"Headmaster suspended for using big-faced boy as satellite dish!" This and other stories were the sensationalist headlines that blared out of The Day Today, a news show hosted by Christopher Morris, previously sacked by the BBC for putting makeup on the faces of accident victims and filling the newsrooms with helium gas. Sport, politics, philosophy, a fistfight with the Queen and WAR! The greatest comedy show ever...
Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Gary Oldman's hugely impressive directorial debut Nil By Mouth. A moving and powerful film presented on a technically good but barebones DVD.
Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Lost in Translation, Sophia Coppola's hugely successful mood-piece, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as two characters, lost in the anonymity of a Tokyo Hotel, who find a common bond.
Join Louis the magician as he teams up with a rag-tag team of female adventurers in the hilarious fantasy series, Rune Soldier.
"By the power of Eternia"!..."I mean Greyskull". He-Man!
Making the headlines with its controversial sex scenes between an older woman (Anne Reid) and a younger man (Daniel Craig), The Mother is actually a sensitive look a difficult and taboo subject, which gets a fine DVD release in May. Noel Megahey is quite impressed.
Mike Sutton has reviewed the region 2 release from Momentum of Raising Victor Vargas, a funny and touching film which is exactly the opposite of most brainless teenage comedies.
Dave Foster has taken a look at the first volume of FF:U, an anime based on the popular videogame series from Square Enix brought to you from director Maeda Mahiro who also worked on The Animatrix. Released by ADV Films this is the first of seven volumes...
Mike Sutton has reviewed the excellent new Anchor Bay 2-disc special edition of the acclaimed documentary Trembling Before G-D, a unique, powerful and moving film about the lives of gay and lesbian Jews.
20 years ago, Carl Macek and his team working for Harmony Gold adapted the now legendary Macross saga anime for a US audience. Reworking the script and editing, along with voice overs they produced "Robotech" - an epic series, spanning three generations.
Despite producing some wonderful artwork, Don Bluth has never had the success of his one-time employer, Disney. Sadly, not even a low-priced, two-disc set makes these two films any more appealing...
The third - and most underrated - film by Quentin Tarantino, Jackie Brown was released in 1997 to lukewarm acclaim when compared to the ecstatic reception his first two films received. Based on the novel Rum Punch by crime writer Elmore Leonard, the film has finally been presented on a worthy package: a Region 2 collector's edition. Rik Booth has reviewed the package inside.
Bex has reviewed the region 1 release of Initial D (Volume 1: Akina's Downhill Specialist) by TOKYOPOP. More or less the animé precursor to the current fad of live-action street racing films (The Fast and the Furious, etc.), this show combines CGI and hand-drawn animation with mixed results.
Mauritanian born Abderrahmane Sissako's second feature examines the themes of exile and cultural identity in a small African sea-port town. Artificial Eye release a fine DVD transfer of this moody, atmospheric and poetic piece.
Released 3rd May 2004, Daniel Stephens reviews the region 2 DVD of the Farrelly's latest effort, Stuck On You.
Cowabunga, dudes! Kev reviews the totally radical and bodacious movie that follows four pizza eating turtles and a giant rat taking on a metal faced baddie. Narly!
Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Where the Boys Are, a dated but still entertaining comedy made in 1960. It's released as a back-catalogue disc from Warners, with good picture and sound and some rather slight extras.
Released as part of Universal's massive Laurel & Hardy Collection, this DVD collection gathers the duo's dual role films, seeing them play their own twins, sons and sisters, and causing double the trouble.
Noel Megahey, former Deputy Grand Vizier, Sons of the Desert Laughing Gravy Tent (#201) reviews Volume 4 of Universal’s forthcoming Laurel & Hardy Collection – Ollie and Matrimony.
Originally released in the cinemas shortly after Keith Moon's death and now making it onto DVD in the wake of John Entwhistle's passing away, this is a terrific account of The Who during their best years with only one glaring omission...
Bex has reviewed the upcoming R2/R4 release of the US teen series Roswell; a show which successfully mixes aliens and conspiracy theories with high school angst and romance.
At first I thought this was a Home Office documentary on the kind of prisons planned under David Blunkett's latest legislature but the absence of pregnant women chained to the beds made me think again...
Released on April 26th 2004, Andy Hall has taken an advanced look at the region release of S.W.A.T. Yet another in a very long line of TV series converted into movies, how does this one fare as a big summer action flick?
Being a more successful telling of the story of Peter Pan than Spielberg's awful Hook, this remains true to JM Barrie's original stageplay whilst bringing some black humour into Captain Hook's many misfortunes...