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Firstly, a massive hellooooo, to all the new followers of Alt-flix this year, it has has been wonderful to receive all of your recent messages and comments. It is gratifying to know that you are enjoying the efforts of the team.

2016 is drawing to a close, and as we hit the annual festive dearthery of good films, we'll take this time to recap on what has caught the respective eyes of the Alt-fl ix team this year.

Ben Wheatley's High-Rise, bloody mindedly producing a Kubrikian masterpiece out of an "unfilmable" story.

The good old BFI presenting a season retrospective on one of our very favourite directors Alan Clarke (Rita, Sue and Bob Too, The Firm etc), and the subsequent exhaustive extras-laden box set release.

The Criterion Collection finally releasing in the UK. (Although the excitement is tempered slightly by the titles they have released thus far).

The patchy (to say the least) BFI Flipside releases returned, wilfully patchily, with welcome releases for lost masterpiece Symptoms, and for the ultimate cult horror Psychomania, alongside the so-so Beat Girl, and the entirely unremarkable Expresso Bongo.

Soda Pictures continued its remarkable upward trajectory with Louder Than Bombs - which was possibly our film of the year.

I, Daniel Blake triumphing in all manner of ways, and proving Ken Loach a master of all he surveys, and long may he continue to so powerfully tell the stories of the unheard.

Some honorable mentions now for things we have watched at home: The Lady in the Van - Alan Bennett's wonderful (and long awaited - by us anyway) tale with Maggie Smith as the indomitable Miss Shepherd. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, (oh how we loved the 3D version - though we were perhaps alone on that). Michel Gondry's Microbe and Gasoil - not his best film, but eminently watchable. Zootopia (such a relief when your kids choose great films to watch). The Sorcerers (in a stunning print) and Kes released on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time. And, special mention has to go to the TV channel Talking Pictures TV showing in the UK, which has kept us entertained daily with a dazzling array of vintage films, rare and obscure British b-movies alongside a handful of offerings from the Southern TV archive.

See you all in 2017.

What else is available at alt-flix

 

Director Guides

Ken Loach

Directors: Our ever expanding guide to the top directors in cinema. Includes a biography, filmography, comment about the directors body of work plus individual film reviews and news updates on directors current projects, cinema and DVD releases etc.

We've just added a guide to the life and work of Stanley Kubrick. Other directors currently featured in the guide include Ken Loach, Terry Gilliam, Michael Haneke, Shane Meadows, The Coen brothers, Lindsay Anderson and Mike Leigh.

 

Film Guides

Haunted House of HorrorFilm Guides: An assortment of different film guides we've put together. Includes the following: Top 100 British movies; Best in World Cinema; and the best USA movies. Also some interactive movie guides like the Horror Film guide in the guise of a Haunted House, and our Christmas movie guide in the guise of an advent calendar.

 

 

 

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Recommended DVDs

A specially recommended selection of DVDs, soundtrack CDs and books from the alt-flix store in association with Amazon.com