MISERY: SPECIAL EDITION

Review By Paul Mount, 4 out of 5 “I’m your number one fan.” Novelist Paul Sheldon (Caan) has made his name and his fortune by chronicling the melodramatic exploits of his Victorian heroine Misery Chastain. But his latest, just-published hardback has killed off his creation and he’s just finished writing his first non-Misery novel. On […]




METROPOLIS

Review By Brian Edwards, 4 out of 5 Metropolis is the first ever big science fiction film, a German film from the 1920s this is the mother of all modern cinematic science fiction, imagery from this film has been borrowed time and time again from sources as diverse as Star Wars (just look at C3PO) […]




MATINEE

Review By Paul Mount, 3.5 out of 5Handy budget-priced release for Joe Dante’s fondly-remembered but oft-forgotten 1993 homage to 1950s B-movie and the age of nuclear paranoia. Goodman plays Lawrence Woolsey, a cheesy director of cheap and cheerful horror films. He brings his circus to town for the premier of his latest film – Mant: […]




ICE AGE

Review By Paul Mount, 4 out of 5 It looks very much as if the writing’s on the wall for the traditional cartoon. Just look at the box office of recent disappointments RETURN TO NEVERLAND, ATLANTIS and TREASURE PLANET. Then look at the big-hitters; the TOY STORY films, A BUG’S LIFE, ANTZ, SHREK and MONSTERS […]




GHOSTWATCH

Review By Paul Mount, 4 out of 5 Halloween 1992. BBC 1 are hosting a brave live television investigation into the supernatural, a studio phone-in hosted by Michael Parkinson (Parky) and Mike Smith (Smithy) with Sarah Greene (er?reeny?) spending the night into a haunted terraced house in Foxhall Drive where some very strange things have […]




DECOYS

Review By Brian Edwards, 2 out of 5 Available to rent from the 16th August 2004 Ok – for a start – this film bills itself as SPECIES meets AMERICAN PIE not a promising start. The plot concerns a Canadian High School having a spate of mysterious deaths where the victims have been found frozen […]




BATMAN RETURNS

Review By Liam O Brien, 4 out of 5 “Ok. . .now I’m a lil’ worriedT As its Christmas, or was as I’m writing it, I’ve decided to trawl over my video collection to find the best possible films based around the season. So far in my quest I’ve managed to turn up the excellent […]




EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS

Review By Paul Mount, 3.5 out of 5 Ellory Elkayem’s affectionate homage to all those classic 1950’s mutated monster B-Movies (the best of which, THEM, is referenced here) is a bright and breezy fun romp which thrills but never chills and is an inoffensive way of wasting 95 minutes. And that’s the problem. EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS’ […]




DOCTOR WHO: THE THREE DOCTORS

Review By Paul Mount, 4 out of 5 As this remarkable 40th Anniversary year of DOCTOR WHO draws to a close, what better way to round off the celebrations than with a trip back in time thirty years, to a more innocent era when DOCTOR WHO rarely acknowledged its own history and when the idea […]




DOCTOR WHO: THE TWO DOCTORS

Review By Paul Mount, 2.5 out of 5 1985. DOCTOR WHO is in trouble. But this time he’s not just bedevilled by Daleks and surrounded by Cybermen. No, he’s up against two terrible enemies which will prove to be the downfall of this most remarkable of television adventurers; viewer apathy and BBC disinterest. As this […]