Retro Ramblings

Reports from the dusty corners of filmland

Archive for January, 2010

Psychoville and Hitchcock event in April!

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Good news for Psychoville fans. On Friday April 23rd Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton will be presenting a screening of Rope at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, accompanied by the episode of Psychoville which was an homage to the Hitchcock classic.
I’m not affiliated with this event in any way, I’m just a big fan!
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Mickey Rooney: Exclusive interview!

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Another article from my archive. I did this interview over two years ago for Cinema Retro, but it didn’t go well, and they have decided not to use it. It’a a shame for it to go to waste, so here it is! Enjoy, and share my pain.
I found Mickey Rooney at the Congress Theatre in […]

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The Art of the Nasty: Archive article

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I wrote an article for an American cult film magazine last summer about this festival, which they have ultimately decided not to use. Possibly because of my overuse of exclamtion marks. Waste not want not. I present it here for your amusement.

On July 11th here in London I attended a rather odd little festival entitled […]

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Long lost Hammer Films on DVD!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Six Hammers films are being put out on DVD in April by Sony in a very exciting (and hopefully reasonably priced) boxset. None of these films have been on available on R1 DVD before, and most aren’t available at all. They include Never Take Candy from a Stranger (the UK release title was Never Take […]

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Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007)

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Before I started reading about the first Hellboy movie on AICN I’d never even heard of him. I was intrigued at the time though and ordered a copy of the DVD from Japan, so I had it a good six weeks before its theatrical release in the UK. And it was awesome. I was hooked, […]

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Planet 51 (2009)

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Another CGI animated film about space exploration that came out just before Christmas. It didn’t really stand a chance up against Avatar. It will at least get a slightly more coherent review from me than that did.
As you can see from the above picture, the design of Planet 51 is very nice. Although a little […]

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Working Girl (1988)

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

The hair in this film is unbelievable. That is some seriously hilarious hair. I felt like I was watching a spoof of Eighties movies, rather than one actually shot in that decade. Was this really the fashion then? I was twelve in 1988, but I really don’t remember it being this bad. Perhaps these Manhattan […]

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Freaks (1932)

Friday, January 15th, 2010

We are so fortunate in this modern era that you can see almost any film you want to, whenever you want. You can buy the DVD, Sky + or even download it (legally or otherwise). Up until the late 1970s you could only catch movies either on a theatrical release or re-release, or hope to […]

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Bloody Mama (1970)

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

I love Shelley Winters. I think I first saw her in The Poseidon Adventure. I will forever think of her as having the lungs of a sperm whale. In her younger, slightly slimmer years she also impressed as the jealous mother in Kubrick’s Lolita. She was so good at portraying larger-than-life, hysterical women that it’s […]

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Was this really the first feature-length stop motion film? I find that hard to believe. Even if it isn’t, it’s still a very impressive piece of work. Of course, it’s not just the beautifully designed, and disturbing, sets and characters that make this such a great movie. It’s also got an incredible score, and it […]

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