I can’t imagine anyone not liking this delicious, whimsically baroque confection, which is like an old hand-tinted postcard found between the pages of a library book of a holiday once taken by a forgotten relative.
The hotel in question is a lovingly rendered wedding cake of an edifice somewhere in mittel-Europe before the Second World War. It [...]
I’ve written on the subject in the past because I love dark humour (the articles are somewhere in this site’s basement), but knowing how you enjoy lists I thought I’d try to come up with a definitive choice of filmed black comedies. Let’s assume that ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ and ‘Kind Hearts & Coronets’ are [...]
While last night’s Oscars were on I watched three movies back-to-back, something I haven’t done in a long time because juxtaposing films throws into relief what you love and hate about each, in the same way that viewing films at say, Cannes, makes you feel entirely differently to seeing the same films in your multiplex. [...]
On my winding way back home, killing time between Saigon and Bangkok, I checked out the movies available to watch on the flight. Whenever I do this I’m always struck by the way in which the East has no interest at all in the West. While Hollywood tries to open inroads into India and China, [...]
It was Carl Reiner, writing as a young man for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, whose memoirs formed the basis of ‘Enter Laughing’, ‘So Long 174th Street’ and the Peter O’Toole comedy film vehicle ‘My Favourite Year’, which also became a musical. There’s a good reason why the story resonates. It’s about being young [...]
It’s official; the British film industry is in the toilet again. In my career I’ve heard this maybe two dozen times, but something has really gone wrong in this decade.
It turns out that only 7% of British films have made any kind of a profit in the past ten years and the number in production [...]
As we know from ‘Saving Mr Banks’, Walt Disney was good at persuading authors that he could turn their treasured works into films, but Pamela Travers was not his only conquest. Nobody now remembers the Swiss beekeeping pastor Johann David Weiss, but in the late 18th century he was so impressed by ‘Robinson Crusoe’ that [...]
Everyone thinks cinema is getting worse as they get older, partly because the core cinema-going audience slows down at around 23, when people start having babies and don’t go out as much. It’s a really simple equation which you can subdivide into other reasons, as we did in my old film company, but lately I’ve [...]
I remember seeing a screening of ‘World Trade Center’, before which Oliver Stone brought onto the stage two of the firemen who are portrayed in the film. In the light of how bad the film turned out to be, I felt – possibly uncharitably – that he was proofing the movie against criticism by playing [...]
I know this site is London-centric, so today let’s broaden the subject matter.
Granada Television has often been described as the best television company in the world, with good reason. Founded in 1930 by Sidney Bernstein and his brother Cecil and began serving Manchester and the North West of England in 1954, when it quickly became famous [...]