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First Love (2019, Japan / UK) Review

First Love (2019, Japan) Review

About to enter his fourth decade of filmmaking and with over 100 movies to his name, Takashi Miike is one of the most prolific filmmakers working today. With such a huge output (averaging four films per year) his work can vary in genre and in quality. Some of Miike’s crime features can be humorless and gory, but his latest feature First Love, sees him at his most anarchically playful, his trademark ultra-violence is present, but here it is tempered by black comedy and a touch of romance. First Love is the kind of film that is a treat for genre fans who are familiar with Asian gangster tropes.

“Why boxing? It’s all I can do.”

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Indicator May 2020 Blu-ray Titles

Indicator May 2020 Blu-ray Titles

On 18 May, Indicator shines a spotlight on four uncompromising, under-the-radar gems of American cinema from the sixties, seventies and eighties. First, Joseph L Anderson’s exquisite feature-film debut Spring Night, Summer Night (1967). Next, Indicator present two counter-cultural offerings: Melvin Van Peebles’ Watermelon Man (1970) and; Bill L Norton’s Cisco Pike (1972). Concluding the round-up of May’s new releases, Indicator present the UK Blu-ray premiere of Paul Mazursky’s Moscow on the Hudson (1984).

“Curiously different.”

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GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR, RUNAWAY, SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE & THE LORDS OF FLATBRUSH Available March 2020 from 101 Films

GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR, RUNAWAY, SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE & THE LORDS OF FLATBRUSH Available March 2020 from 101 Films

March is a busy month for releases at 101 Films, with a Blu-ray release for a recent horror that was a big hit on the 2019 festival circuit, blu-ray debuts for a pair of under-seen early ’80s sci-fi movies with strong pedigree, and the early ’70s coming-of-age drama that gave Sylvester Stallone his break.

“Home is where Hell is.”

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The Films That Made Me: Wings of Desire (1987, West Germany / France)

The Films That Made Me: Wings of Desire (1987, West Germany / France)

In our rush to analyse, dissect and debate, we often forget that one of the functions of art, in this case cinematic art, is simply to give pleasure. Pleasure is subjective – what might give you pleasure might not appeal to someone else. It’s futile to disagree on this point unless of course, we can all exchange opinions in ways that might be mutually enlightening. Some of the most fascinating conversations I’ve had with cinephiles is when they enthuse about the films that made them fall in love with the medium. It is that which has prompted me to discuss some of the ‘films that made me’

“There are angels on the streets of Berlin.”

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Indicator March 2020 Blu-ray Titles

Indicator March 2020 Blu-ray Titles

This March, Indicator presents spies, pirates, swashbuckling adventure, and a revenge-driven magician, courtesy of Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit, the fifth in its limited-edition, box-set series devoted to British cinema’s most iconic film production company, and the sensational thrills of Vincent Price in 3D – John Brahm’sThe Mad Magician presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK!

“Astounding! Astonishing! Amaazing! So different you’ll hardly believe your eyes!”

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SAMURAI MARATHON on Digital HD (20 January) & FIRST LOVE in UK Cinemas + Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD (14th February) from Signature Entertainment

SAMURAI MARATHON on Digital HD (20 January) & FIRST LOVE in UK Cinemas + Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD (14th February) from Signature Entertainment

Inspired by a real-life race that is still held annually in Japan, Samurai Marathon is an epic sword slasher from director Bernard Rose and the team behind 13 Assassins and The Last Emperor.

Visionary director Takashi Miike also returns to the big screen with the wildly entertaining Tarantino-esque crime thriller First Love.

“For 260 years, Japan cut itself off from the world.”

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Indicator January 2020 Blu-ray Titles

On 27 January, Indicator begins the new year with two offbeat classics of American 60s and 70s cinema and a pair of uncompromising British dramas from the 80s and 90s.

Curtis Harrington’s acclaimed Night Tide (1961); William Richert’s brilliantly off-kilter Winter Kills (1979); Paul Greengrass’ unflinching Resurrected (1989); and last but far from least, Peter Mullan’s jet-black comedy, Orphans (1998).

“Sensual ecstasy becomes supernatural terror!”

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Join Plaza Community Cinema for a Special UK Screening of DIRTY DANCING Tonight (28th September) in Liverpool!

Join Plaza Community Cinema for a Special UK Screening of DIRTY DANCING Tonight (28th September) in Liverpool!

Iconic. Timeless. Dirty Dancing is back on the big screen tonight at Liverpool’s Plaza Community Cinema!

Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer—and unexpectedly falling in love.

Have the time of your life and re-live Johnny Castle’s and Baby’s holiday romance.

“First dance. First love. The time of your life.”

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Troma Tuesdays: Sex Comedy STUCK ON YOU! Screening September 17th at Film Noir Cinema, NYC and The Grand Gerrard, Toronto!

Troma Tuesdays: Sex Comedy STUCK ON YOU! Screening September 17th at Film Noir Cinema, NYC and The Grand Gerrard, Toronto!

Troma Entertainment presents a ‘Sexy September’ screening of 1982’s madcap, through the ages sex comedy Stuck on You! on September 17th at Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn, NYC and The Grand Gerrard in Toronto, Canada at 9:00PM!

“It’s boys, it’s girls, it’s crazy… It’s a stuck’n good time!”

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Indicator November 2019 Blu-ray Titles

Indicator November 2019 Blu-ray Titles

This November, Indicator returns to Hammer’s vaults to compile the much-anticipated fourth volume in their limited edition box set series devoted to the iconic British film production company, Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear, and seeks out an often-overlooked entry in late-60s British cinema, Joseph Losey’s dark melodrama Secret Ceremony (1968), starring Hollywood superstars Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow and Robert Mitchum.

“They are the lurking unseen evil you dare not face alone!”

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Super7 BREAKIN’ ReAction Figures

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Super7 BREAKIN' ReAction Figures

Break it to make it! The dance explosion of the 80s jumps off the screen with the new Super7 x Breakin’ 3.75″ ReAction Figures of Ozone, Special K, and Turbo; with broom accessory!

“With a little help you’ll be poppin’ and lockin’ and breakin’ in no time.”

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Mohawk (2017, USA) Review

Mohawk (2017)

Back in 2015, Ted Geoghegan released his directorial debut We Are Still Here and took a lot of people by surprise, including myself. A well-crafted horror that didn’t follow the same old cliches that a lot of horrors do today. His follow up, Mohawk, is kind of following the same route. Not so much a horror this time, but a film that depicts plenty of horrors and a complete diversion from his previous movie. The tale follows the events of 1812 where war is boiling over between the Americans and the British. Sandwiched in between is the Mohawk tribe who reluctantly refuse to take sides or fight.

“They’re gonna kill us all if we don’t fight.”

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