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?”

Full Metal Jacket: Born To Kill

Kubrick continues! Crazily, the last film of his reviewed on the blog was back in July with Dr. Strangelove, so it’s welcome to see him return – interestingly, there are some similarities between his 1964 nuclear doomsday satire and Full Metal Jacket, but we’ll get to that soon… The 1987 film focuses on a pragmaticContinue reading “Full Metal Jacket: Born To Kill”

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 Shining: The Perfect Lockdown Viewing?

It’s been interesting that while writing all of these reviews, I’ve been surprised how many have been adapted from books: the likes of Misery, Marathon Man, M*A*S*H and Manhunter. Maybe it’s just because they begin with M, but in order to try and break the funk, I’ve gone for another Stephen King adaptation – althoughContinue reading “The Shining: The Perfect Lockdown Viewing?”

The First Iteration of Lecter – And The Last? Manhunter

Remember The Silence of the Lambs? Neither do I. So you probably don’t recall the first iteration of the Lecter story either – Manhunter. A 1986 thriller, Manhunter is based around Will Graham (William Petersen), who’s recently retired from the FBI – however, after a new case crops up, Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina) calls WillContinue reading “The First Iteration of Lecter – And The Last? Manhunter”

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