James Dennis
London

London 2011: THE KID WITH A BIKE (LE GAMIN AU VÉLO) Review

The Dardenne brothers might just be the most reliable film-makers working today. With a unique brand of realist cinema they've made a succession of critically lauded dramas concerned with Belgium's grimmer locales and inhabitants. Often involving low level criminality,... More »
  

London 2011: EARLY ONE MORNING (DE BON MATIN) Review

Early One Morning (De bon matin) opens with middle-aged banker Paul Wertret (Jean-Pierre Daroussin) entering his office as normal before shooting two of his fellow workers dead without hesitation. Through a series of flashbacks as Paul sits at his desk,... More »
  

THE LONDON LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL is coming!

The Tricycle Cinema in Kilburn is one of a handful of great independent cinemas left in London. This October it's playing host to The London Lift-Off Film Festival, a showcase of short films from around the world judged solely by... More »
  

Hey UK! Win a 13 ASSASSINS Sword and Blu-ray!

Enjoy Miike's samurai epic and want to relive the mayhem in high-def glory? Fancy the chance to win a pretty damn cool piece of merchandise? Read on... 13 Assassins sees director Takashi Miike, the man behind such uncompromising and unforgettable... More »
  

JULIA'S EYES Blu-ray Review

For those of you who've ever suffered from poor eyesight, either long or short term, I'll bet that losing your sight altogether has at least fleetingly crossed your mind. And if it has, then Julia's Eyes is absolutely terrifying. It's... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011: A LONELY PLACE TO DIE

A Lonely Place To Die opens with that obligatory staple of the mountain climbing flick - what I call the 'Cliffhanger moment'. Beautiful landscape, exhilarating climb, assorted friends with different abilities (and agendas). Then, before you can say 'woah', gravity... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011: SAINT (SINT) Review

Santa Claus imagined as a slasher icon. Not someone dressed up as Santa Claus, but Saint Nicholas himself, wielding an ornate but sharp staff with which to lop off many a head. That's the premise of Dutch director Dick Maas'... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011: KILL LIST Review

I'm torn by Kill List. Ben Wheatley's second feature, following the much-lauded Down Terrace, is equal parts impressive and frustrating. With a divisive piece of narrative elusiveness, the third act will either leave you intrigued or irritated depending on how... More »
  

UK Quad Poster For Refn's DRIVE

 Pretty self-explanatory this one... Todd ran the UK trailer for Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive a few days ago, so here's the UK quad poster to match. I love the neon colours in the artwork, and this carries the pink lettering... More »
  

[UPDATE] Hey UK! Win A Limited Edition HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN T-Shirt!!

[UPDATE - WINNERS!]Congratulations to Dave Melia, David Waddington and Adam Gilbert, our 3 lucky winners!I know what you've been thinking... wouldn't it be great to have a Hobo With A Shotgun T-shirt? And wouldn't it be great to have 1... More »
  

THE FUNHOUSE Blu-ray Review

Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse has an ingenious opening that manages to pay homage to Halloween and Psycho in a deft swoop that's both knowing and terrifying in its own right. It's entirely fitting that the sequence plays with generic expectations... More »
  

An Interview With Rutger Hauer As HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN Hits UK Screens

Live in the UK? Frustrated at hearing about how unfeasibly awesome Jason Eisener's Hobo With A Shotgun is, yet unable to see it for yourself? Well, frustrate no more because the Hobo is coming to UK cinemas this Friday 15th... More »
  

SLAUGHTER HIGH DVD Review

Sadly I was too young to experience the golden era of slasher movies first hand in the late 70s and early 80s. Rather, my affection for the genre was bred out of ropey panned and scanned, often heavily cut,... More »
  

Shameless To Release First Ever Blu-ray Of FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET!

Some very exciting news for Argento fans (and I know there are a few round here). Shameless Screen Entertainment are to release Four Flies On Grey Velvet, the third film in the director's 'animal trilogy', via DVD and Blu-ray on... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011 Line-Up!

As the August bank holiday nears, Film4 Frighfest 2011 has announced its full line-up, and it's shaping up to be a very good weekend indeed. In case you missed the film-by-film Twitter announcements on Friday, here's the official press release... More »
  

DRIVE Gets UK Theatrical Release Date!

Hopefully by now Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive is on your radar. If it's not, it damn well should be. Refn's minimalist, 70's inspired thriller has picked up some considerable momentum since winning the best director award at Cannes. "Filmed in... More »
  

THE PACK DVD Review

Franco-Belgian co-production The Pack nestles into the recent wave of extreme French horror alongside the likes of Haute Tension (Switchblade Romance/High Tension) and Martyrs somewhat uneasily. A superb cast featuring the Dardenne Brothers' Rosetta (Emilie Dequenne) and the wonderful... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011 Poster Arrives!

With the full Film4 Frightfest 2011 line-up coming on 1st July, what better way to get your imagination running wild than with the official poster artwork. And a fine piece of work it is to, from graphic designer and long-term... More »
  

FRIGHTFEST 2011 Opening and Closing Films Announced!

The countdown's begun to Film4 Frightfest's return to the Empire Leicester Square this August bank holiday, with the opening and closing films just announced. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the UK premiere of creature feature Don't Be Afraid Of... More »
  

Hey UK! HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN / GRINDHOUSE Double Bill and more!

The venerable Prince Charles Cinema in London is hosting a particularly juicy double bill on 14th July, screening Grindhouse and Jason Eisener's Hobo With A Shotgun back to back. More of a triple bill, I can't think of a better... More »
  
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