From master-of-horror Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) comes this supernatural, offbeat thriller starring beloved British actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings) and the talented Juno Temple (Magic Magic, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused for the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens, hungover, to find horns growing out of his head; they have the ability to drive people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses. Ig decides to use this effective tool to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend's death and to seek revenge by finding the true murderer.
Daniel and Juno lead an all-star cast with strong support from David Morse (The Green Mile, The Hurt Locker) and Heather Graham (The Hangover I&II, Boogie Nights). Released into UK cinemas on Wednesday, 29 October, 2014. Click above for the UK trailer.
The death of classic Hollywood leading lady Lauren Bacall was announced today. A New Yorker by birth, she began her career modelling when she was snapped up by the movies to star alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not, an event which changed both her professional and private lives. She and Bogart fell in love and were married, going on to star in further vehicles which were hits with a public captivated by their romance: The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. From a renowned beauty in her early career, she matured into a waspish character actress in films such as Young Man with a Horn, musical How to Marry a Millionaire, The Cobweb, Douglas Sirk favourite Written on the Wind, rip-roaring adventure North West Frontier, detective yarn Harper, Murder on the Orient Express, John Wayne's final bow The Shootist, HealtH and The Fan (both with James Garner), Stephen King horror Misery, Pret-a-Porter, Lars von Trier's Dogville and Manderlay, Birth and The Walker. Always popular for her frank anecdotes about old Hollywood, she was working right to the end, one of the last of the Golden Age stars.
[13 Aug 2014 at 08:56]
The music will be good
October 2014 sees the much-anticipated theatrical and home entertainment release of Northern Soul; a vibrant and authentic portrayal of adolescent escapism and self-discovery, set against the high-octane Northern Soul scene of mid-seventies Lancashire.
The debut feature film from award-winning photographer, Elaine Constantine features performances from Steve Coogan (Philomena, The Trip), John Thomson (The Fast Show, Waterloo Road), Ricky Tomlinson (Mike Bassett: England Manager, Clocking Off) and Lisa Stansfield (The Edge of Love), and tells the tale of the DJ-led movement that developed in bleak industrial North West England, sparked by the discovery of black American soul music.
With an uncompromising script, original soundtrack and fierce attention to detail, Northern Soul faithfully recreates the vibrant all-nighter scene of the 70's throughout the glory years, and tells an uplifting and honest coming of age story as two best friends confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse, testing their friendship to the limit.
In cinemas: Friday 17th October, 2014. Out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD: 20th October, 2014.
[12 Aug 2014 at 22:57]
Killers on Blu-ray and DVD
From the men who brought you The Raid
Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.
Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.
Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.
KILLERS takes the style and quality production of The Raid and creates a psychological thriller head and shoulders above any film of its genre. With characters and events that leave a lasting effect long after the credits, this is a film for all fans of quality cinema. On DVD and Blu-ray 1st September.
The death of Menahem Golan, best known for his work in the eighties at the head of Cannon Films with his cousin Yoram Globus, was announced today. Although he had been in the movie business since the sixties, even working with Roger Corman, it was in the eighties that he really made his name as he endeavoured to create a studio to rival the big boys of Hollywood. He nearly achieved his goal with a succession of mostly dunderheaded action movies starring the big genre stars of the day, from Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson to Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme among others, which instantly endeared them to those who wanted unpretentious timewasters filled with bullets, explosions and fistfights.
Cannon managed a few prestige projects too, working with John Cassavetes and Robert Altman, but it was output like sequels to Death Wish, Norris's Missing in Action series, Invasion USA and The Delta Force, the Breakin' movies, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II and Lifeforce, the Ninja series, Bo Derek's Bolero, unforgettable musical The Apple, franchise killer Superman IV, Lemon Popsicle films, 52 Pick Up, Tough Guys Don't Dance, Stallone's Cobra and Over the Top and far too many others to mention that flooded the multiplexes and video stores. Alas, Cannon were bankrupt by the dawn of the nineties and though Golan kept working until recently, directing as well as producing, he was never as high profile. A real character, he may have stepped on many toes, but a lot of cult film fans will mourn his passing.
[9 Aug 2014 at 23:21]
Heli on Blu-ray and DVD
FROM Cannes award-winning director Amat Escalante comes controversial drama Heli (18), the story of an older brother who struggles to protect his family from Mexico’s drugs and violence culture. Heli will be available to own from 25 August 2014 on DVD RRP £12.99, and Blu-ray RRP £14.99, and available through iTunes and Curzon Home Cinema, courtesy of Network Releasing.
In his third film exploring modern Mexican society, Amat Escalante looks unflinchingly at the country’s escalating drug wars and their devastating impact on one fictional family. Heli is uncompromising and graphic in its depiction of the sadistic violence, corruption and climate of fear in which the region’s people must go about their daily lives. Stark, shocking and beautifully photographed, this powerfully affecting film has received worldwide critical acclaim.
Amat Escalante won ‘Best Director’ at Cannes Film Festival 2013 for Heli. Other accolades include ‘Jury Prize For Best Film’ at Lima Film Festival, the Arri Award for ‘Best Foreign Film’ at Munich Film Fest, and the Louve d'or for ‘Best Feature Film’ in the International Competition at Festival du Nouveau Cinema.
AMERICAN screen siren Hillary Brooke (The Woman in Green) is a consummate femme fatale in this British noir thriller of 1954 – an early feature by Emmy-winning writer-director Ken Hughes, and one of a series of now highly regarded B-movies jointly financed by Hammer Films and American producer Robert L. Lippert. The House Across the Lake (U) is released on DVD by Network Distributing on 18 August 2014, RRP £9.99. The trailer is at the link above.
The bungalow which author Mark Kenrick has rented to toil over his new novel is quiet but for the sounds coming from a lively party across the lake at the exclusive home of Beverley Forrest and his young ex-model wife, Carol. When she calls Mark to ask if he would collect some stranded guests, he obliges but is shocked to find that Carol is both calculating and manipulative. He is about to find out just how far she is prepared to go in order to get what she wants!
Also out the same week as part of The British Film Collection: comedy Part Time Wife, musical Saturday Night Revue, musical comedy The Love Race and courtroom drama The Great Defender.
A young couple lead a modest provincial existence with their small daughter. The husband is a policeman, a common middle- class civil servant. The wife stays at home and cares for their little girl, an alert and curious child, always looking up inquisitively at her mother. This beautiful, seemingly ordinary family live a frugal life of simple joys. It is also a life of increasing violence measured by the dark bruises of the police officer’s wife.
UK release date | 22 August 2014. Download the trailer at the link above.