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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

After The Fox

In a career packed with iconic films like The Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove and The Ladykillers, choosing a favourite Peter Sellers film is a difficult task. A dark horse competitor is the criminally underrated After The Fox, a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life was the last full-length Monty Python film before the untimely death of Graham Chapman in 1989. And, in may ways, it’s a return to their roots. Unlike The Holy Grail and The Life of Brian, which both had fai...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...