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Safety Last!

Almost 100 years since its release, Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s comedy classic Safety Last starring the legendary Harold Lloyd has finally reached Blu-ray in the UK, courtesy of the Criterion Collection.  The film follows...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The High Note

After tackling some interesting films in the last few years (presumably to wash away the stench of Fifty Shades), Dakota Johnson has proven herself to be an immensely talented actress in recent titles like Suspiria, Wounds and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K… It all began with an ‘80s improv class about two slacker, music-obsessed teenagers, and turned into one of the most successful comedies of the ‘80s, with a spin-off animated series and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr Vampire

One of the most famous and well-loved Hong Kong hits of the 1980s, Mr. Vampire was a genuine phenomena. Spawning at least four sequels and countless spin-offs and imitations, this Hong Kong horror-comedy to end them is a crowd-...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Knives Out

Knives Out director Rian Johnson likes to take traditional genre pieces and skew them. His debut film Brick was a film noir set in the high-drama high-stakes world of a high school. He even had the audacity to make a Star Wars ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Little Monsters

Little Monsters follows Dav (Alexander England), Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) and Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad) as they fight to save a class of pre-schoolers from a zombie apocalypse.  This deliciously gruesome zom-rom-com...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers is the exact definition of a cult film. Despite the huge array of talent on board, and with a large budget, even today, it remains virtually unknown in both Japan and the wider-world. Now, ov...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blinded By The Light

For the uninitiated the music of Bruce Springsteen could easily be adapted into any number of films. Pick a random Springsteen song and chances are it will tell a narrative. Of guys in cars, love lost, highways that disappear i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mid90s

Mid90s is labelled as a comedy from Jonah Hill. So you know what you’re going to get, right? Dick-jokes delivered by freaks and geeks, right? Wrong. It’s easy to sell Mid90s off the back of Hill’s success as an actor but as a f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come Back To The 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean

In a Woolworth’s, in a small town not far from where film star  James Dean shot Giant, his fan club reunite for an Altman-esque exploration of life, love, hope, and fear.  The film is based on a Ed Graczyk’s 1976 stage-pl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fighting With My Family

Professional Wrestling, all fake right? For the love of The Rock never say that to a wrestling fan. But while we’re at it, let’s make it clear, movies are fake as well. You still take endless enjoyment and entertainment out of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kind Hearts & Coronets

Kind Hearts & Coronets is often cited as the perfect Ealing Comedy but it’s also the most atypical. Director Robert Hamer, who co-wrote much of the script, expressed his intention to make a film “not noticeably similar to a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ralph Breaks The Internet

Why have Disney brought up every major franchise going? From Marvel to LucasFilm Disney have swallowed them all up, why? Yes, well done to make more money, but based on this evidence to also allow all those products occupy, dom...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blindspotting

Blindspotting is that optical illusion of looking at an image long enough to find it morphs into something else. You know the ones, is it two faces or a vase, is it a duck or a rabbit? Like those illusions the film incarnation ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

TAG

For one month every year, five highly-competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds barred game of tag that they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs, and their relationships to take ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

King Of Hearts

There’s something wonderfully whimsical about King of Heats. While the film was a flop on its initial release in 1966, its combination of anti-authoritarian humour, and its feel-good vibe, quickly gained it cult status. During ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Game Night

Time was that Hollywood loved anything high concept. The basic idea of high concept is the ‘what if’ scenario. So, what if there’s a bomb on a bus, what if a shark terrorised a sea-side town, what if toys had lives of their own...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lady Bird

There is a scene early on in Lady Bird which sees the titular character and her mother shopping in a thrift store looking for a dress for a school dance. They bicker, they snipe at each other and then they find the perfect dres...
 
 
 
 
 
 

It Came From The Desert

There’s a point, about ten minutes into It Came From The Desert when you’re gonna think ‘Ok I’m calling it’. But before your reach for the remote, just give it ten more minutes. Admittedly, if you’re no longer 14-years-old, it’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Before seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle you should know two things. One; the violence is toned down, a little. Two; the innuendos and crass humour have been turned up. With that in mind though it’s fair to say Kingsman: The G...