American Gigolo: What’s Behind The Mask?

With Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter set to get its theatrical release here in the UK on the 5th of November, marking the return of the giant after 2017’s First Reformed, is it not surely time to return to one of his most underrated, cult classics? Clear the floor people: here comes American Gigolo. TheContinue reading “American Gigolo: What’s Behind The Mask?”

The Maltese Falcon: The Proud Parent Of Huston, Bogart And Noir

In my Treasure of the Sierra Madre review, I remarked upon the incredible age of the classic, which, at the time of writing, clocked in at 73 senior, but still felt as contemporary as ever. Here, two of it’s cinematic legends in Humphrey Bogart and John Huston return with The Maltese Falcon, and can goContinue reading “The Maltese Falcon: The Proud Parent Of Huston, Bogart And Noir”

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”

Forget Die Hard: Remember 12 Monkeys

SPOILERS! Day 5? I’ve lost track. But here we are people, and this should be a good one: 12 Monkeys focuses on James Cole (Bruce Willis), a convict in the year 2035, who is sent back in time to try and work out the cause of a virulent disease that wiped out five billion humansContinue reading “Forget Die Hard: Remember 12 Monkeys”

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”

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: The Completely Unfathomable Enigma

Day three of the apocalypse, boys and girls, and isn’t it swell! I’ve always thought you could categorise films in four groups: eternal classics; enjoyable watches; trashy, yet watchable; and, obviously, complete and utter burning balls of fermenting garbage. But here’s a question: could a film possibly be all four? We may have a contender.Continue reading “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: The Completely Unfathomable Enigma”

Blade Runner: A Beautiful Nightmare

And the themed week begins! It was a very close run thing on what to decide on, but a decision had to be made. Don’t worry if it your choice wasn’t picked this time – there were some great suggestions, and I’ll be sure to return to some of them. But here we are, people.Continue reading “Blade Runner: A Beautiful Nightmare”

Sweet Smell Of Success: Mackendrick Goes To Hollywood!

In 1955’s The Ladykillers, we’d seen Scottish director Alexander Mackendrick reach his best yet. But suddenly, Ealing Studios was closing. So what does a promising director do? He goes to Hollywood, boys and girls. He goes to Hollywood. Sweet Smell of Success is the story of sleazy, fast talking, “cookie full of arsenic” press agentContinue reading “Sweet Smell Of Success: Mackendrick Goes To Hollywood!”

Out Of Sight… Out Of Mind?

It was 74 days ago when I reviewed Logan Lucky (if you can believe it), but I was never going to be done with Soderbergh. So I decided to return to the quirky, bald filmmaker with 1998’s Out of Sight… Prolific banker robber Jack Foley (George Clooney) escapes from custody, only to be seen byContinue reading “Out Of Sight… Out Of Mind?”

The Godfather Of Thrillers: The Silence of the Lambs

Have the lambs stopped screaming, all these thirty years later? Certainly not. The Silence of the Lambs remains as ominous as it ever has, and still best watched with a nice glass of Chianti. Can’t get your hands on some? I guess this review will have to do then. The Silence of the Lambs needsContinue reading “The Godfather Of Thrillers: The Silence of the Lambs”

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