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2001: a Space Odyssey - Film of the Week

2001: a Space Odyssey - Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 28th November / comments

Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 tale of man, monkeys and rogue machinery returns to UK cinemas this weekend as part of the BFI’s major sci-fi season. It continues to light up the screen and point the way forward, writes Mike McCahill.

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Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale

28th November

To celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Shopping Season we're offering you 10% off all of our DVDs and Blu-rays for 24 hours only. Running from midnight on Thursday 27th November through to midnight on Friday 28th November you can redeem 10% off yo...

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DVD Review – The History Man: Radicalism and Ridicule

DVD Review – The History Man: Radicalism and Ridicule

Mark Reynolds on 28th November

This landmark comedy drama, adapted by Christopher Hampton from the caustic Malcolm Bradbury novel, throws critical light on the period of its production as well as the period it portrays.

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Paddington: a bear essential

Paddington: a bear essential

Mike McCahill on 27th November / comments

Michael Bond’s beloved Peruvian ursine finally arrives on the big screen as the star of a new family movie, supported by a cast of British comedy faces. This heartening adventure proves no mere cash-in, cheers Mike McCahill.

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French Film Sale

French Film Sale

27th November

Zut Alors! Have we got a French Film Sale special for you today? With over 60 titles on DVD and Blu-ray exploring the marvels of French Cinema we're putting the Ooh in your La La. Featuring the Alain Robbe-Grillet: Six Films 1963-1974 (Box Set) for £3...

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Concerning Violence: sticking it to The Man

Concerning Violence: sticking it to The Man

Mike McCahill on 27th November / comments

This archive-led documentary uses footage compiled by Swedish news crews working in Africa to illustrate aspects of Frantz Fanon’s insurrectionary treatise The Wretched of the Earth. The footage is stronger than the argument, writes Mike McCahill.

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DVD Review  Nice Work: Love and Misunderstanding

DVD Review Nice Work: Love and Misunderstanding

Mark Reynolds on 27th November

David Lodge adapts his own Booker-shortlisted novel for the screen in this delightful fish-out-of-water comedy about unintended alliances in 1980s Britain.

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Cheaper than Amazon November 2014

Cheaper than Amazon November 2014

26th November

We've had a good root around our catalogue of titles to identify which DVDs and Blu-rays we can offer to you at a special MovieMail discount that betters the prices on Amazon. We have managed to come up with over 170 items for you. Highlights are too m...

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Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye

David Parkinson on 26th November / comments

As The Best of The Danny Kaye Show comes to disc, Crash Course wonders why so few of this versatile entertainer's films are available in this country.

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I Am Ali: far from the greatest

I Am Ali: far from the greatest

Mike McCahill on 26th November / comments

This documentary account of the life and times of Muhammed Ali downplays the fights to focus on the reminiscences of those who knew the boxer away from the ring. Director Clare Lewins pulls far too many punches, argues Mike McCahill.

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Stations of the Cross: an exercise in faith

Stations of the Cross: an exercise in faith

Mike McCahill on 26th November / comments

This German drama, a prize-winner at this year’s Berlin festival, charts a latter-day teenager’s passage through the ranks of an extreme form of Catholicism. Don’t let its formal rigour put you off, writes Mike McCahill.

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Top 10 Films about Ageing

Top 10 Films about Ageing

25th November

Maggie Smith’s pointed performance in My Old Lady, out now in cinemas, and news reports about a dressed-down Dame Maggie on the set of Nicholas Hytner’s and Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, spark thoughts about other film portrayals of people in the...

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Danny Kaye

David Parkinson on 26th November / comments

As The Best of The Danny Kaye Show comes to disc, Crash Course wonders why so few of this versatile entertainer's films are available in this country.

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Mike Nichols

David Parkinson on 23rd November / comments

As the American stage and screen mourns the passing of Mike Nichols, Crash Course pays its own tribute to a director who revitalised Hollywood after the slow demise of the studio system.

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Stanley Kubrick

David Parkinson on 21st November / comments

As the BFI reissues 2001: A Space Odyssey as part of its Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder season, Crash Course looks back on the career of the peerless Stanley Kubrick.

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1990 - 2005: Terra Incognita - From Space Precinct to Doctor Who

Frank Collins on 21st November / comments

Frank Collins continues his survey of British science fiction television to mark the BFI’s major celebration of the genre.

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Red Refugees

James Oliver on 17th November / comments

During the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s, many of those blacklisted in Hollywood crossed the Atlantic to ply their trade in Britain. James Oliver looks at some of the films they made and ponders how t...

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Hayao Miyazaki

David Parkinson on 11th November / comments

As Hayao Miyazaki brings down the curtain on his illustrious career with The Wind Rises, Crash Course offers a valedictory salute to one of the masters of Japanimation.

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