Film

Movie Locations No.1: The Possession Of Joel Delaney

  LOCATION: New York City FILM: ‘The Possession Of Joel Delaney’ This is a new occasional column dedicated to films that bring places to life. In the CV of the actress Shirley MacLaine are a few surprises. One of them is a supernatural story that has grown in stature and power over the passing years. […]

Thinking Slightly Too Hard About A Disney Classic

  Writers don’t sit down to enjoy films in quite the same way as civilians. We get distracted by mis-en-scene, subtext, plot holes and red herrings. We watch out for foreshadowing, signalling and dialogue that’s too on-the-nose. As a result, we tend to prefer ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ over ‘The Lion King’ because the former […]

Halloween Special: Haunting Images

Hallowe’en has reached a point where Americans might celebrate their holiday by dressing as Post Malone. Clearly we’ve come a long way from bedsheet ghosts and the Legend of Sleep Hollow. Films are now our main source of disturbing images, although the ‘clown in a drain’ thing doesn’t work in the UK, which doesn’t have […]

Halloween Horror Choice

So what did we decide to view for Halloween? (And are we dropping the apostrophe now?) HP Lovecraft adaptations, good call. There are a couple of terrific HP Lovecraft films I’ve mentioned here before called ‘The Valdemar Inheritance’ and ‘The Valdemar Legacy’. As an added bonus they have Edgar Allen Poe and Conan Doyle in. […]

Everyone Has A Fantasy (Film, That Is)

  (Updated) Fantasy films were the first things I saw at the cinema (although my mother did also drag me to George Bernard Shaw’s ‘The Devil’s Disciple’). It started, as I imagine it once did for a great many people, with ‘The Wizard of Oz’, which was rereleased in London at least twice a year. […]

Crazy Song Day!

I just flew back to London for a very unusual launch party – more on that tomorrow – and found London basking in Mediterranean temperatures. I’ve quickly opened enough mail to fill a room (October’s coming – Book Season!), took calls, showered and changed, remembered I have people staying with me, left keys and am […]

And I Thought I Hated Rom-Coms…

‘Pretty Woman?’ I’d rather have 90 minutes of kidney dialysis than sit through that once more. ‘Notting Hill’? Pull my teeth out with rusty pliers, just don’t make me see it again. It’s safe to say that rom-coms and I don’t get on, from the first klutzy meet-cute to the final airport dash and the […]

Those Eighties Movies

Further to the Ferris Bueller post I got to thinking about our mindset in that strange time. Creeping in around this time, at the first wave of corporate excess, came a cruel racism that manifested itself in characters like Andrew Dice Clay, who I remember referred to immigrants as ‘the urine-coloured people’. John Hughes’ movies […]

Rewatch: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

Today I’m in Somerset. There’s a crisp blue sky. I’m not starting the thriller for a week. I’m going for lunch with friends. What could make the day more perfect? How about a song? I rewatched ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ last night and it’s changed. Here’s how. 1. It’s very slow and a bit hammy. […]

Fairy Tale Films For Grown-Ups

The granddaddy of fairy tale films remains ‘La Belle et Le BĂȘte’, but lately there has been a resurgence in a genre that Disney demoted to sentimental kiddie fare for so long. When I look through my terrifyingly vast collection of weird movies, I suddenly realise how few Hollywood films there are. From the country […]