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”

The Usual Suspects Plays Dirty, But Only The Most Stylish Can Get Away With It

SPOILERS! The ending of any story is usually what we remember most vividly: the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes; the head in the box in Se7en; the “Forget it, Jake” line in Chinatown; Tony Montana’s little friend in Scarface; the chilling look from Norman Bates in Psycho; or that infamous closing ofContinue reading “The Usual Suspects Plays Dirty, But Only The Most Stylish Can Get Away With It”

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?”

Never Forget Chinatown

Back in the 1970s, they used to make films for adults. The French Connection, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, The Godfather: Part II, and, of course, Chinatown. There’s not many films that go as bleak and dark as this. And that’s got to be a reason to love it. Chinatown is about J.J. “Jake” GittesContinue reading “Never Forget Chinatown”

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”

Moreish Mare of Easttown Proves You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

Well, this show has been all the rave recently, and in my typical fashion, I went into this one hoping that I’d be able to go against the tide and rip Mare of Easttown to pieces. Unfortunately, I won’t be doing that, but it’s not exactly a laudation either… Mare of Easttown is all aboutContinue reading “Moreish Mare of Easttown Proves You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing”

How Mindhunter Makes Conversation More Frightening Than Blood

I know I’ve been on a bit of a ’70s run recently, with the likes of The Long Goodbye, The French Connection, The Parallax View and Marathon Man, so I thought this would be a nice change of gear with recent Netflix series Mindhunter. But, ah ha! I’ve fooled you, because Mindhunter is actually setContinue reading “How Mindhunter Makes Conversation More Frightening Than Blood”

The Awesome Bleakness Of The French Connection

This happens to be a great film, yet also an action film, yet also with a deep, dark message. How? In the modern age, it’s sad that all of those are basically exclusive from one another. But, back in the early seventies, The French Connection was just about ready to revolutionise cinema. The story isContinue reading “The Awesome Bleakness Of The French Connection”

The Prospect Of Death Drives Us To Greatness: Hannibal – Series 2

You can find the review for Hannibal – Series 1 here, and, as usual, there will be SPOILERS Well well well. After a stodgy series 1, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikklesen) return for a second, and I have to say my hopes were high. Were expectations met? Or brutallyContinue reading “The Prospect Of Death Drives Us To Greatness: Hannibal – Series 2”

Parasite: Sensational Or Sensationalised?

I’m going to try and keep spoilers to a minimum in this review because if you haven’t already seen Parasite, watching it without knowing anything will make it a far more entertaining experience. Enjoy! Recently, I got a very good present – a book of 1001 movies you have to watch before you die. So,Continue reading “Parasite: Sensational Or Sensationalised?”

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