The Death Of DVD Will Haunt Us

Jon Spira | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

The figures are in for 2016, revealing that streaming and download services have finally overtaken physical media as the prime format for home film-wa...

Wrestling Road Diaries 3 - Funny Equals Money

Brendon Burns | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Comedy
Brendon Burns

If you're looking for something to fill in the hours over the christmas break, I've just finished my pal Colt Cabana's hilarious new documentary film ...

DVD Release: 'Sicario' and 'The Lobster'

Harry Crawford | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

If that's your cup of tea, then great - go ahead and watch it, be my guest (and all that jazz) - but I know many won't like it. It may come across as more-drama-less-action which may alienate some viewers, especially for the way the film is shot. Although remember: this isn't a bad thing.

A 30th Birthday Wish for Film in All Its Formats

Liz Bales | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

The 16th September 1985 was a landmark moment for British film fans. Thirty years ago today, film went on sale on our high streets for the first ti...

The Seven Inevitable Stages of Box-Set Addiction

Katy Cox | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Katy Cox

You decide to sign up to Netflix and watch an episode of this 'amazing' show just to have a little taste to see what it's like. What harm can it do? You press play. Seven hours later you notice the rays of the sun peeking through the gap in the living room curtains.

Does Jennifer Aniston's Cake Really Show Life With Chronic Pain?

Jayne Stephens | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jayne Stephens

It's not the most exciting or action-filled film, and there isn't a big special effects scene or rosy romantic ending, but in its own way it keeps you gripped, rooting for the characters and watching until the very end.

Scott, Oates and Cherry-Garrard

Simon Evans | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Simon Evans

Overshadowed by the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War this year has been another hundred year anniversary, that of the launch of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition. It was of course a heroic failure, one which ended the heroic age of polar exploration...

The Haunting Appeal of Katee Sackhoff

Roger Crow | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Katee has become one of the most recognisable actresses of the escapist genre. As feisty pilot Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace, she helped turn the revamped Battlestar Galactica into one of the most acclaimed dramas of the Noughties...

DVD Reviews -'The Killers' and 'Mister John'

Clive Botting | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Don Siegel's classic crime thriller 'The Killers' shines as brightly as it did in 1964 and who would have thought that Ronald Reagan, who played Jack Browning, the double-crossing ruthless mob boss would become the 40th US President.

DVD Review: Le Weekend, a Witty And Intelligent Triumph

Clive Botting | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

The Jim Broadbent-Lindsay Duncan dream team with Hanif Kureishi's script and Roger Michell's spot on direction give a beautifully observed mini triumph.

The Selfish Giant - DVD Review

Clive Botting | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Premiered at Cannes 2013 and nominated for Outstanding British Picture at the BAFTA 2014 Awards,'The Selfish Giant' is moving, compassionate and with astonishing lead performances, is a should-see-must-see film that places Clio Barnard as a major talent in UK cinema.

Paolo Sorrentino, Golden Globe winner, BAFTA and Oscar Nominee Is a Master of His Art

Clive Botting | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards and nominated for the BAFTAs and the Oscars, Paolo Sorrentino's 'The Great Beauty' is mesmerising with a tour-de-force performance from Toni Servillo.

The Price of Divorce and the Lust for Power - DVD Reviews

Clive Botting | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'What Maisie Knew', a must see intelligent, heartfelt and emotional tale of a six year old in the middle of acrimonious divorce - Onata Aprile gives a performance to behold. 'The Taste of Money' the follow up to Im Sang-soo's 'The Housemaid', is a stylised and intriguing bitter and delicious thriller of lust, seduction, decadence and betrayal.

Drama To Leave You 'Breathless'

Roger Crow | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Paul Unwin may not be a household name, but in TV terms he's a serious mover and shaker as one of the brains behind British TV's longest running medical saga, Casualty. I spoke to the amiable writer, director and photographer about his recent project, ITV's period medical drama Breathless.


Bill Bailey | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Bill Bailey

There are a number of acronyms in existence that have been used in the English language for hundreds of years, and all have been abbreviated for a good reason, because they were in another language to begin with. However the acronyms of today differ entirely. They have been created purely for convenience, and they do nothing but promote laziness in written and sometimes spoken English. 'ATM', we're well and truly in an age of 'LOLing', 'OMGing' and 'ROFLing'. However, since when has it become acceptable to communicate like this, rather than using good, old-fashioned, full length words?

A Herculean Task - Adapting Poirot For TV

Roger Crow | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Acclaimed playwright Nick Dear, the man who penned Danny Boyle's version of Frankenstein (with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller) for the National Theatre, knows the character better than most, having adapted six of Christie's Poirot novels for the small screen.

DVD Reviews - 'The Wall' and 'Caesar Must Die'

Clive Botting | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'The Wall' - Beautiful, absorbing, mysterious and eerily captivating. 'Caesar Must Die' -unique, compelling, riveting and Winner of the Golden Globe at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

DVD Review - The Artist and the Model - A Must Watch Gem

Clive Botting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Oscar winning director Fernando Trueba weaves a gentle and beautiful tale of life, love, sacrifice and devotion against the background of the unique relationship between an artist and his model.

DVD Reviews - An Acclaimed Drama Based on True Events and a Nostalgic Journey

Clive Botting | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Joachim Lafosse's compelling and nightmarish drama sits in the top 10 Art House World Cinema films of 2012. Olivier Assayas's autobiographical nostalgic reflection of the spirit of 1968 and the discovery of identities, captures the period look and feeling of the 'May events'.

DVD Reviews - Jake Schreier Delights and Derek Cianfrance's Epic Is Poetic

Clive Botting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

A funny and charming take on a retired cat burglar with onset Alzeimers contrasts with an ambitious riveting and mythical modern morality tale.

'The Borgias' - Faithful to the Spirit

G. J. Meyer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
G. J. Meyer

The arrival in DVD format of the third and final season of Neil Jordan's "The Borgias" gives rise to a host of interesting and even important questions.

DVD Reviews - Good Vibrations and The Angel's Share

Clive Botting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

What can you say about 'Good Vibrations' ? You need to see it and it will embrace you with a frenetic passion that defied the surrounding madness of The Troubles.

The Problem With Owning Too Many DVDs

Henry Fosdike | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Henry Fosdike

You see, when you have an inordinate stack of DVDs to get through, you almost feel like you deserve a reward for getting through some of them.

DVD Reviews - The Russian Western Front Contrasts With a Twist of the Classic Noir in Modern Day Moscow

Clive Botting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Sergei Loznitsa's parable of man's moral place and the search for human good in the catastrophe of war was well received at Cannes 2012 and contrasts with Andrey Zvyagintsev's 2011 tale of the corrupting power of money and class resentment in Putin's modern day Moscow.

DVD Reviews - A Low Budget Indie, Reminders of Huckleberry Finn and a Surreal Western Make for Great Viewing

Clive Botting | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

A low budget indie is chilling and uncomfortable viewing and oozes real horror, an emotionally rewarding coming-of-age movie on the banks of the Mississippi delights and a tongue-in-cheek surreal ballet of violence heralds the fastest gun in the South.