Get Together Round The Old Joanna…

Thursday, June 30 2011
Get Together Round The Old Joanna…

More than 40 years ago, director and multi-hyphenate Mike Sarne made his debut feature film, Joanna, for 20th Century Fox. A quintessential Swinging Sixties affair, shot in London and chock full of quirky ideas, the film soon fell by the wayside, becoming a forgotten classic that few remembered. Until, that is, it was rescued from […]

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Devil Has The Best Tunes

Thursday, June 30 2011
Devil Has The Best Tunes

A film about wartime exploits, in the Channel Isles, made by New Zealanders and now due for a UK release? The Devil’s Rock is a truly international effort, and it’s one of the more interesting DTV titles that’s come across our desk in the past month or two. Directed by Kiwi Paul Campion, who worked […]

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Happy Anime-versary

Wednesday, June 29 2011
Happy Anime-versary

It’s been 20 years since the UK video market was introduced to the world of Japanese anime and the pioneering Manga Entertainment imprint. Akira, a film that truly deserves the epithet game-changing, certainly for Chris Blackwell’s Island World Communications video label, which was making its steady way along releasing arthouse and special interest titles, until […]

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The Week In Screenings Part XV

Tuesday, June 28 2011
The Week In Screenings Part XV

A relatively quiet week for our screening correspondent Alex Kidd, but he saw a couple ob belters. Here’s his musings on his week at preview theatres, multiplexes and, this time around, the BFI Southbank…   Monday night and it’s time for something I’ve really been looking forward to – Torchwood Miracle Day. The BFI are […]

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No Strings, Lots Of Reviews

Monday, June 27 2011
No Strings, Lots Of Reviews

The two best reviewed DVD and Blu-ray releases  in newspapers and magazines over the past week or so, highlighted on our weekly round-up, show that a home entertainment release is often the chance to reappraise a film that may not have worked at cinemas. A title such as No Strings Attached wasn’t critically well received […]

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Insight 360 In Numbers…

Wednesday, June 22 2011
Insight 360 In Numbers…

The BVA and Industry Trust-endorsed Insight 360 day was organised to try and look at the wider view of what’s happening in, around and beyond our industry. It obviously paid particular attention to the digital arena, but not just technological developments, as well as taking on those and IP issues, but also in areas such […]

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The Week In Screenings Part XIV

Tuesday, June 21 2011
The Week In Screenings Part XIV

Our regular correspondent Alex Kidd has been all over town and beyond in the past week, taking in some of the week’s big releases, and a few forthcoming previews too. Here’s the diary of his past seven days of film-going…    Tuesday and I’m back in one of my favourite cinemas, the Cineworld on Haymarket, […]

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Pugilist Pulls Press

Monday, June 20 2011
Pugilist Pulls Press

It had already had a strong performance at the Oscars and garnered plenty of coverage on its theatrical release and that strong performance continued on to DVD for Momentum’s The Fighter, as our weekly round up of press coverage and reviews in the national press shows. The previous week had witnessed a fair amount of […]

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My Inspiration – Rennie Mitchell (Hicksville)

Friday, June 17 2011
My Inspiration – Rennie Mitchell (Hicksville)

Marti DiBergi: “Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?” This Is Spinal Tap (1984)  Date: Saturday July 11th 1987 (possibly) . City: Edinburgh (central). Weather: Balmy (a good 15 degrees). I was a fourth year at high school and in the midst (or […]

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Expo-sure Guaranteed

Thursday, June 16 2011
Expo-sure Guaranteed

The MCM Expo has, over the past few years, become one of the leading events on the calendar for genre devotees  – from children and teens through to people who are old enough to know better, from Japanese anime devotees through to sci-fi and horror geeks, as well as just film fans – it’s the […]

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A Frosty Reception

Wednesday, June 15 2011
A Frosty Reception

Best pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost understand what makes fans tick, they are, after all, the ultimate fan boys turned film stars themselves.  And when it comes to supporting a release the duo, who had become best pals before hitting paydirt with Spaced and, later, films such as Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz […]

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Saddle Up

Wednesday, June 15 2011
Saddle Up

“Clean up in aisle three.” Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a cowboy on a horse in the middle of Sainsbury’s. Of course it wasn’t there to stock up on hay – in Hayes, no less –  but the horse, and his faithful cowboy companion, rode into the wild, wild west (well, the […]

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A Dam Fine Puppet

Wednesday, June 15 2011
A Dam Fine Puppet

There are a plethora of beaver-related gags we could make here, but seeing as every film writer and reviewer has already made them, we’ll steer clear of the obvious ones.  This wonderful glove puppet was issued by Icon to mark the release of its latest theatrical outing, the Mel Gibson starrer The Beaver, in which […]

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True Gift

Wednesday, June 15 2011
True Gift

“Will you be at home today?” Paramount’s PR agency Eulogy asked us last week, while we were working away at the weekly Raygun newsletter. “We’ve got a delivery coming your way.” And then this package, pictured left, turned up, to mark the release of the studio’s excellent Coen Brothers take on Western classic True Grit, […]

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Human Behaviour – Comment

Tuesday, June 14 2011
Human Behaviour – Comment

The announcement last week by the BBFC that it was refusing  to grant a certificate to The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) – to give it its full title – brought the issue of film classification sharply back into focus again. More so than some of its other recent decisions – say, Grotesque or, even more […]

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