One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest: Uplifting, Disheartening And Just About Everything In Between

SPOILERS! Everyone knows that the ’70s were the greatest decade for cinema. It’s an undeniable fact: The Godfather, I and II; Apocalypse Now; Taxi Driver; Chinatown; The Conversation; The Deer Hunter; The French Connection – and that’s just to name a few of the very best. So where does One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestContinue reading “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest: Uplifting, Disheartening And Just About Everything In Between”

Brazil: The Absurdity Of Oppression

SPOILERS! What the hell has happened? I myself am a man strongly averse to sci-fi ever since the innocent first days of my life – and proud of it ever since. Now look at the blog: Arrival, Children of Men, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, even The Prestige! And it’s not stopped yet, because hereContinue reading “Brazil: The Absurdity Of Oppression”

The Quiet Earth: The Quiet Gem?

Savour this, children – it’s the penultimate review in the themed week! I know. But as I say: live and let die. Let’s get on with it, with another little known pic… The Quiet Earth is the story of Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence), an apathetic scientist, who wakes up one morning to find the worldContinue reading “The Quiet Earth: The Quiet Gem?”

Night Of The Comet: The Feel-Good Apocalypse

“If John Hughes did an apocalypse movie.” That’s how one person described Night of the Comet to me. And, well, you can’t help but feel they’re exactly right. To give that some perspective, John Hughes – the director of the 80s, with The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (simply the greatest film), Sixteen CandlesContinue reading “Night Of The Comet: The Feel-Good Apocalypse”

The Ladykillers: Corrosive, Dark And Beautifully British

As if I wasn’t going to dip my toe in for more Peter Sellers! Yes, the pre-eminent British comedian returns, but nine years earlier than Dr. Strangelove in 1955 comedy The Ladykillers – yet, Sellers isn’t the one that steals the show… The plot is simple, yet oh-so-effective: dapper thief Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) rentsContinue reading “The Ladykillers: Corrosive, Dark And Beautifully British”

Dr. Strangelove: How Kubrick Made Us Love The Bomb

The world can end in many ways: a super-volcanic eruption, an asteroid impact, a gamma ray burst, a devastating pandemic (that one’s still on the table), even a rogue black hole. But while those are all a vengeful mother nature’s doing, nuclear warfare could only be placed on humanities’ shoulders. Dr. Strangelove or: How IContinue reading “Dr. Strangelove: How Kubrick Made Us Love The Bomb”

This Is Spinal Tap Still Stands Eighteen Inches Tall

The cultural zeitgeist of mockumentaries (or ‘rockumentaries’, if you will), a film doesn’t simply get credited with that title without some of the greatest jokes ever to be told. I don’t think I need to say anymore. But I will, because this would a very boring review if I didn’t. This Is Spinal Tap isContinue reading “This Is Spinal Tap Still Stands Eighteen Inches Tall”

Better Call Saul: A Slow Motion Train Crash

WARNING: SPOILERS I’m back, baby! What has it been? Three weeks? A month? A year? I really couldn’t say, but who cares? And you’re in for a treat today, because what’s a better way to rise from the ashes than with the hit AMC series Better Call Saul? It’s hard to argue that this isn’tContinue reading “Better Call Saul: A Slow Motion Train Crash”

Comedy, Noir Or Altman? The Long Goodbye

In life, when surrounded by some of the horrors of humanity, you can go two ways. Number one is full out Travis Bickle, losing your mind and aiming to wipe all the ‘scum’ off the streets. Not a bad option, and many go for this choice, and they seem too fare well enough. The otherContinue reading “Comedy, Noir Or Altman? The Long Goodbye”

Who’s The Patsy? Logan Lucky

The Italian Job. Reservoir Dogs. Inception. The Usual Suspects. Heist. Dog Day Afternoon. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. The Asphalt Jungle. Angry Birds 2. Hell or High Water. Ocean’s 11. And Logan Lucky? Can we add it to the list of great heist films? Keep on scrolling on down, loyal reader. Keep onContinue reading “Who’s The Patsy? Logan Lucky”

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