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The Haunting Appeal of Katee Sackhoff

Roger Crow | Posted 03.03.2014 | 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 21.02.2014 | 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.

ATM I'm OBVS ROFL... OMG LOL

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.

DVD Reviews - Past History Reflects the Present Day

Clive Botting | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Two films reflect existing dilemmas. Cate Shortland's 'Lore', an errie and memorable portrait of the devastating effects of war and a nation in denial and Pablo Lorrrain's 'NO', a depiction of the cruelty of distorted power and the power of the ballot box.

A Palestinian Tale About 'Israeli-Arabs' and an Israeli Documentary About Shin Bet

Clive Botting | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Some 1400 killed in an apparent chemical attack in Damascas, pressure on Obama to act, events in Egypt leading Douglas Alexander to suggest a robust response from EU governments and the Palestinian question remains unanswered. The Middle East is rarely out of the headlines. Two remarkable films give an insight into the complexities of this region.

DVD Reviews - Wonderful Cinema That Should Be Seen by All but Will Be Viewed by Few

Clive Botting | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'A Late Quartet', a captivating and intelligent debut feature from Yaron Zilberman, 'In the House', Francois Ozon's clever narrative driven spellbinding psychological drama plays games with the audience and Steven Soderberg's Hitchcockian 'Side Effects' is full of double crosses. Cinema can be one of the great pleasures of life.

Piracy! Illegal Downloads! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I'm an independent filmmaker. I've tried a lot of different ways of giving stuff away free over the years. However, shooting movies isn't free, and at some point in the process you need to make sure that someone gives you some money, otherwise you don't get to make any more independent movies.

A Biography of Idiocy

Ricky Gervais | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ricky Gervais

I am so proud of The Ricky Gervais Show. Not just because of how well it turned out or how successful it was, or the awards, or even how much fun I had producing it. I'm proudest of the fact that it was just another experiment that got out of hand - The Ricky Gervais Show Series Three was released on DVD this week. To celebrate this final chapter I thought I'd tell the lovely readers of The Huffington Post the story of how we got here...

The Growing Demand for Digital Film, TV and Video Services

Liz Bales | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

While cinema, DVD and Blu-ray remain the nation's favourite ways to watch a film, with new innovations such as UltraViolet - which allows consumers to buy a DVD or Blu-ray bundled together with the right to access that film online via the UltraViolet digital content library - film fans are being offered even more official ways to watch, both on and offline.

How To Save A Life - HMV's

Daniel Wood | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK
Daniel Wood

here are other, equally as significant reasons, why the UK's sole surviving entertainment chain has seen its fortunes collapse. These are what I believe those shortcomings are and here is what I think could have been done/should now be done to rectify them.