Author: Helen Cox


Love Lessons Learnt From Film

Unlikely Ways to Get The Girl Do you freeze every time a foxy lady walks your way? Do you inevitably spill mustard / gravy / curry sauce down your front when you’re on a date? Never fear. Movie men have done far less winning things and still walked away with […]

Feature, Film Review

Villain (2010)

Villain is, a little unfortunately, not quite the psychological thriller it promises to be. That said it is an engaging, beautifully shot tragic love story with quirky but believable characters. It is highly likely that the producers were going for a more edgy film here but what they’ve ended up […]

Feature, Film Review

Holy Rollers (2011)

What does Holy Rollers (2011) have in common with The Social Network (2010)? Well, they both star Jesse Eisenberg, they both feature an awkward youngling who wants to be accepted, rich and powerful played by Jesse Eisenberg. In both of these pictures Eisenberg experiences girl trouble that spurs him on […]

Feature, Film Review

Super (2010)

A slightly paunchy man bludgeoning people to death with a wrench. Ellen Page in a close-fitting superhero costume. Nathan Fillion playing the Holy Avenger; a wholly unconvincing TV super. Kevin Bacon at his bad-guy best. All of these things are reasons to watch the latest mock-genre effort Super (2010). Rainn […]

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Bridesmaids (2011)

Speaking objectively about a film like Bridesmaids is somewhat problematic. Not only does star the ever-watchable Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne but it also boasts Fiona Apple, Hole and Blondie on the soundtrack (and not the obvious Union City Blues or Atomic either, they opted for Rip Her […]

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Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)

How much you enjoy Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec  is somewhat proportionate to how long ago you watched Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain and how much you liked Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain (2001). Apologies for instantly drawing up the obvious comparison but there really isn’t any way of talking […]

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Passenger Side (2011)

So the story goes like this: two brothers with polar oppositeish personalities drive the length and breadth of LA looking for a long, lost girlfriend. And that’s pretty much the gist. The two brothers, Michael (Adam Scott) and Tobey (Joel Bissonnette – brother of writer / director Matthew Bissonnette), are […]


New Film Magazine Launching in April

April 2011 sees the launch of New Empress Magazine – a new independently-produced film magazine offering movie fans a truly comprehensive reading experience.  New Empress Magazine  is already available for pre-order and on subscription. Issue one includes features on: Movie Masochism: Why Bad Films Feel So Good, The Beautiful Freaks of Film, […]

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Ironclad (2011)

Watching Ironclad you’d be forgiven for not recognising it as an independent picture. Budgetary restraints are not in any way apparent. Director Jonathan English has attracted Oscar-nominated talent with Paul Giamatti and the cinematography and editing remain seamlessly professional throughout. These are all massive accomplishments for a film made outside […]

Film Review

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Animal Kingdom, David Michod’s sixth directoral feature, is one of those films that promises a lot. Initial reception has been incredibly positive and, despite a relatively alternative storyline, Mihod has managed to bag some well-established acting talent to headline his feature. Raising your hopes and expectations about this film however […]