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Anton van Beek  |  Sep 26, 2010  |  0 comments

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is undoubtedly the definitive cult movie. Now 35 years old, this film adaptation of Richard O’Brien’s stage musical is more popular than ever, continuing to do big business with its loyal fanbase as it plays at midnight screenings across the US and UK. It probably doesn’t hurt that it’s also a marvellously madcap piece of cinema, packed with outrageous performances, big laughs and catchy songs that stick in your head forever.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 23, 2010  |  0 comments

Confession time: Before getting started on this review, I had never seen Meir Zarchi's notorious 1978 rape-revenge shocker I Spit on Your Grave. Despite being a child of the 'video nasty', having spent the latter part of the '80s and early '90s building up an extensive VHS library packed with titles like Nekromantik, Cannibal Ferox and Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, for some reason I had never actually bothered with the film that - for many - was synonymous with this controversy-baiting collection of movies.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 23, 2010  |  0 comments

The Exorcist is a film that surely needs no introduction. One of the most celebrated horror films of all-time, this tale of a young girl possessed by demonic forces still has the power to unsettle and shock audiences despite the number of times it has been referenced, parodied and ripped-off by other movies across the better part of three decades.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 20, 2010  |  0 comments

The Pacific is a companion piece to the earlier Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced Band of Brothers. As its name indicates, this ten-part miniseries shifts its gaze from Europe to the war in the Pacific, and this time the narrative(s) follows three marines and their various experiences rather than a single company of soldiers. 

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 12, 2010  |  0 comments

It's common knowledge that the studios are still struggling when it comes to generating interest - and significant sales - for catalogue titles on Blu-ray. All of which made the news that UK-based FremantleMedia was spending a 'sizeable' amount of money remastering the BAFTA award-winning 1973 documentary series The World at War for a Blu-ray release later this year all the more surprising. So HCC paid a visit to London-based restoration and disc-authoring facility Eyeframe to find out more about this mammoth undertaking.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 11, 2010  |  0 comments

The history of videogaming is littered with officially licensed titles that promised to give players the chance to feel like a comic book superhero, but ultimately failed to deliver the goods. Only Spider-Man 2's web-swinging action and Batman: Arkham Asylum have got anywhere close to making gamers feel like they are in control of a real superhero.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 16, 2010  |  0 comments

What is it about the Transformers franchise that videogames companies find hard to get right? On the surface it's as simple as getting together a bunch of 30-foot tall robots that transform into a variety of vehicles and unleashing them on each other. It's the kind of premise most developers would die for.

Mark Craven  |  Jun 22, 2010  |  0 comments

Boxing? Pah! Real fight fans are into the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) which, as the name implies, is a sport where punching, kicking, grappling and wrestling all blend into one blood-and-sweat soaked scrap-fest, organised and televised in the US by UFC (the Ultimate Fighting Championship).

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 15, 2010  |  0 comments

Comedy is a difficult thing to review. What makes one person roll around laughing on the floor will simply make another roll their eyes. Which makes reviewing something like this fifth volume of episodes from American Dad! pretty difficult. After all, the show has been on the air for five years now, and it wallows in almost exactly the same sense of pop culture-spoofing humour that show creator Seth MacFarlane has been peddling in Family Guy for over a decade now - so chances are, you already know whether this is your kind of thing or not.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 14, 2010  |  0 comments

Ever since Grand Theft Auto III first exploded onto the PlayStation 2 back in October 2001, developers have leapt at the opportunity to create their own sandbox games thanks to the computing power offered by today's high-spec consoles. Free-roaming videogames where the gamer can essentially do whatever they want, whenever they want within the confines of an open-world, are now commonplace across pretty much all platforms. But few of them have ever lived up to those Rockstar Games has conjured up for its Grand Theft Auto series.

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