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Another fun, obscure film has been put out by Odeon Entertainment. Click the picture for my review over at Cinema Retro.

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The Black Panther (1977)

Friday, September 28th, 2012

I’ve always felt a personal connection to this story, as I was given a newspaper from the day before I was born when I was around ten years old. It was all about Dennis Neilson, and as I grew up in Wolverhampton, I was close to where it all happened. My dad went to the […]

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I was invited to be a guest on The B Movie Cast, a popular weekly film podcast hosted from South Carolina by Vince Rotolo. We talked about Norman J. Warren’s first movie, Her Private Hell. I’ve made a couple of appearances on the show in the last twelve months, and it’s always fun. Click on […]

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Her Private Hell available on blu ray!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Cult horror film director Norman J. Warren’s first feature film Her Private Hell is being released by the BFI as part of their Flipside range and is available to pre-order at Amazon and elsewhere. I wrote some of the booklet notes for this release, so am obviously rather keen to promote it! It’s a great slice […]

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What is there to say about this film that hasn’t been said? It’s both hilarious and scary. It’s probably the kind of film you would watch if you wanted to become an actor. Bette Davis is so completely incredible as Baby Jane that it is impossible to imagine that she was ever the painfully shy […]

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BFI Flipside release: Private Road (1971)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

BFI Flipside Range Dual Format blu ray and DVD
Released January 17th 2011
The BFI Flipside range have brought some interesting and occasionally downright bizarre lost British films to a wider public audience since it’s inception in 2009. Private Road is a followup, and in some sense a spiritual sequel, to a previous Flipside relase, Bronco Bullfrog. […]

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The Lost Patrol (1934)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

It is impossible for me to separate John Ford from the western genre. His name has become shorthand for the western. When I visited South Utah for the first time many years ago one of the first thoughts I had was that it was like being in a John Ford film. Although he had been […]

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Magic (1978) #FridayHorror

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

When I saw the trailer for The Rite (2011), I let out a deep sigh. It was a sigh of sorrow, mournful for a time when Anthony Hopkins was a serious, exciting and unpredicatable actor with charisma and presence. Just when exactly did the change occur? When did Hopkins stop taking the challenging roles in […]

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Anneke Wills on set 
This interview with Anneke Wills has been printed in Issue #22 of Cinema Retro, dated January 2012. I’ve taken it down from this blog. Please pick up a copy of the magazine if you want to read it!

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The Black Dahlia (2006)

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I didn’t realise that in the 1940’s everything was so brown. This is a very brown film. Brian De Palma clearly loves digital grading.
I remember when this film came out. I was pleased to see De Palma managing to do some sort of mainstream film after almost a decade in the wilderness. I was also […]

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