisive scientific community. Heyerdahl, a young ethnographer, proposed that pre-Columbian South Americans could have originally settled Polynesia via the …

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