Re:View – ‘Troll Hunter’

I had rather higher expectations for ‘Troll Hunter’ than the actual fun it delivered. This Norwegian creature feature is no ‘Monsters’, that’s for sure, but it’s funny in a deadpan Nordic way. Hopefully, though, we’ll have seen the end of the motion-sickness inducing ‘found footage’ phenomenon. Three students hoping to make their name as broadcast […]

Frightfest Screens Its Best Film

So, on the climactic night of Frightfest, we had Dick Mass’s fun Dutch epic ‘Saint’, about the sinister side of St Nick, with children getting sucked up chimneys and a marvellous central horse chase across the rooftops of snowy Amsterdam. Then it was on to the much-hyped ‘Kill List’… My key instruction for ‘Kill List’ […]

Re:View – ‘Nothing To Declare’

On the French-Belgium border the traffic’s building up, because Ruben (Benoit Belvoorde) is a rabid patriot determined to catch the ‘cheese-eating frogs’ who infringe the law, and is taking his role as customs officer way too seriously. His bosses know he goes to far, but it’s 1993 and the borders are about to come down […]

Re:View – ‘5150 Rue Des Ormes’

Ah, it must be a foreign film – imdb has almost no reviews on its site. Well, they miss out on a lot. I’m a sucker for films in which people are held captive, a sub-genre that began with ‘Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?’ and the underrated ‘Fanatic’ (aka ‘Die! Die! My Darling!’) in which […]

Re:View – ‘Detective Dee’

I’ve long been a fan of Robert Van Gulik’s Judge Dee novels. The Chinese detective is a terrific creation, so I was pleased to discover that Tsui Hark has directed a Dee movie. It’s closer to an Indiana Jones flick than any of the books, and yet it retains the complexity of plot that made […]

London’s Coolest Film Club

It’s weird, it’s free and it’s been going for five years, so how come you haven’t heard about it? Because Alex and Evrim, the mental cases who run it, have kept the Duke Mitchell Film Club below the radar, but now the secret is out. I went along last night and had a blast. You […]

Bring On The Third Encounters!

A leading Russian astrophysicist has pronounced that as 10% of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth, we’ll have alien contact within 20 years. He thinks that although they may look human they may not be friendly. He doesn’t just mean they’ll be like people from Blackpool or something, he thinks they […]

Goodbye Peter

And another good one goes…Peter Falk died at 83 yesterday. I never really watched Columbo, but I remember him in a million movies as a great character actor, and often as a support character in films like ‘The Great Race’ and ‘It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’, a film about which I had a […]

Billy’s Speech Comes True

James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ was described by the Guardian as ‘the world’s first attempt to fuse the aesthetic of Starship Troopers with the ambience of mid-period Enya’, but it was huge. The film had more than 125 licensed products incorporating toys, clothing, books and video games which earned over an additional 100 million squids. But that’s […]

Forgotten Horrors

My friend Anne Billson reminds me of a great forgotten horror film of the seventies, ‘Eye Of The Cat’, written by Joseph ‘Psycho’ Stefano, and starring beautiful Jacqueline Bisset and strangely-attractive-in-a-neanderthal-way Michael Sarrazin, an underrated actor whose career path somehow went horribly wrong. They were a real-life couple, and here Michael plays a man trying […]