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The Lion In Winter

It’s 1183 and King Henry II of England wants his youngest son, Prince John, to inherit his throne. His estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitaine favours their older son, Richard – he of Lionhearted fame. Eleanor is in prison fo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Testament Of Youth

In a world where World War movies such as Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and Schindler’s List exist it is a struggle to find a valid reason why A Testament of Youth should join the list. Director James Kent navigates us through...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Turner

No stranger to period dramas, British cinema could hardly have seen Mr. Turner coming. One of the United Kingdom’s most celebrated artists comes to grunting, gruff life thanks to the wonders and determination of another great a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mirror

The Mirror is inspired by two things from real life. Firstly is a supposed real-life story of a haunted mirror being found and sold, which is included on the DVD of the film as a bonus feature. The evidence for the haunting in ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blanche

The history of European cinema is really nothing but a series of random events. At any point in the last century, the winds of fashion could easily have changed direction and changed the cinematic landscape forever. What would ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club marks the culmination in the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey.  For too long McConaughey, who had showed award worthy accolades in films such as Lone Star and A Time To Kill, dwelled in the doldrums of by-t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave may well have be an Oscar-bating and winning drama but it is substantially more besides.  Coming off the back of other slave themed films, such as the politically minded Lincoln and the comic-book stylings of Q...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Stuff

Larry Cohen is a name known in film for very off-beat projects, often blending in old-school elements updated with a sense of modern satire.  From the notorious killer baby movie It’s Alive, to the insane areas God Told M...
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Dies At The End

Cracked.com editor Jason Pargin (under the alias David Wong) first started writing his comic horror stories as a web-serial in 2001.  They were so successful that he later re-edited them into the novel John Dies At The End, a s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wings

One of the chief joys of watching older films lies in finding answers to questions about why certain films get made and why they look the way they do. Often, people who concern themselves with such matters argue that particular...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winter of Discontent

Sergei Eisenstein’s immortal Battleship Potemkin begins with sailors eating maggoty food and ends with many of those exact same sailors cheering the revolution as their fellows decide to join them in open revolt against the Tsa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tenebre

Tenebre sees Dario Argento back to his bonkers giallo best.  Inspired to write the film after he found his own stalker threatening to kill him, it is easily the director’s most personal work and arguably his most accessible. Fl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lifeforce

Lifeforce was originally billed as “from the director of Poltergeist“.  That’s only partially true, as it has become legend how little control Tobe “The Texas Chainsaw Massace” Hooper actually had ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In The Fog

In The Fog just narrowly avoids being a very good film indeed. Based on a short story by one of the greats of Belarusian literature, the film opens with a group of Soviet soldiers being escorted towards an ominous train by a gr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rebellion

Mathieu Kassovitz first came to the world’s attention in 1995 when his second feature film La Haine captured the public mood and laid bare the tension and mistrust between impoverished urban youth and the French police. Angry, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Burnt by the Sun 2

Back in 1994, Nikita Mikhalkov co-wrote, co-produced, directed and starred in a film entitled Burnt by the Sun. Set immediately prior to World War II, the film told of a vicious love triangle featuring a beautiful young woman, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mama

Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood

Back in 1975, the leaders of the world’s six richest industrialised nations decided to get together for an informal chat about global economic policy.  This summit proved so successful that it soon became a fixture of internati...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Impossible Review

On December 26th 2004 most of us were recovering from over-indulging on Christmas Day with a well-earned leftover sandwich.  Until we turned on the TV to the news that one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded history, T...