DVD Review: The Yellow Balloon

The Yellow Balloon is a prime example of the type of atmospheric British drama that thrilled cinema audiences in Great Britain before the advent of television captured everybody’s imaginations through The Queen’s Coronation in 1953. The film follows 10 year old Frankie Palmer (Andrew Ray) who one day catches sight of a man selling balloonsContinue reading “DVD Review: The Yellow Balloon”

DVD Review: The Third Man (4K Restored Version)

Upon its release in 1949, Carol Reed’s atmospheric screen adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Third Man instantly became a cinematic classic winning numerous plaudits and awards from the Grand Prix at Cannes to The Oscars. The iconic thriller stars Joseph Cotten as American pulp western writer Holly Martens who arrives in post-war Vienna following upContinue reading “DVD Review: The Third Man (4K Restored Version)”

Talking Cinema: Holli Dempsey Joins The Ranks Of Dad’s Army In New Film

Andy Howells puts questions to actress, Holli Dempsey about the big screen remake of Dad’s Army. (From May, 2015)

DVD Review: The Drop

If like me, you missed The Drop when it originally hit cinema screens last year, then this is your chance to finally catch this gritty crime drama on DVD and Blu-ray. The story follows Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) an apparent underdog lonely bartender at Cousin Marv’s; a neighbourhood bar in Brooklyn. Bob’s cousin, the eponymous Marv (JamesContinue reading “DVD Review: The Drop”

CD Review: Cole Porter In Hollywood – The John Wilson Orchestra

Conductor, arranger and musical scholar John Wilson has brought together 15 Cole Porter classics for Cole Porter In Hollywood including Begin The Beguine ( from Broadway Melody of 1940), Love Of My Life (from The Pirate), and the albums grand opener Stereophonic Sound (from Silk Stockings). In many cases, these recordings have been painstakingly recreated from the original filmContinue reading “CD Review: Cole Porter In Hollywood – The John Wilson Orchestra”

Recreating Cole Porter’s Hollywood Classics – John Wilson Interview

The uniquely glamorous sound and the daredevil skill of the John Wilson Orchestra playing Hollywood and Broadway’s most scintillating scores has made them one of the UK’s most beloved group of musicians. Their annual sell-out Prom concerts and national tours – and their first three releases for Warner Classics – have enchanted listeners and wonContinue reading “Recreating Cole Porter’s Hollywood Classics – John Wilson Interview”

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