A Fish Called Wanda

More years ago than is probably reasonable I remember watching John Cleese's A Fish Called Wanda (as writer, producer, star and supposedly co-director I feel its fair to mark him as 'auteur' here, rather like Tommy Wiseau with The Room) as it featured not just Cleese but fellow Python Michael Palin and, having been a... Continue Reading →

Knives Out

It's hard to avoid the fact that, increasingly, every time I go to the cinema the film I'm seeing is based on something else, is part of a larger whole or, simply, is just intentionally over complicated by things outside of the movie. Rian Johnson's latest, Knives Out, then is a refreshing antidote to this... Continue Reading →

Halloween (2018)

Forty years ago (well 41 as I write this, but it was forty years when the film was released) John Carpenter helped define a genre with a film that has become an all time favourite of mine, Halloween. Since then the series has had its ups and downs (largely in accordance with the law of... Continue Reading →

John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

By the late 1970s the horror movie had reached one of its natural tipping points as the so-called 'grindhouse' style of earlier in the decade, the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I Spit On Your Grave and Last House On The Left, had broken new, and extreme ground in the American branch of the... Continue Reading →

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