This latest film from French director Claude Miller is also something of a secret, but it is well worth tracking down. It tells the personal story of a teenage boy who learns shocking secrets about his parents' lives during World War II. Being Jews in occupied France, their lives were under constant threat by the Nazi regime and they are forced to make decisions that they have to live with. A great film in it's own right that has certain thematic shades of Cache by Haneke running through it.
The Sandwich Man
Former Goon Michael Bentine took the title role in this great little film from 1966. Bentine stars as a sandwich board advertiser and walks around London observing and being observed (beautifully observed as it goes). The supporting cast of this film reads like a Who's Who of 60s comedy talent featuring the likes of Harry H. Corbett, Bernard Cribbins, Alfie Bass, Peter Jones, John le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Jeremy Lloyd, Burt Kwouk Norman Wisdom, Suzy Kendall, Terry Thomas and Dora Bryan.
3. War Dance
Documentary features have recently come right back to the forefront in Cinema. This film is one of the most genuinely powerful documentaries in recent years. It follows a group of Ugandan schoolchildren in their quest to participate in the annual Kampala Music Festival. Against the back drop of the country's dreadful and horrific recant history, these school children show the hope and determination to write their own history and live out a better life.
The best of the rest of other DVD releases 6th October 2008
The eccentric and eclectic youth of Berlin are the focus of this hip comedy. Through multiple narrative strands we meet an ex-hand-model, satanists, a yuppie, a drunk artist and more.
Twist Of Faith
Veteran documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick
presents this powerful and heart rending tale of the abuse scandal within the church and its subsequent cover-ups.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of the Bard's famous tale/ this lavish interpretation features an all star cast that includes Sir Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Sylvester McCoy and Romola Garai.
The Waiting Room
Ralf Little, Anne-Marie Duff, Daisy Donovan, Frank Finlay and Rupert Graves start in this under the radar Brit rom-com.
John Carpenter Collection
7 films from the master of fantasy and horror. Includes: THE FOG, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THEY LIVE, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, HALLOWEEN & THE THING.
Up 'N' Under
Gary Olsen, Neil Morrissey, Samantha Janus, Griff Rhys Jones & Tony Slattery star in this patchily good comedy about a Rugby League team.
A charming antipodean story about a boy reunited with his estranged pelican chick.
Takeshi Kitano Collection
6 films from the cult director including: Violent Cop, Boilingpoint, A Scene At The Sea, Sonatine, Getting Any?, Kids Return.
A poptastic curio form the late 1960s. Starring The Small Faces running around in a pirate radio / crime caper. Fab.
The top 3 Blu-ray releases 6th October 2008
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Collector's Edition)
Tim Burton's genius now in collectors edition in beautiful Blu-ray hi def. We are so aching for the release of the 3D version.
2. House Of Flying Daggers
A film worth buying a Blu-ray player for. Visually stunning film that looks breathtaking in the new format.
3. The Goonies
A true cornball movie - even kids could see that, but Richard Donner's direction of Spielberg's script has that certain magical quality to it.
The best of the rest Blu-Ray / HD DVD releases 6th October 2008
Cute comedy horror fun for all the family. You know all about it.
Werner Herzog adapts his own fascinating documentary Little Dieter Needs To Fly into a fully fledged, and quite brilliant, movie.
From a time when it was taking John Hughes a whole weekend to write a new movie comes this rather good 1983 offering. This is the film that Tom Cruise is actually quite good in.
Tim Burton's early film that signaled a new path for Hollywood. No one else really followed except the genius himself.
Mongol The Rise To Power Of Genghis Khan
Director Sergei Bodrov's stunning oscar nominated film focusing on the battles during the early ascent of the 'Great King' Genghis Khan.
Directed by Nick Love starring Danny Dyer - so you know exactly the type of movie that this is. 'Nuff said.
The top 3 TV releases (all formats) 6th October 2008
1. Summer Heights High & We Can Be Heroes Box Set
Summer Heights High is, without doubt, the best comedy since The Office. Featuring rich bitch Ja'mie, Johan the school (or cool) bully and Mr G the egocentric assistant to the head of drama. Like totally random.
2. Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Series
19 discs, 112 episodes and almost 3,000 minutes of some of the best actors of the late 1970s and 1980s in some of the best written twisted tales that TV has ever seen. This is on our Christmas list.
3. Spooks: Complete BBC Series 1-6
One of the BBC's best modern dramas.
This collection includes all 6 series of the acclaimed television drama centering on a team of counter-terrorist spies on 28 DVDs.
The best of the rest TV releases (all formats) 6th October 2008
Armchair Thriller: The Chelsea Murders
The wonderful Network DVD label continue their issue of this fabulous Thames series from the late 1970's. The whole series was superb and this 6 part story was one of the best of the lot.
Agatha Christie's Marple Series 3
Geraldine Mckewan concludes her portrayal of Marple with some excellent stories. Its a shame that she is hanging up her hat and cape.
The Simpsons - Series 11
This is probably the peak of The Simpsons powers, before the weakening scripts started to set in. Enjoy here Homer killing Ned, Moe the soap star, and Homer's motorcycle gang.
The Other Boleyn Girl (TV)
A few years before the big screen adaptation of the novel there was this fine TV adaptation - which is superior in virtually every way to the film.
Prison Break - Season 3 Complete [Blu-ray & DVD]
One of the very best dramas to come out of the US in many years. This release contain all episodes of Season 3.
The Hinge and Bracket Collection
You either love or loathe Doctor Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. We love them. Includes series 1 & 2 of Dear Ladies plus some gala evenings.