The Artist Makes All The Noise

Wednesday, May 30 2012
The Artist Makes All The Noise

With so many Oscars behind it and, arguably even more crucially, a welter of five-star reviews, The Artist was always going to dominate DVD and Blu-ray reviews pages on its home entertainment release. And, as our weekly round-up of DVD and Blu-ray coverage in national newspapers and beyond illustrates, that’s just what happened. The black […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LI

Tuesday, May 29 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LI

After a relatively barren run, our regular screening correspondent Alex Kidd was thrust headlong into a busy week, with Nazis from the past and the future, Mexicans, boy scouts and a special event to mark the reopening of Leicester Square. Here’s a full report on his seven days in London’s screening rooms, multiplexes and, this […]

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Diamond Geezers

Monday, May 28 2012
Diamond Geezers

The votes are cast, the counting has finished and, a matter of days ahead of the diamond  jubilee, HMV has unveiled the best British film released during Queen Elizabeth  II’s reign. The 60-year poll organised online by the retailer makes for interesting reading, even if it doesn’t throw up too many major surprises. The music […]

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Do You Remember The First Time Part III

Friday, May 25 2012
Do You Remember The First Time Part III

And there’s more, to mirror the words of the late, great Frank Carson… We’ve been asking the trade for their first scary film experiences to tie in with the release of Momentum’s The Woman In Black, remembering, after all, that the 12 certificate film will be, for many pre- and early teens, the first film […]

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History Rewritten

Thursday, May 24 2012
History Rewritten

An obsession with disgusting behaviour and toilet humour, an irreverent take on serious historical incidents, a wealth of spoof songs based on current chart hits, a more than passing interest in the ridiculous ways in which historical figures have died, a series of wicked historical versions of contemporary television programmes, a guest list of stars […]

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines

Wednesday, May 23 2012
Making Hay While The Sun Shines

It’s been a big month for Momentum, with Shame, last week’s best-reviewed title according to our weekly round-up of press coverage and reviews for DVD and Blu-ray releases, being joined in stores and online this week by Haywire. The Steven Soderbergh actioner appeals to both high and lowbrow publications, the former wooed by the director […]

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The Week In Screenings Part L

Tuesday, May 22 2012
The Week In Screenings Part L

He’s been penning his thoughts on films he’s seen at multiplexes, arthouses and screening rooms over the past seven days for more than a year now, but we can’t remember a time when our screening correspondent Alex Kidd has only seen one film in a week. But that’s what’s just happens, here’s his latest report… We’ll […]

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Happy Birthday Revolver

Monday, May 21 2012
Happy Birthday Revolver

Revolver is blowing out the candles on a cake celebrating its 15th year in existence. In that time it has gone from being, originally, a special interest publisher looking more at fitness and sports titles, to a fully functioning UK-based film distributor, with a  catalogue boasting difficult, dangerous and unique films from these shores  and […]

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Do You Remember The First Time? Part II

Monday, May 21 2012
Do You Remember The First Time? Part II

It’s the kind of question that’s set a lot of people thinking – what was your first scary film experience? Momentum is using it as one of the hooks for its PR campaign for the June release of the year’s most successful horror film (and the most successful British horror flick ever) The Woman In Black. We’ve […]

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HMV Heads For Calmer Waters

Thursday, May 17 2012
HMV Heads For Calmer Waters

HMV ceo Simon Fox is in a remarkably amiable mood when The Raygun speaks to him on the phone. He’s preparing for a board meeting but you wouldn’t know, he sounds relaxed and is chatty and friendly. After the kicking that HMV has received from the press in the past year or two – much […]

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None More Black

Wednesday, May 16 2012
None More Black

Regular readers of this website or The Raygun newsletter  will know of our admiration for the BFI’s marvellous Flipside imprint, the label dedicated to unearthing lost and forgotten classics, often with a particularly sleazy bent, and predominantly from the 1960s and 1970s.  It’s done it again with its next batch. As well as Nightbirds, a […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LIX

Tuesday, May 15 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LIX

More in the continuing adventures of our regular screening correspondent Alex Kidd, who’s had a quieter seven days in terms of screenings, but has still managed to spend much of his time viewing trailers and caught up with a couple of new releases. Here’s his latest missive from the front line… Another quite week here […]

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Named And Shamed

Monday, May 14 2012
Named And Shamed

One week, two big releases that were as different as you can get. In one corner there was the brio and bluster of the latest Sherlock Holmes outing as imagined by Guy Ritchie, A Game Of Shadows; in the other the more low-key, and far less family focused, Shame, a gritty look at sex addiction, […]

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Do You Remember The First Time?

Monday, May 14 2012
Do You Remember The First Time?

What was your first scary film experience? It’s a teasing question, the kind that would provoke lively office or, more pertinently these days, office debate. Given its 12 certificate – one element that helped it towards its record-breaking £21 million plus haul at UK cinemas – Momentum’s The Woman In Black will, for many teenagers, […]

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Nipper Flies The Flag As HMV Votes

Friday, May 11 2012
Nipper Flies The Flag As HMV Votes

We’ve spent the past week or so perusing this lengthy list of British films, put together by retailer HMV as part of the jubilee celebrations taking place this summer. With its own heritage as a particularly British retailer – the company itself dates back more than a hundred years – HMV is aiming to find […]

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