Escape From New York

You just have to glance at the filmography of John Carpenter to see that he is something of a master of genre cinema. Unlike most though, rather than focussing on one genre, he always seemed intent of keeping a broad scope from the sci-fi of Dark Star to all but inventing slasher films with Halloween... Continue Reading →

The Room and The Disaster Artist

Occasionally films become what gets called 'cult', these come in many forms from the likes of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (arguably now its transcends that tag) and its sequel Shock Treatment, through to the likes of Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo or David Lynch's Dune. Since the turn of the millennium though, one film has... Continue Reading →

Stan And Ollie

As often seems to be the case as awards season looms actors take the opportunity to play versions of real people, often with a Hollywood connection, and this year's version of this sees Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly take on pre-war mega stars Laurel And Hardy in Jon S. Baird's Stan & Ollie. The... Continue Reading →

The Favourite

Generally speaking the words 'costume drama' are ones that will turn me off from seeing a film or TV show long before the opportunity to actually see it arises. With The Favourite however the critical reaction, as well as recommendations from several real people, suggested this was one worth watching, though the inclusion of a... Continue Reading →

North By Northwest

There's no denying that the late 50s and early 60s marked something of a final great period for Alfred Hitchcock. From Vertigo to The Birds there was a run of four films that became classics, still regarded as arguably some of the best films ever made and, while I've looked at most of them here... Continue Reading →

Easy Rider

In 1969 while the United States was in turmoil with the likes Altamont (as captured in Gimme Shelter) marking the end of the peaceful hippie movement and ongoing protests around civil rights and the Vietnam War. Concurrently to this the Hollywood studio system was going through its own tribulations with the 'system' that had been... Continue Reading →

Ant-Man And The Wasp

I think it's fair to say, and something I've probably said before, that the main run of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has reached a point where you can't easily dive into it in its current place without at least some knowledge of the preceding events. Much like it's forerunner then, or the first Guardians of... Continue Reading →

Bros: After The Screaming Stops

In amongst all the Christmas TV specials in 2018, from the inexplicably popular Mrs Browns Boys to the return of the Daleks in Doctor Who, one show (that has nothing really to do with Christmas) seems to have caused more discussion than any other, a documentary film about the return of late 1980s twin brother... Continue Reading →

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