The Week In Screenings Part LXI

Tuesday, August 14 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LXI

Just one screening for our regular correspondent Alex Kidd this week, but when it’s as bombastic as this outing, then it’s all we need. Here he offers his thoughts on the hugely video-friendly The Expendables 2. A very busy week for me last week, but sadly only one film screening to write about, the rest […]

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Hunting Down The Coverage

Tuesday, August 14 2012
Hunting Down The Coverage

The press’ love affair with Scandinavian crime dramas and the whole Nordic Noir shebang has been oft noted here on our regular round-up of weekly press coverage for home entertainment releases… And the love affair continued with the release of Headhunters, as our weekly update of reviews over the past seven days shows. The Momentum […]

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Friday, August 10 2012
Home Is Where The Heart Is

One of the highlights of the film year in 2011 was the Scala Forever season, celebrating the seminal, notorious London cinema, which played a pivotal role in ours, and many others in our industry’s film education. Wel now, get ready for Scala Beyond, which expands and opens up the idea even further. One strand of […]

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The Week In Video Part IV

Friday, August 10 2012
The Week In Video Part IV

As a child, I had two favourite actors. One was Steve McQueen (in most of my creative writing stories at junior school, my name was Steve), the other was Doug McCLure. So the arrival of a batch of titles from the legendary Amicus production outfit was eagerly anticipated. First choice had to be The Land […]

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The French Are Coming

Friday, August 10 2012
The French Are Coming

There was a decidedly French flavouring to the weekend’s newspapers, at least as far as their press and PR coverage was concerned, as our regular round-up of reviews in the media highlights. With the Olympics meaning that few studios were prepared to risk releasing bigger titles, it was a chance for foreign language fare and […]

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Heading For Calmer Waters…

Wednesday, August 8 2012
Heading For Calmer Waters…

HMV chief executive Simon Fox has not had an easy ride in his six years at the retailer. He’s seen others come and go – Virgin and Woolworths among them – meaning the 200 plus chain he’s been heading up has effectively become the last man standing on the high street in entertainment terms. But […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LX

Tuesday, August 7 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LX

Last week he was in New York, but after catching up with the one new release he’d yet to see, our regular screening correspondent Alex Kidd previews a month’s worth of big events at the Scala Beyond season, the sequel to last year’s event celebrating the legendary London rep cinema. Here’s his latest thoughts… After […]

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Brawl In The Game

Monday, August 6 2012
Brawl In The Game

July 2011 and The Raygun, along with hordes of other film fans, are queuing in the pouring rain outside XOYO, a relatively new venue in London’s fashionable east end, for the premiere of Hobo With A Shotgun. It’s organised the event as part of a brief theatrical campaign for the launch of the film. Brief […]

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Smash And Grab

Monday, August 6 2012
Smash And Grab

In its relatively short time on the collective radar, The Raid has gone from being one of the most-talked about films of the year, its most eagerly anticipated and, after its resounding box office success, one of 2012’s biggest foreign langugage earners. And now, with the DVD and Blu-ray on the way, it’s set for […]

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The Week In Video Part III

Friday, August 3 2012
The Week In Video Part III

Our latest regular musings on our week’s worth of home viewing… “You still watch VHS?” is the incredulous answer we often get from people when we discuss our film viewing. Usually the answer is a resounding yes, although for the past couple of months, we’ve reined it in, mainly because the cable guy (not that […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LIX

Thursday, August 2 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LIX

New York, New York, so good they named it twice. Also so good that Alex Kidd regularly returns to one of his favourite cities. And what does our regular screening correspondent do when he’s in the Big Apple? He goes to see more films – talk about a busman’s holiday. Here’s his report on what […]

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Everybody’s Heard About The Bird

Thursday, August 2 2012
Everybody’s Heard About The Bird

It’s oft been stated before, but the home entertainment release of a film provides a timely opportunity for reassessment, especially from critics. And, as our weekly round up of coverage for DVD and home entertainment releases highlights, that was the case this week. Two titles were chief amongst those up for a second viewing, namely […]

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