10th Jul2014

‘Graphic Thrills: American XXX Movie Posters’ Book Review

by Mondo Squallido

Going back a few years, I was looking through my local Waterstones. I was having a browse in the Film and Television section. To my dismay all I could find were those uninspired “100 Films You Need To See Before You Die” books that seem to cover the same 100 (mainly dull) films over and […]

09th Jul2014

‘Expecting’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Radha Mitchell, Michelle Monaghan, John Dore, Michael Weston, Mimi Kennedy, Sarah Aldrich | Written and Directed by Jessie McCormack Radha Mitchell plays Lizzie, a woman who has been trying to conceive a child with her husband for years and has almost given up hope. But, when her best friend Andie (Michelle Monaghan) gets pregnant on a one […]

09th Jul2014

‘Half a King’ Book Review

by Richard Axtell

Written by Joe Abercrombie | Published by Harper Collins | Format: Hardcover, 384pp Prince Yarvi is a boy with a crippled hand. He has dreams of becoming a minister, to be called ‘Brother Yarvi’ and to heal, give advice, to speak truth and know the secret ways. These dreams, however, are shattered when his father and brother […]

08th Jul2014

‘Deliver Us From Evil’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Sean Harris, Mike Houston, Lulu Wilson | Written by Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman | Directed by Scott Derrickson Sometimes it can be easy to dismiss a horror film simply based on the premise. By now we have seen nearly every type or person […]

08th Jul2014

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Death Sentence: Volume 1′

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Monty Nero | Art by Mike Dowling | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Hardcover, 192pp Fantasy comics can take you anywhere they choose to. Many like to keep you in a realm that has a touch of realism while some take you to other planets where anything is possible. Death Sentence: Volume […]

08th Jul2014

‘Deception’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland, Philip Jackson, Dermot Crowley, Liya Kebede | Written and Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore Deception is a thriller about Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), a famous auctioneer and art appraiser who is called to go through an estate of Claire Ibbetson (Sylvia Hoeks). On arriving at the house, […]

07th Jul2014

‘The LEGO Movie’ VOD Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day | Written and Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller The directing and writing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have quickly made a career out of taking concepts that appear ludicrous and crafting clever works full of inventive […]

07th Jul2014

‘Need For Speed’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek, Sir Maejor, Nick Chinlund, Carmela Zumbado | Written by George Gatins | Directed by Scott Waugh I approached Need for Speed with all the enthusiasm you might expect of a recent Breaking Bad convert who, having binged his way through the whole series, is desperate for […]

07th Jul2014

‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ Review

by Phil Wheat

The highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorahip & Videotape documentary, director Jake West and producer Marc Morris continue uncovering the shocking story of home entertainment post the 1984 Video Recordings Act with Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days. A time when Britain plunged into a […]

07th Jul2014

‘Under the Skin’ Blu-ray Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance, Joe Szula, Lynsey Taylor Mackay | Written by Walter Campbell | Directed by Jonathan Glazer When Jonathan Glazer last directed almost ten years ago he polarized audiences with his controversial film Birth. His latest effort will no doubt have a similar effect. Under the Skin is a Kubrikian-esque Science Fiction […]

06th Jul2014

‘Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston, George Coe, Charles Cioffi, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Kilpatrick, Michael Pataki | Written by Christopher Wood | Directed by Guy Hamilton Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris… the eighties action movie megastars, but what about Fred Ward? I’ll admit this is the first time I’ve seen […]

05th Jul2014

‘Blockstorm’ – Hands On Preview (PC)

by Paul Metcalf

Early Access on Steam is something that has really opened up innovation in consumer feedback.  As the games sold using this system are still in development, this means that feedback provided can be used to update the game based on what the gamers hope to get in the final product.  This then in theory leads […]

05th Jul2014

EIFF 2014: ‘Coherence’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Emily Foxler, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Lorene Scafaria, Elizabeth Gracen, Alex Manugian, Lauren Maher, Hugo Armstrong | Written and Directed by James Ward Byrkit Review by Andrew McArthur One of the surprise treats of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival is low-key sci-fi thriller, Coherence: the sort of film where walking in with no […]

05th Jul2014

EIFF 2014: ‘Hyena’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham ,Neil Maskell, Richard Domer, Myanna Burring | Written and Directed by Gerard Johnson Review by Andrew McArthur In the past years the Edinburgh International Film Festival has been opened by some excellent features (William Friedkin’s Killer Joe) and some less exciting fare (Breathe In). Settling somewhere towards the latter of these […]

05th Jul2014

‘The Splintered Gods’ Book Review

by Richard Axtell

Written by Stephen Deas | Published by Orion Books | Format: Paperback, 544pp The Dragon Queen Zafir had been captured by an unknown enemy and is forced to wage a war for them on the back of her Dragon, bringing death and fire to their enemies. Meanwhile, lost in a body that isn’t his own and […]

05th Jul2014

‘A Hard Days Night: 50th Anniversary’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Wilfrid Brambell | Written by Alun Owen | Directed by Richard Lester It’s been fifty years since United Artists wanted a Beatles movie to make money off its soundtrack, but what a decision it was.  A Hard Day’s Night is a film that focused on the life […]

04th Jul2014

‘Gagarin: First in Space’ DVD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Filippov, Olga Ivanova, Vadim Michman, Vladimir Steklov, Viktor Proskurin, Nadezhda Markina, Daniil Vorobyov | Written by Andrey Dmitriev, Oleg Kapanets | Directed by Pavel Parkhomenko Gagarin: First in Space is a biographical film which follows the life of Yuri Gagarin, played by Yaroslav Zhalnin, who was the first person ever to […]

04th Jul2014

EIFF 2014: ‘Honeymoon’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown | Written by Leigh Jeniak, Phil Graziadei | Directed by Leigh Jeniak Review by Andrew McArthur I approached my final horror of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival with some trepidation as it has been a very mixed year for the genre. The Green Inferno was an outstanding update […]

04th Jul2014

The WWE Main Roster Report: Part 5 – The Rest

by Chris Cummings

The WWE main roster is always changing, some wrestlers leave for whatever reason happens to cause their departure, some wrestlers move up the card because management wants to give them a push and some wrestlers move downwards, or stay still, sometimes merely because the creative team has a lack of ideas for their television character. […]

04th Jul2014

EIFF 2014: ‘Scintilla’ Review

by Guest

Stars: John Lynch, Craig Conway, Antonia Thomas, Jumayan Hunter, Morjana Alaoui, Beth Winslet | Written by Steve Clark, Josh Golga, Rob Green, Billy O’Brien, G.P. Taylor | Directed by Billy O’Brien Review by Andrew McArthur British horror is not particularly good at hitting the middle ground – it normally finds itself at either extreme end of […]

04th Jul2014

EIFF 2014: ‘Let Us Prey’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Liam Cunningham ,Pollyanna McIntosh, Sophie Stephanie Farmer, Niall Greig Fulton | Written by David Cairns, Fiona Watson | Directed by Brian O’Malley Review by Andrew McArthur Despite a promising opening and some interesting thematic concepts, Scottish horror Let Us Prey quickly goes off the rails veering into sloppy bog-standard genre territory. Brian O’Malley’s feature […]

04th Jul2014

‘The Anomaly’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Noel Clarke, Ian Somerhalder, Luke Hemsworth, Brian Cox, Alexis Knapp, Niall Greig Fulton, Michael Bisping, Ali Cook, Art Parkinson, Reuben Dabrow, Victoria Broom | Written by Simon Lewis | Directed by Noel Clarke Review by Andrew McArthur Noel Clarke‘s third directorial feature sees him in front of the cameras once again in science-fiction action piece, The […]

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