Churchill (2017)

It feels somewhat like I've come to Jonathan Teplitzky's Churchill backwards as, spurred on by The Crown, Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, I thought it would provide another interesting view into this part of early-to-mid 20th century history, even though it was released before at least two of those others. Unfortunately, while it sounds like an... Continue Reading →

Darkest Hour

Following much fanfare and after hearing about Brian Cox's take (in Churchill) and seeing John Lithgow's particularly impressive version (in The Crown) I came to Joe Wright's latest film, Darkest Hour, starring an almost unrecognisable Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. The story focuses on the few days leading up to the evacuation of Dunkirk (making... Continue Reading →


Netflix latest hit 'own brand' series is something of an odd fish. While their Marvel series and Better Call Saul obviously come from established franchises and others are fairly solidly angled genre pieces, GLOW seems to throw things together and hope something entertaining comes out the other end and, to a degree, it does. Based... Continue Reading →

Everybody Wants Some!!

Back in 1993 Richard Linklater took a trip back to the world of his youth with Dazed and Confused, throwing the audience headlong into the world of a Texan high school in the mid-1970s and all the typical comings and goings that went along with it, delivered by an ensemble cast of relative unknowns. Now,... Continue Reading →

Silver Linings Playbook

I approached David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook at the recommendation of a friend and, coming into it, I had very little expectation beyond what I'd remembered hearing around the time of its release which, in my mind, had made it sound like a fairly run-of-the-mill romantic comedy - thankfully that assumption proved mostly wrong. Certainly the... Continue Reading →


The story of the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one that has been debated and retold in various forms time and time again, but one account seems to have become the definitive – Stephen Rebello’s Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho – and it is on this that Hitchcock is based. I first... Continue Reading →

Life Of Pi

Despite everything in the media and the fact that its an adaptation of a famous novel I headed into Life Of Pi with little fore-knowledge of what I was about to watch - beyond the fact it featured a boy, a boat and a Bengal tiger - and I am very glad I had few... Continue Reading →

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