Retro Ramblings

Reports from the dusty corners of filmland

Archive for June, 2010

Book review - BFI Film Classics Series

Monday, June 28th, 2010

BFI Film Classics series
Palgrave Macmillan 
We have a lot to thank the British Film Institute for. They serve tirelessly to preserve movies and promote film and film education throughout the UK and abroad. From the slightly dusty archives at Stephen Street through to the ultra-modern 20 metre high IMAX cinema boasting “the most sophisticated motion-picture projection […]

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The Art of Bollywood

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Duncan, Paul (Editor)
Devraj, Rajesh
Taschen, Hardcover, 23.1 x 28.9 cm (9.1 x 11.4 in.), 192 pages

As movie fans, we often celebrate the great artwork on display in film posters from the golden age of cinema, a skill which seems to have been lost in recent years. The ephemeral nature of movie posters means that often once […]

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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Much to my mum’s disappointment, this is not a review of The Asylum’s Sherlock Holmes, which has recently appeared on shelves next to this more well known effort. Parts of that were shot outside her house, proving that The Asylum do occasionally break away from the LA trappings of their other movies. This film however […]

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Alias Season 3 (2003-2004)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I know I’m a little behind the rest of the world in watching Alias, but the benefit of that is that the boxsets are now pretty cheap. I finished Season 2 a while back and I’ve flown through this one, thanks to having a very long commute to work every day. In comparison, Season 3 […]

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The Entity (1981)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

As a child I used to spend a lot of time in my local video rental store. back in the 1980s they didn’t really care about such things as age ratings, and I would often borrow movies clearly unsuitable for a ten-year old. I mused on this at some length during my Braindead review. One […]

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Cinema Retro Issue 17 out now!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Just a quick plug for the latest edition of Cinema Retro. My interview with Hammer and Carry On star Valerie Leon got on the front page, and takes up about 8 pages inside! It’s her most indepth interview to date and features loads of fabulous pictures. You can order the mag from the Cinema Retro […]

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