Hallowe’en Special: ‘Night Of The Demon’


In the first of a few posts on Hallowe’en I thought I’d do something a bit different this year and take a look back at a classic supernatural film, to see how it holds up. Jacques Tourneur’s ‘The Night of the Demon’ was made in 1957 and was based on Montague R James’s short story […]

All Aboard! Best Movies Set On Trains

Train To Busan

  ‘Train To Busan’ is deservedly a massive hit for South Korea – an action adventure about zombies that makes ‘World War Z’ look like ‘Carry On Camping’, and manages to be both thrilling and heartbreaking within its streamlined runaway plot. It’s Zombies On A Train – thanks to a spreading biohazard that forces a […]

‘Nocturnal Animals’

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Academy Award nominee Amy Adams stars as Susan Morrow in writer/director Tom Ford’s romantic thriller NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Merrick Morton/Focus Features

No Spoilers Last night the luminous Amy Adams and her director Tom Ford took to the London stage to try and explain just why ‘Nocturnal Animals’ works so beautifully. Adams pointed out that Ford allows the performances to breathe instead of cutting them to death – and it shows. The most wrenching moments in this […]

Upcoming Movies: ‘Arrival’, ‘La La Land’


No spoilers Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ is big-budget SF that starts pretty much where ‘Close Encounters’ ended. The first five minutes establishes that 12 gigantic space vessels have appeared around the earth, and we now have to figure out how to contact them without getting our heads blown off. Why have they come here – and why […]

The Friday Song


You probably saw the whole cast and crew of Doctor Who sing it at the end of David Tennant’s er, tenancy (it’s had well over a million hits), but here it is as it appeared in the film ‘Sunshine On Leith’. (Does anyone know if they subtitled the film for US release?) I’m off to see […]

It’s Time To Bury Giallos

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I saw my first Italian dubbed crime/horror movie at around 16, (Argento’s ‘Four Flies on Grey Velvet’) and loved it. The term ‘giallo’ was term used to describe the mainly 1970’s Italian genre of literature and film with mystery, slasher and later fantastical elements. The three star directors to look out for were Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci […]

Remake It? Please Don’t!


The biggest mistake directors commit when they remake classic films is misunderstanding the intent of the original. The last few years have seen one weak reboot after another, the most recent being Disney’s decision to remake its animation films as live action features. Originality is born out of time and place; Hollywood’s great screwball comedies, […]

Films With Moral Dilemmas


It’s a given these days that any film involving corporations, institutions or governments will present a black-and-white picture of good (independent, liberal, quirky, new age) against evil (fascist, secretive, dishonest, betraying) but once in a while we see ethical dilemmas explored in greater detail. Terrence Rattigan’s ‘The Winslow Boy’ has been filmed at least ten […]

‘I Didn’t Come Here To Read’


Sociologist/writer Dominic Sandbrook makes a good point in his history of the UK in the 1960s, ‘White Heat’; while it seemed everyone was obsessed by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the truth was very different. The most popular album of the decade was ‘The Sound of Music’. In the same way, while critics get excited […]

We Need A Collective Noun For Film Critics


‘An exit of film critics’? ‘A pretence of film critics’? ‘A sneer of film critics’? Judging by the latest poll of the best 100 films of the 21st century according to 177 film critics it should probably be ‘a wankfest of film critics’. Film polls are notoriously subjective, of course, but dear God in Heaven, […]