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  • Film Review – City Lights (1931)

    Film Review – City Lights (1931)

    He’s film’s most iconic tramp, Charlie Chaplin returns with what  some consider his greatest film, City Lights. Now released  and restored by The Criterion Collection on Blu-ray with a host of fantastic extras. This is one of Chaplin’s most cherished films.  As for my previous statement  it’s his greatest film, that off course is personal…

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  • Films with Family Secrets

    Films with Family Secrets

    To coincide with the recent release of The Invitation in UK and Irish cinemas. I’ve decided to look at films that have families with secrets. Below is a list of films that involve family secrets, as ever they are in particular order and it’s only a selection of films. What Josiah Saw (2022) Robert Patrick…

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  • Film Review – The Invitation (2022)

    Film Review – The Invitation (2022)

    Jessica M.Thompson’s lavish gothic horror The Invitation wants to be different, but lacks the extra ‘bite’ to stand out. The vampire sub-genre has been tried and tested many times over the decades. Sadly the tag is getting worn out and it’s 3 decades since The Lost Boys and Near Dark. Game Of Thrones star Nathalie…

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  • Film Review – Gloria Bell (2018)

    Film Review – Gloria Bell (2018)

    In 2013 Sebastian Lelio released his breakthrough Chilean drama, Gloria. It propelled the filmmaker into the international arena, like most critically acclaimed films, a remake usually follows. As history foretells, those remakes usually end badly and 2018 that remake arrived. Gloria Bell is one of those rare occasions a remake actually worked. In the original…

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  • Film Review – A Star Is Born (2018)

    Film Review – A Star Is Born (2018)

    Every generation ‘stars are born’ or in the words of Jackson Maine  ‘Talent Is  Everywhere’, he would be correct. Last October, Bradley Cooper had a lot to say when he made his directorial feature debut, A Star Is Born, when it was released in the cinema, now you can own it. When the film was…

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  • Blu-Ray Review – My Man Godfrey (1936, Criterion Collection)

    Blu-Ray Review – My Man Godfrey (1936, Criterion Collection)

    Amongst the cavalcade of cinematic masterpieces, arthouse wonders, World Cinema powerhouses, The Criterion Collection know how to dial down the tone, to unleash some lighthearted fun. Gregory La Cava‘s My Man Godfrey (1936), a brilliantly funny screwball comedy that delivers that lighthearted fun with some social satire. When it comes to period based films or…

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  • Film Review – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (2017)

    Film Review – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (2017)

    Nowadays if you’re in the public spotlight thanks to newspapers, magazines, and social media, people know everything about you. From where you are, do, eat, work, relationships, the list is endless you could easily say is very intense. Let’s go back to a time when film stars had some privacy (Late 1970’s to early 1980’s).…

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  • Film Review – The Greatest Showman (2017)

    Film Review – The Greatest Showman (2017)

    There was a time when musicals were dime a dozen and ‘pure escapism’ to forget all your troubles. This was the golden age of Hollywood when Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rodgers ruled the stage. It was an unforgettable, magical world, a world that immersed you from start to finish. Now let’s fast forward…

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  • Film Review – Table 19 (2017)

    Film Review – Table 19 (2017)

    When it comes to any family get together especially weddings or wakes, sometimes you just want to hide away in the corner and hope you’ll be forgotten about. In Jeff Blitz‘s Table 19 you may just get that hiding place amongst the forgotten, misfits and weirdos!With Jay and Mark Duplass onboard scripting, you would hope…

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  • DVD Review – Sleeping With Other People (2016)

    DVD Review – Sleeping With Other People (2016)

    Rom-coms are ten a penny, so many are created for cinema and home release but so many disappoint, many come and go like Lord Lucan at a Police convention. Maybe we’re too cruel or quick in our opinions of the sub-genre when another appears we’ve already made our minds up it’s a flop. Are we…

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