RICHARD SANDLING’S TOP TEN COMEDY FILMS

Richard Sandling

I, along with 199 others, was asked to submit a list of my top 10 comedy films to Time Out for a poll they were running to find the 100 best comedy films. I was encouraged to submit reasons for choices and did so, so with that in mind here is my list of top 10 comedies with my feelings/thoughts on the movies. You can see the whole poll here:- And my entry here:- Also, I decided to go for films I really, really like rather than just choose films that are objectively better and I only had 10 to … [Read more...]

BRITISH SEX COMEDIES OF THE 1970s

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(the following is an article I wrote for The Erotic Review) The 1970s could have been amazing time for British Film. They should have been amazing. In the 1970s Britain had the opportunity to much more clearly and impressively define its own cinematic identity. There are many reasons cited why, for example, French cinema is so unique in style and content and why most French films are unmistakably French. One of the most popular reasons people use to praise French film is that, generally, French … [Read more...]

VIDEO IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN PUNK

RICHARD SANDLING VIDEO NASTY

Not only do I love video, I am also aware of how important it is In 2006 there was a lot of fuss made in the press about how it was the 30th anniversary of punk and how we should all praise punk and what a big deal it was. However, 2006 was also the 30th anniversary of VHS because the first video ever to be released is generally agreed to be The Young Teacher, a South Korean family comedy originally released cinematically in 1972 which was released on video in September 1976. So where was the … [Read more...]

THE TRUTH OF VIDEO AND THE LIES OF DVD

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Video is Truth and DVD is lies. Jean Luc Goddard once said “A Photograph is truth and film is truth 24 frames a second”. This is why Video is the true ambassador for film on home entertainment because it is a direct transfer from film and this is why it is, also, as truthful as film. For the purposes of this argument, I am not interested in superficial aspects of how VHS releases could be censored and cut or how films have been released as director’s cuts on DVD or pan-scanning vs. widescreen or … [Read more...]

THE VHS QUALITY LOTTERY: A GUIDE TO BUYING VHS

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Not only do I run a Video-only video shop, but I also collect and archive Video. I love VHS as a stock and I love Video as home entertainment medium because I genuinely believe that it is better, greater and, ultimately, more charming than DVD. There is, simply, no charm to DVD and there is nothing exciting about shopping for them or discovering them. Not like the way shopping for VHS is exciting. Of course, nowadays, I am limited to charity shops and the odd rental place like mine that still embraces … [Read more...]

INTRODUCTION TO MY LOVE OF VHS

RICHARD SANDLING'S MOVIE

Hello! Greetings Video enthusiasts – welcome aboard the VHS train. My name is Richard and I love videos. I run a Video Shop in Southend on Sea in Essex, where I am from. My Video shop is called ACE VIDEO. This is, of course, a reference to the 1987 film Tapeheads starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins in which they play Music Video Film Makers. Their Music Video Production Company is called Video Aces and I have taken that title and cleverly inverted it to be ACE VIDEO. I am aware that reading … [Read more...]