The War of the Worlds (Oxford World's Classics)

CoverNo one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water... [click here...]



Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

CoverHands up confession; I’m a HUGE Besson fangirl I cannot get enough of his aesthetic and on that score Valerian delivered in spades. It is as visually dazzling as you would expect and mostly holds its own against the inevitable The Fifth Element comparisons. The world building is impressive and, aside from one clunky and pointless segment upon the initial arrival at Alpha (the “city of a thousand planets” of the title), there is very little in the way of exposition... [click here...]


Dino Case - Toy review

CoverROAR! Never fear, this T-Rex isn't here to eat you for lunch, it's here to bring you your munch! Introducing the Dinosaur Lunch Box... Protect your packed lunch with this fearsome dinosaur, for a pre-historic lover - this is historic inspired lunch box even comes with a little extra crunch! Simply open its jaws and risk your own hand to dive in for a helping of food - from apples and oranges, to sandwiches and a drink, these giant jaws will contain any snack you pack... [click here...]


Vampira (1974) (2017 Reissue) - Blu-ray review

CoverCount Dracula arranges public visits to his castle in Transylvania, but it’s not because he’s a nice guy. He is searching for a particular blood type which will revive his wife who has slept for fifty years. When a group of attractive young models and their agent arrive for a publicity trip, a sample of their blood is taken overnight. However, Dracula’s manservant accidentally mixes up the blood so that, although his vampire wife is brought back to undeath, the influence of one of the models has turned Vampira black (eh?). She is beautiful and loves her new form, but when she begins to forget her heritage and adopt 1970s jive talk, Dracula takes his wife and manservant to London in order to track down the relevant model with the appropriate blood. He hypnotises the agent to seduce each of the models and obtain new blood samples, but events don’t exactly go to plan... [click here...]


Tom Debenham (effects) - Life - Interview

CoverWith a background in Fine Art and photography, Tom Debenham has worked as a DoP and visual effects supervisor for over 15 years, and for much of that time has been shooting plate units and elements alongside main unit on many features, and also 2nd unit on films such as Under the Skin for Jonathan Glazer and Finding Altamira for Hugh Hudson. He recently collaborated with Terrence Malick on Voyage of Time - months of experimental element photography and subsequent supervision of post. Tom has also served as DoP on a number of commercials and short films, as well as lighting director for events and installations such as Glazer's 2011 Spiritualized collaboration. Darren Rea caught up with him as Life, for which he was co-visual effects supervisor, was released on Blu-ray and DVD... [click here...]


The Transfiguration - Blu-ray review

CoverMilo is a 14 year-old boy who lives with his older brother since his mother took her own life. He is obsessed with vampires, living and breathing films and books. But there is a reason he needs to find out so much about them. An abused, self-harming loner, neighbour Sophie sees Milo as a kindred spirit. Milo seems at times blasé about being with her but, although he likes her, he is reticent to form too much of an attachment. You see, he has a plan... [click here...]


The Dark Tower - Soundtrack review

CoverSony Classical release Tom Holkenborg's original score for The Dark Tower. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. The fate of the worlds is at stake – good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black... [click here...]


Dreamscape (1983) - Blu-ray review

CoverYoung psychic Alex Gardner is coerced into joining a dream research project in which those with his abilities are trained to enter and affect the dreams of others. What begins as an experiment in remedying nightmares turns into something far more sinister, when a corrupt government official seizes control of the project. Can Alex stop his diabolical plan...? [click here...]


Electric Dreams (1984) - Blu-ray review

CoverMiles is a helpless, hopeless architect, who is about to blow a fuse. He has a problem: his computer Edgar has decided to wreck his life. He's ruined his credit rating, run up his phone bill, cancelled his plane reservations, locked him out of his house and now he's trying to steal his girlfriend. Meet Madeline, she's blonde, brilliant and waiting for the sparks to fly in this much-loved 80s love-triangle with a difference... [click here...]


War for the Planet of the Apes - Soundtrack

CoverMichael Giacchino's original score for War for the Planet of the Apes is released through Sony Classical. The film is the third chapter to the 2011 & 2014 movies Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It features Caesar and his apes being forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet... [click here...]