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Uncle Vanya

Shortly before the world changed forever with the Covid-19 pandemic, a dear friend and I had one of the last nights of normality I can remember witnessing Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Opening on the 14th of January...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Sting

It really is a fantastic time to have a 4K set-up. The sheer number of catalogue releases hitting shelves these days is staggering, with some of the finest films in cinema history joining the format each week. Universal Home En...
 
 
 
 
 
 

ZeroZeroZero

Adapted from the investigative book of the same name by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano, the epic and sprawling ZeroZeroZero is the sort of story that the miniseries format was made for. Providing a complex and layered look at ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 8

The question “Doctor who?” was answered 52 years ago. In the climax of the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton’s final adventure The War Games (1969), viewers learned that the Doctor was a Time Lord (and a very naughty one). With t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Virtuoso

To date, there has been not one but two film adaptations of the celebrated video game series Hitman. Both failed pretty miserably to capture the spirit of the games – the methodical planning and anxiety-inducing tension t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love Story

Following the announcement of a TV remake of the iconic story, Arthur Hiller’s iconic romance Love Story has made its UK Blu-ray debut with a sparkling new 4K restoration from the wonderful folks over at Paramount Home Entertai...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Darjeeling Limited

With acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson’s highly anticipated latest The French Dispatch one of countless films to be indefinitely delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no time like now to embark on a retrospective of the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ten Commandments

They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. In the last 67 years, few films have truly been able to match Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments in scope or scale. The staggering 1956 production – at the time the mo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Kid Detective

There are few as rewarding a narrative troupe than a good mystery. Watching it gradually unfold as we the audience or reader, along with the protagonist, realise everything is not quite what it seems. It is a staple that The Ki...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ammonite

Director and writer Frances Lee carefully and very tenderly tells the life story of pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning with this gentle biopic. Albeit he does take a huge deal of creative licence when it comes to her love s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Hughes 5-Movie Collection

Think of 1980s teen cinema. Chances are, you’ll be thinking of a film that the late, great John Hughes had a hand in. Whether he was directing, writing or producing, his presence could be felt across countless coming-of-age dra...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Death in Paradise: Series 10

As the BBC’s drama slate has largely become dominated by dark and broody shows like Peaky Blinders and Luther, sometimes it’s nice to take a breather and unwind with something gentle and comforting. For the last ten years, Deat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s a Sin

Wow. Just…wow. Sometimes, a show comes along that you know you will never, ever forget. We all remember where we were when we saw Tony Soprano cut to black as Don’t Stop Believin’ played out The Sopranos, and how we felt when H...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saint Maud

Some horrors want to make you jump, some want to chill you to the core, others want to get under your skin and haunt you with images impossible to forget. Saint Maud falls into that latter camp, a horror film that doesn’t want ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rent-A-Pal

Every once in a while, a film comes along – often with little fanfare – that just completely floors you. It could be a cerebral sci-fi from Benson & Moorhead or a thought-provoking drama from the other side of the world, or...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Trek – Picard: Season One

One of the longest-running and most celebrated sci-fi franchises of all time, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek is showing no signs of slowing down as it turns 55 years old. With three different series currently running and a furthe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Relic

Given the horror-show that was 2020 it’s hardly surprising to see the year gave us some genuinely great horror films. Films such as Saint Maud and Possessor were hugely celebrated and made a number of best of lists for the year...
 
 
 
 
 
 

One Night in Miami…

Stage-to-film adaptations can go one of two ways. In simple terms, they either expand upon the original text by opening the setting and probing deeper into its world and characters, or they feel frustratingly “stagy” by failing...