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Mayhem Film Festival 2019: Days One & Two

The Mayhem Film Festival returned in outstanding fashion for its 15th incarnation. The 2019 festival, which screens at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema offered a great selection of genre films over its first two days – most of which were [...]

October 12, 2019

The Passing Of Peter Fonda

Actor Peter Fonda has died at the age of 79. Born on 23 February 1940, the counterculture icon was the son of  Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget Fonda. He died on 16 August 2019, the cause of death was respiratory failure [...]

August 17, 2019

THE SIXTH SENSE: Still Great After 20 Years

M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Sixth Sense opened in the US on 6 August 1999. It came out of nowhere in late summer, and scored $293 million in the US and $379 million in foreign territories for a $672.8 million global total. It was the second [...]

August 6, 2019

Watch Short Film CAPRICIOUS – Written By Movies In Focus

In 2016 I started writing a twisty-ish dramatic thriller with director Jordan Handford. We crafted a tight little script, which turned into a great little short film called Capricious. I was extremely impressed by Jordan’s direction, the [...]

June 15, 2019

Peter Tork Member Of The Monkees Dies

On 29 February 2012, a week-old Movies In Focus published news announcing the death of The Monkees singer Davy Jones. Now almost exactly 7 years later I’m reporting that his bandmate Peter Tork has also died. 77 year old Tork was the bassist [...]

February 21, 2019

20 Years Later: 1999 Was One Of The Greatest Film Years Ever!

Sometimes the stars just align and greatness arrives all at once. Maybe it was because a lot of great filmmakers hit their stride (David Fincher, M.Night Shymalan, Spike Jonze etc) or just pre-millennium fear, but 1999 saw a lot of great movies land [...]

January 3, 2019

Movies In Focus’ Top Christmas Movies

As curmudgeonly as Movies In Focus can be, I do appreciate Christmas (it’s probably my favourite time of the year). I thought it was about time that I put together a list of my favourite Christmas film, so I rolled-up my sleeves and dug into the [...]

December 19, 2018

Drawing First Blood: RAMBO

In 1982, First Blood introduced cinema audiences to John Rambo for the first time and the face of cinema was changed. An adaptation of David Morrell’s tense novel, Ted Kotcheff’s film was a cinematic gut punch, a energetic adventure tale with a [...]

November 12, 2018

Mayhem Film Festival 2018: Days Three & Four

After getting off to a stunning start, the 2018 Mayhem Film Festival continued to impress over the course of its final two days. Day Three  The third day of Mayhem 2018 began with the wonderfully bonkers One Cut Of The Dead. We were told by Chris [...]

October 15, 2018

Mayhem Film Festival 2018: Days One & Two

Kicking-off in Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema, the first two days of the 14th Mayhem Film Festival brought together a wonderful selection of genre films introduced by Chris Cook and Steven Sheil. Movies In Focus was once again on-hand to bring [...]

October 13, 2018

Everything Wrong With STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Star Wars: The Last Jedi isn’t a bad film – but it is a very flawed one. 2015’s The Force Awakens was a euphoric restart of the Star Wars franchise and I thought that film was an excellent instalment in the series moments. The Last [...]

December 17, 2017

Mayhem Film Festival 2017: Days Three & Four

Read about Mayhem Film Festival 2017: Days One & Two SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER The third day of Mayhem kicked-off with the festival’s weakest film. Tag had energy and visual style but it just seemed like a collection of concepts thrown together [...]

October 22, 2017

Mayhem Film Festival 2017: Days One & Two

The Mayhem Film Festival always has a great buzz. That’s because genre fans fully embrace the films they come to see and they’re willing to judge them for what they are (not on box office or PR). Every year the audience is willing to [...]

October 14, 2017

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