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Waving goodbye to I, Ball 2 we look to the future, crossing our fingers and hoping that our next title in the Your Sinclair Top 100 will be something quite frankly brilliant. Then to see that we have real life British music, film and television greats involved in our next release it can only mean that No.#34 must be great…right!? Then in enters Deus Ex Machina from Automata UK.
Deus Ex Machina was created by Mel Croucher, Andrew Stagg in 1984; this highly-original game starts in the final bowel movements of a dead mouse, and following this we see the fertilisation, gestation, birth, life and subsequent death of a human being (here known as a defect) within the Machine. The game was “played” to a rather excellent recorded musical narration of numerous stars which included Jon Pertwee, Ian Dury and Frankie Howerd amongst others.
I highlighted “played” above as in truth Deus Ex Machina »
"You will unite, or you will fall." The first film in the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy first hit theaters December of 2001, nearly 15 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Miguel Branco edited together a brand new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and it's rather wonderful. This is one of my all-time favorite films (only topped by The Return of the King) and I still remember seeing it in theaters on a cold, snowy night in December. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo, with Sean Astin as Samwise, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf; including Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, and many others. This trailer should make you smile, and put a tear in your eye. Hard to believe it has been 15 years. Here's the fan-made 15th anniversary trailer for The Lord of the Rings »
- Alex Billington
In keeping with the last wishes of his dear friend Sir Christopher Lee, actor, producer, 70mm camera operator, film authority extraordinaire, adventurer, stunt man and now distributor Douglas Dunning is announcing that Jinnah, the film that he licensed to Turner Classic Movies (TCM), which stars his late friend Sir Christopher Lee, will have its world …
- Jonathan Stryker
There's nothing more earnest than an English national epic, and this is a valiant expedition that becomes a low-key disaster. Told straight and clean, it's a primer on how to behave in the face of doom. Scott of the Antarctic Region B Blu-ray Studiocanal (UK) 1948 / Color / 1:37 Academy / 110 min. / Street Date June 6, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK £ 14.99 Starring John Mills, Derek Bond, Harold Warrender, James Robertson Justice, Kenneth More, Reginald Beckwith. Cinematography Osmond Borradaile, Jack Cardiff, Geoffrey Unsworth Editor Peter Tanner Original Music Vaughan Williams Written by Walter Meade, Ivor Montagu, Mary Hayley Bell Produced by Michael Balcon Directed by Charles Frend
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
English film companies fell on hard times during the postwar austerity period. But the relatively small Ealing Studios maintained its creative underdog brand even after it was taken over by Rank, and is still celebrated for wartime greats like Went the Day Well?, the singular masterpiece Dead of Night, »
- Glenn Erickson
“Written as a melodrama, shot as a musical by the director, and won the science fiction award of the year.” This is the confounding summary of The Wicker Man, the British cult classic that has inspired multiple generations of horror and mystery filmmakers and took the ‘outsider-enters-a-small-town-with-strange-goings-on’ to horrifying extremes in ways that reminded us “shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent.”
A Mark Kermode-hosted, behind-the-scenes documentary from 2001 has now surfaced that dives into the making of the beloved cult classic, with eerie footage of locations and a multitude of retrospective interviews from cast and crew, and pre-production photos and videos, including iconic imagery of the wicker man himself.
Titled Burnt Offering: The Cult of the Wicker Man, the special gives insight into how some of The Wicker Man’s chilling choices were made, including scraping the idea for a face on the titular, massive figure »
- Mike Mazzanti
Director of the eerily unsettling horror film The Wicker Man
The director Robin Hardy, who has died aged 86, made only one film of note. But as this was The Wicker Man (1973), which terrified audiences without showing so much as a drop of blood being spilt, his place in British cinema history was always going to be assured. It tells the story of a puritanical Christian policeman (Edward Woodward) who visits an island off the coast of Scotland after reports that a young girl has gone missing. He is shocked to find his investigation impeded by the community, which is steeped in rituals and paganism. The chilling purpose of their secrecy is finally revealed in one of the great twist endings of all time.
Even before that pay-off, Hardy had sustained expertly an atmosphere of unsettling eeriness, in which the root of the unease could never quite be pinpointed. Count Dracula himself, »
- Ryan Gilbey
Robin Hardy, the filmmaker who brought us The Wicker Man has died at the age of 86. Hardy only directed three movies during his career, but The Wicker Man, his debut, is one of the most regarded and impactful of the last 50 years.
The Wicker Man starred Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee and revolved around a police sergeant who is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed.
Hardy followed up The Wicker Man with The Fantasist in 1986, thirteen years after the release of his groundbreaking masterpiece, and then made The Wicker Tree in 2011. He intended to follow-up that movie with a third film in the ‘Wicker’ series as a tribute to the late, great Christopher Lee.
Rest in piece Robin, and thank you for the movies. »
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Jul 3, 2016
Film director Robin Hardy has died at the age of 86, it's been confirmed. Hardy may have only made three feature films across his career (he was a novelist too), but heck, one of them was really something incredibly special.
For Hardy made his directorial debut with 1973's The Wicker Man, the hugely influential horror that's regarded by many as one of the best in the genre of all time (Sir Christopher Lee called it his favourite of all the films he made). Hardy would, in 2011, direct The Wicker Tree, and had plans to make a third movie in the series, as a tribute to Sir Christopher Lee.
Hardy also helmed The Fantasist in 1986, that he also wrote.
“Come. It is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man”.
Christopher Lee claimed The Wicker Man (1973) was the greatest film he was ever part of. For good reasons, as this is one of the most unusual and original cinematic masterpieces ever brought to screen and an absolute must-see for everybody interested in movies. The unique greatness of The Wicker Man combines elements from a variety of genres; Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy, Drama, and even Musical, but it cannot really be limited to one particular genre. Scottish police sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) is called by an anonymous letter to investigate the disappearance of a young girl on the remote Scottish island Summerisle. Upon his arrival, nobody seems to have ever heard of the girl. The deeply religious Sergeant Howie, however, is shocked to find out that the residents of the island, above all the sophisticated but mysterious Lord Summerisle »
- Tom Stockman
Born in Surrey, England in 1929, Hardy began his career as a director with the National Film Board of Canada before making his feature debut with The Wicker Man, which starred Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward and has went on to become one of the most celebrated British films of all time.
Following The Wicker Man, Hardy made just two more features: the 1986 thriller The Fantasist, and 2011’s Wicker Man companion piece The Wicker Tree, and for the past couple of years he had also been trying to get another follow-up, Wrath of the Gods, off the ground. Sadly that will now never see the light of day.
- Gary Collinson
He died on Friday, his wife, Victoria, confirmed in a Facebook post.
“The Wicker Man” was Hardy’s feature film directorial debut, and one of only three that he would direct during his lifetime. The 1973 horror mystery tells the story of a police sergeant named Howie (Edward Woodward) who goes to the fictional island Summerisle to search for a missing girl. Christopher Lee and Diane Cilento also star.
Hardy would go on to write and direct the follow-up, “The Wicker Tree” which was released in 2011. Before that, we also directed the 1986 thriller “The Fantasist” and wrote the screenplay for the 1989 mystery “Forbidden Sun.”
In Variety‘s review of the 1973 film, the critic wrote, “… for sheer imagination and near-terror, [“The Wicker Man”] has seldom been equalled. In 2015, Hardy said he planned to make a third “Wicker Man” film as a tribute to its star, »
- Seth Kelley
Robin Hardy, whose directed the 1973 British cult classic “The Wicker Man,” died on Friday at the age of 86, the BBC reports. “The Wicker Man” was Hardy’s directorial debut, and starred an already established Christopher Lee. Many years later, the legendary actor would recall it as the best of the more than 200 films in which he starred. A 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage failed to garner the creative and visual praise as Hardy’s original. Also Read: Christopher Lee, 'Count Dracula' and 'Lord of the Rings' Star, Dead at 93 In 2011, Hardy made a sequel to “Man” called “The Wicker Tree »
- Lawrence Yee
Robin Hardy, director of one of the all time great horror films, The Wicker Man has passed on at the age of 86. Born in Surrey, England, Hardy started his career with the National Film Board of Canada, before going on to direct many TV commercials in the UK. At the request of Peter Snell's British Lion Productions, he came on board to direct the 1973 film which starred Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. Notably, before his own recent passing, Lee described The Wicker Man (known in much of Europe as The Wickerman) as the best film he was ever involved in - this from a man with nearly 300 film and TV credits including many entries in the Hammer Films oeuvre, The Lord of...
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Some very upsetting news is coming out of the UK this morning, revealing that Robin Hardy, best known as the director of 1973's The Wicker Man, has passed away. This was originally reported by BBC, who received word from a friend of the family that Hardy had died on Friday.
Robin Hardy released a spiritual successor to The Wicker Man back in 2011 and he had been in development on a third "Wicker" film that he teased would focus on "the gods getting their comeuppance." The Wicker Man, which Christopher Lee previously said is one of his favorite movies he performed in, is a personal favorite of mine and its importance in horror history and influence on the genre cannot be understated. Just to name a few, it's easy to see the film's influence on Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz, Ben Wheatley's Kill List, True Detective, and Radiohead's recent Burn The Witch video. »
- Jonathan James
Robin Hardy, the British director of cult film The Wicker Man, has died, the BBC reports. A family friend confirmed to the news outlet on Saturday that Hardy had died Friday. He was 86 years old. The Wicker Man, the 1973 horror-fantasy-comedy film that marked Hardy's directorial debut, has amassed a significant cult following since its release, inspiring a Nicolas Cage-led 2006 remake and a 2011 sequel of sorts, The Wicker Tree, written and directed by Hardy. Christopher Lee, who starred in the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films, wrote in his autobiography that The Wicker Man was "the best-scripted film I ever took part in. »
- Andrea Park, @scandreapark
Robin Hardy, the director who helmed the cult British film The Wicker Man, has died, BBC reports. He was 86. Hardy died Friday, a family friend told the BBC. The University of Malta also announced the news in a Facebook post. Starring Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and Diane Cilento, mystery film The Wicker Man told the story of a police sergeant who is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl that the townspeople claim never existed. The English director went on to make a follow-up film, The Wicker Tree, in 2011, that was based
- Natalie Stone, Mike Barnes
Robin Hardy at The Garrison Theatre, Lerwick, Shetland Photo: Shetland Arts
Robin Hardy, director of celebrated classic The Wicker Man, has died at the age of 86, it was announced today by the University of Malta, where he contributed to a film studies course. Hardy had completed a sequel to his opus, The Wicker Tree, in 2012, and had been trying to raise funds to film a third part of the trilogy, The Wrath Of The Gods, set in Iceland which, as he told us, is "where we all know the gods live."
The Wicker Man was recently restored and introduced to a new generation in an expansive DVD box set which included material long thought to have been lost. The late Christopher Lee credited Hardy and the film with giving him his greatest ever role.
An author as well as a filmmaker, Hardy produced relatively few works but put his heart and soul into each of. »
- Jennie Kermode
Louisa Mellor Jul 1, 2016
Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...
It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...
This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.
June is ending on a quiet note for horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, as we only have six titles coming our way on June 28th.
Blue Underground has shown some love to two cult classics with their Blu-ray double feature of Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons, and Arrow Video is resurrecting another cult classic (albeit one that is a bit more recent) with their Return of the Killer Tomatoes Special Edition Blu-ray.
Alien Strain (Mti Home Video, DVD)
After his girlfriend vanishes without a trace on a camping trip, he quickly goes from witness to suspect. Now, a year later, she returns to the very spot from which she was taken, but not like she was before.
- Heather Wixson
Hammer hits one out of the park with this 'ripping good' Sherlock Holmes tale, tilted heavily toward gothic mystery and horror. Peter Cushing and André Morell excel in heroic roles, while Christopher Lee doesn't have to play a monster, just a coward. Terence Fisher's directing skill is at its height. The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1959 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 86 min. / Ship Date June 14, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis De Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon. Cinematography Jack Asher Production Designer Bernard Robinson Film Editor Alfred Cox Original Music James Bernard Written by Peter Bryan from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle Produced by Michael Carreras & Anthony Hinds Directed by Terence Fisher
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In addition to their straight-up gothic horrors, Hammer films produced films in other genres, such as costume adventures and war pictures. »
- Glenn Erickson
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