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Video Vault – Batman

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Almost a decade after audiences were first promised a Batman movie – producer Michael Uslan originally announced one way back in 1980 – the summer of 1989 was effectively the summer of Batmania. From books to clothing, comics to posters, you literally couldn’t turn your head without seeing the iconic Bat-sign popping up somewhere – […]



Video Vault: Alien

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With Ridley Scott’s Prometheus looming on the horizon HeyUGuys are reprinting their 2010 look back at the entire Alien series. One a day until Prometheus finally enters cinemas around the world and we all find out if it’s been worth the wait. Here’s Em Breen to take you all the way back. The time has […]



Video Vault: The Searchers

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There are few more tragic losses in the history of Hollywood film than the disappearance of the western. Once one of the most popular genres in cinema, the myth of the west has been replaced with box-office focused action movies which dedicate more time to explosions than to character development or setting the scene. The […]



Video Vault: High Fidelity

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“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because […]



Video Vault: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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Written by Hannah McCarthy Sitting down to a bit of New Year’s telly, I started to watch one of my mum’s favourite films, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and realised to my surprise that I’d never actually seen it before. I remembered some dancing and brightly coloured shirts, but that was about it. Watching it […]



Christmas Video Vault – The Nativity Story

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Mary, a teenage girl growing up in Rome-occupied Nazareth, is betrothed to Joseph, a modest but kind carpenter. An angel tells her she will bear a child from God and after negotiating the anger and confusion of her family and Joseph at how this could be, she then finds that she, Joseph and the boy […]



Christmas Video Vault – It’s A Wonderful Life

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George Bailey (James Stewart) is a tired, frustrated man. He had wanted to see the world, but the needs of his Savings and Loan company in the small town of Bedford Falls and his determination to keep local banker and miser Mr Potter from controlling all of the town’s lending have kept him from travelling […]



Christmas Video Vault: Jingle All The Way

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Ah, being a child in the nineties: GameBoys, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, early Pixar films, Batman: The Animated Series and Pokemon trading cards. But when it comes to Christmas films, one of my favorites as a youngster was Jingle All the Way, which was not only one of my first Christmas films at the cinema, […]



Christmas Video Vault – How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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Before there was Jack Skellington preceding Christmas with nightmares, Billy Bob Thornton giving Santa Claus a bad name, or rare exports maiming innocent reindeer, it was the Grinch who first turned the tables on the festive season, daring to be indifferent (after Scrooge, of course). The first of Dr. Seuss’ acclaimed children’s stories to be adapted to feature […]



Christmas Video Vault – Gremlins

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‘Tis the season to wreck havoc. Joe Dante’s 1984 tale of that loveable and unique Christmas gift which turns out to be more trouble than he’s worth is now a firm festive favourite, and similar to Die Hard, it has earned a loving place on that list whilst using the holidays ostensibly as a hook […]



Christmas Video Vault: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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As the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington spends his entire year planning for the next Halloween.  As a matter of fact, his entire town of Halloweentown does the same thing.  His latest stint as king has Jack questioning his place in life and after the events of Halloween are over, a somber Jack heads out for […]



Christmas Video Vault – Home Alone 2

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After leaving their son Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) behind the previous Christmas, the McCallister family are determined to make sure that he comes on holiday with them this time. They all make it to the airport, but being in a hurry, they are split up and Kevin follows a different man with a very similar coat […]



Christmas Video Vault – Home Alone

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Due to a mix-up caused by his banishment to the loft and the family oversleeping on the morning of their departure on holiday, Kevin McCallister is left alone at home while the rest of his family jet off to Paris. A pair of burglars, the self-styled “Wet Bandits” are working their way through the neighbourhood […]



Christmas Video Vault – Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

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Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) is a department store Santa with a difference – he’s the real thing. Due to some ill-tempered rivalry between competing stores and some deliberate provocation, he winds up in court on trumped-up assault charges, leading to a consideration by the judge as to whether he really is Father Christmas or not. […]



Christmas Video Vault: Christmas with the Kranks

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Christmas is many things to many people; a time of happiness, a time of reflection, a time to be grateful for what you have. It is a time for a veritable barrage of films which literally cut-and-paste the same plot elements every. single. year. Now, I have absolutely no problem with Christmas, and I like […]



Video Vault: Goodfellas

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For a director as venerable as Martin Scorsese, arguably the greatest living filmmaker, pinpointing one of his cinematic masterpieces as his best will always be essentially impossible. Having covered such a wide range of genres over his career, there will never be a definitive consensus, however his 1990 film GoodFellas presents possibly the most compelling […]



Christmas Video Vault – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Having driven across the US to visit a closed theme park and tussled with continental Europe for Vacation and European Vacation, the Griswold family decide to stay home for Christmas. Clark (Chevy Chase) wants everything to be just so – the tree, the turkey, the lights – but between his uptight neighbours, his eccentric extended […]



Video Vault: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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In 2005, Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer were an unlikely pair to be headlining a film together. Downey Jr. was in the early stages of his comeback from years struggling with drug addiction, and Kilmer’s casting as a camp private eye seemed at odds with his reputation as a difficult and intense presence on […]



Video Vault: Bullitt

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Our Video Vault column is normally devoted to those films that we love and that we’ve seen dozens and dozens of times.  I personally haven’t written one on what is considered to be a classic that I’ve only just watched for the first time recently.  Until now that is. Recently it occurred to me that […]



Halloween Video Vault: Ghostwatch

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Long time readers of the site will have seen this before as I’m reposting my love letter to Stephen Volk’s Ghostwatch on the occasion of Hallowe’en. A year shy of its twentieth anniversary it remains a landmark of paranormal drama and has just been reissued on DVD at a ridiculously low price. Things have changed […]



Video Vault: The ‘Burbs

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Today’s Video Vault has Hayley Stovold showing off the neighbourhood. Although it was first released in 1989, The ‘Burbs is still as exciting and watchable as ever. Over two decades later, the film still confronts current issues, albeit slightly dramatised. A black comedy/thriller, The ‘Burbs is set in a small suburban town, Hinkley Hills, and […]