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The Duchess Movie – My Thoughts And Opinions

The Duchess was made a few years ago now and was a British period drama set in the 18th century. It starred Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes in the central roles. Knightley played the part of the Duchess of Devonshire (in England) and Fiennes played her husband, the Duke of Devonshire. The movie centred on [...]

Film Review – Is Step Brothers A Decent Movie Or Not?

Step Brothers was released just over two years ago in 2008. It was directed by Adam McKay who co-wrote the film with Will Ferrell, the star of the movie. Ferrell plays one of the brothers in the title and the other is played by John Reilly. Will Ferrell plays the role of Brennan Huff and [...]

Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 – Blu-ray Edition

When Fantasia was first released on home video tape back in November 1991 I was working in a retail Video shop and I was actively involved in its promotion, I think we must have played it 4 times a day for the best part of 3 months and the sales were phenomenal; in fact it [...]

Best Horror Movies Ever Made

For horror fans, a list containing the best horror movies ever made is something that is indispensable. These films are something that if you have not already seen, you will want to go out and buy a copy to watch, and even if you have already seen it, many of these movies are timeless. Bellow [...]

Wild At Heart

When Wild At Heart was released at the cinema in 1990 I went to see it 3 times in the first week, this was the height of a strangely cool David Lynch mania that had gripped the planet since he posed the question “Who killed Laura Palmer?” in the groundbreaking, primetime TV series Twin Peaks. [...]

Poirot: Murder On The Orient Express

David Suchet has been playing Hercule Poirot on television for 20 years, almost every story has been filmed and finally one of the most anticipated has marked Poirot’s debut on the hidef format; Murder On The Orient Express is considered by many to be the definitive Hercule Poirot story, and perhaps the best-known Agatha Christie [...]

North by Northwest: 50th Anniversary Edition

After his intensely personal psychological thriller Vertigo received mixed reviews due to its length and obsessive attention to detail Hitchcock set out to follow it with a fast paced, action packed, stylish, comic, chase picture to end all chase pictures. Screenwriter Ernest Lehman wonderfully parodies and trumps all of Hitch’s previous films of the 1950s [...]

Cleo from 5 to 7

From the opening credits of Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7, you know this is going to be a stylish and important film of the French New Wave, a period of Cinema history dominated by Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. In the colour credit sequence Cleo (Corine Marchand), a young and beautiful Parisian, is [...]

Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure

It has got to be one of the most eagerly anticipated Blu-ray releases of all time and finally, almost 5 years since the hidef format launched, Apocalypse Now has been released almost a year to the day after The Godfather: Coppola Restoration collection. The Full Disclosure package is every bit as impressive, if not more [...]

Inland Empire

I was going to get around to reviewing Inland Empire on Blu-ray at some point but have been inspired to do so with a little more urgency by some surprisingly disparaging comments about it at, of all places, the Twin Peaks Gazette an online community dedicated to the seminal TV show and David Lynch’s oeuvre [...]

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Disney’s A Christmas Carol might have been better titled Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as screenwriter/director Robert Zemeckis has very faithfully adapted the classic short story by blending the original text, as set similarly in the outstanding 1951 version starring Alistair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, with the exhilarating visual style achieved through the digital motion-capture animation [...]

Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition

In 1959 Alfred Hitchcock signed a deal with Universal Studios allowing him to make any picture he liked as long as the budget was under $3 million. He still owed Paramount Pictures a movie under contract so, inspired by the box office success of maverick B-Movie producer/director Roger Corman, he decided to make a very [...]

Woody Allen

Woody Allen has been writing and directing a new film project each a year for the last half a century, he has also acted in many of them, although in recent years he usually takes a smaller role, providing the comic relief or simply doesn’t appear at all. Even from behind the camera you know [...]

Citizen Kane

I was inspired to write this online journal by a line from Citizen Kane, arguably the best film ever made, or is it just the best American film ever made these days? Anyway, the young Charles Foster Kane writes to his guardian Walter Parks Thatcher, that he “thinks it would be fun to run a [...]

Spike Lee

After I returned from my tour of America in 1991 I took a job working in a retail Video shop and this presented me, as an avid movie fan, with two key benefits; the first was the opportunity to preview any tape outside of opening hours, the second was the generous staff discount that allowed [...]

Alfred Hitchcock

In a single decade between 1954 and 1964 Alfred Hitchcock would Produce and Direct a dozen perfect movies, most notably Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho, The Birds and Marnie. Although only accounting for a third of his career, this would be his “Golden Period” and with each decade that passes these films seem [...]

Oliver Stone

I was a teenager when I first became aware of Oliver Stone’s movies but I remember taking very little notice of either Platoon or Wall Street at the time. I appreciated that they were well-crafted films that won awards for writing and direction, featuring actors that I respected, Charlie and Martin Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Michael [...]

Dharmendra Biography

Dharmendra Singh Deol is a Legendary Bollywood Superstar. He is popularly known as the ‘He-Man’, of Bollywood and also as ‘Garam Dharam’. Dharmendra has acted in more than 200 Bollywood films over a period of four decades. Dharmendra was considered as the most handsome actor in Bollywood during the peak of his career. In 1997, [...]

Ram Gopal Verma Biography

Ram Gopal Varma is a Bollywood director, producer and screenwriter. He makes Telugu as well as Hindi films. He is famous for his psychological thrillers and films related to the underworld. Early Life Ram Gopal Varma Penmetsa was born on 7th April 1962 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. His parents are Krishnam Raju Penmetsa and Satyavathi. [...]

Sajid Nadiadwala Biography

Sajid Nadiadwala is currently among the top-most producers in Bollywood. Under his banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Nadiadwala has produced successful films like JEET (1996), JUDWAA (1997), HAR DIL JO PYAR KAREGA…(2000), MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI (2004), HEYY BEBYY (2007), KAMBAKKHT ISHQ (2009) and HOUSEFULL (2010). He is known for his extremely high production values. Early Life [...]