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Pixie

A crime comedy set in Ireland that has all the hallmarks of an early Guy Ritchie film sounds like it should be a lot of fun. And in many ways that’s exactly what Pixie is but like it’s titular character it remains something of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lilyhammer: The Complete Series

In 2021, Netflix continue to dominate the TV landscape with shows like The Witcher, Stranger Things and Bridgerton in their catalogue, alongside their hugely popular documentaries like Tiger King and the recent Cecil Hotel seri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s in the Air

George Formby’s sixth film for Associated Talking Pictures, 1938’s It’s in the Air finds the ukulele man in his imperial phase. Formby’s first film for ATP, 1935’s No Limit, saw him play a Wigan chimney sweep who achieves his d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Climb

What would you do for love? Or in this case the question should be, what would you give up for love? For Kyle (Kyle Marvin) it seems to be his dignity, often his pride but always his sense of peace as he chooses to, is encourag...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Charade

Often described as “the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made”, the late Stanley Donen’s 1963 favourite Charade is a film packed with enough twists and turns to inspire the Master of Suspense comparison – but thanks to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tammy and the T-Rex

If ever there were an award for the most bizarre premise, Stewart Raffill’s cult classic Tammy and the T-Rex would almost certainly win the top prize. “I was just trying to do a film for people that like wacky movies”, Raffill ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bill & Ted Face The Music

Bill & Ted Face The Music is everything you ever wanted from a third Bill & Ted movie. It’s true that the first 15 minutes or so are painfully slow, with Keanu Reeves seemingly struggling to recapture that spirt of artl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Please Turn Over

Premiering in December 1959, Please Turn Over is a British comedy that, in its own way, reflects the teenage rebellion and sexual liberation of the decade to follow. It centres on Jo (Julia Lockwood), a 17-year-old bored of her...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942

In 1999, Marlene Dietrich was named the ninth greatest female screen legend of classic Hollywood cinema, and her reputation has only grown in the last 20 years. One of the most iconic and recognisable stars in film history, her...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Broken Hearts Gallery

No doubt about it, the last 12 months have been tough. Without getting too doom-and-gloom about it, we are living through pretty terrible times – something that even the most smiley-faced optimist would surely agree with....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Erik The Viking

Just five years before his iconic performance as Andy Dufresne in 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins delivered his most bizarre work in Terry Jones’ madcap Viking spoof Erik the Viking. Released for the first time on ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tremors

There are few films with quite as enduring a cult legacy as Ron Underwood’s Tremors, the franchise-spawning love letter to 1950s creature features and B-movies. An affectionate throwback to old school horror with heaps of comed...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tales from the Hood I & II

Despite its cult status, Tales from the Hood is the last film I ever expected to receive a lavish limited-edition release from the British Film Institute. Directed by Rusty Cundieff and executive-produced by Spike Lee, the film...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ladykillers

There’s a reason that The Lady Killers is considered to be one of the best British comedies ever made. It’s not because it comes from the same studio that produced Ealing Classics such as The Lavender Hill Mob and Kind Hearts &...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Love Lottery

The Love Lottery is a curious beast. It’s a big-budget Ealing Comedy, featuring Hollywood top-billers and exotic overseas locations. Humphrey Bogart even make an uncredited appearance. And while most Ealing Comedies tend to be ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Love Lottery

Referred to by film producer Sir Michael Balcon as one of the worst films made at the prestigious Ealing Studios, Charles Crichton’s The Love Lottery is a disappointing and often bizarre entry in British film history that waste...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trouble Brewing

George Formby is still one of film’s most unlikely superstars. The Lancastrian comic’s screen performances, always as a gawping everyman nifty at the banjolele who must achieve success in a field alien to him and win the affect...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beetlejuice

As Halloween approaches, Warner Bros Home Entertainment have finally given the 4K treatment to Tim Burton’s finest film – the hilariously spooky Beetlejuice. Like the titular bio-exorcist himself, Beetlejuice is a film that nee...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Twins

Think about Arnie and the films that spring to mind are probably the big action blockbusters such as Predator, Terminator, and Commando. Yet, Arnie made more money from Twins than he did from any other film.  Grossing $216 mill...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Junior

Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Michael J. Nelson called Junior “the second-worst comedy ever made”. Famed film reviewer Roger Ebert disagreed, saying “I know this sounds odd, but Schwarzenegger is perfect for the...