On Rango (2011)

If I asked you to name a western where the characters were all sunburnt and were cast to stock-character type, you would normally be right to think of Sergio Leone’s widescreen epics.    To this fine company you should now add the excellent Rango (2011), an anthropomorphic spaghetti western starring an animated chameleon, voiced byContinue reading “On Rango (2011)”

What Can Spanish Cinema Teach Us?

The label ‘foreign language film’ tends to summon up images of worthy arthouse fare and the repackaging of other people’s culture under the safe prejudiced assumption that cinema is solely the preserve of the English-speaking world. This patronising label unfairly reduces great talent and innovative films to minority interest and novelty.   Let’s pick twoContinue reading “What Can Spanish Cinema Teach Us?”

On The Believer (2001) – The Only Good Film About Faith

The Believer (2001) is a simple story of a modern Neo-Nazi but unlike American History X, this isn’t a tragic redemption story. No, the twist in this tale is the protagonist is a Jew. The story is about Danny Balint, a young man committed to the Nazi ideal. It starts with him beating a youngContinue reading “On The Believer (2001) – The Only Good Film About Faith”

David Lynch’s Finest: Lost Highway

The first time I saw Lost Highway I was coming off a Twin Peaks high. Clearly, I had a dark niche somewhere in my soul that a diet of BBC sitcoms, 80s sci-fi fantasy and Clint Eastwood shoot ’em ups couldn’t fill. ‘Allo ‘Allo, Ghostbusters and High Plains Drifter only get a mind so far.Continue reading “David Lynch’s Finest: Lost Highway”

In Defense of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Let’s talk about the Lynch film nobody saw and less people remember. In Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, you missed a masterpiece by one of cinema’s true masters. Let me tell you why. Anyone who was there at the time will remember the hype around Twin Peaks: the surrealist filmmaker behind Eraserhead, The ElephantContinue reading “In Defense of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”

On To Have and Have Not – Lauren Bacall’s Finest Moment

Who was the girl, Steve? The one who left you with such a high opinion of women? Legend goes that Howard Hawks was so confident in his ability to make great movies he bet Hemingway he could make a winner from the worst of his novels. The result was To Have and Have Not (1944).Continue reading “On To Have and Have Not – Lauren Bacall’s Finest Moment”

Why Modern Cinema Needs David Cronenberg.

Mr Cronenberg’s films were of the type distinctly not welcome in our house growing up. They were the sort my parent’s slave mentality would call dirty films. Not good or bad artistically. Dirty. Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986), Crash (1996) and eXistenZ (1999) are movies that totally affront the values of mainstream society. I imagineContinue reading “Why Modern Cinema Needs David Cronenberg.”

Nuking the Fridge: An Opinionated Spielberg Retrospective

As Spielberg’s most famous character is currently being revisited without him, I feel it is time for an opinionated retrospective. The mainstream press holds on Spielberg’s every cinematic word (looking at you, Empire). Everyone sings his praises. Who wouldn’t want to sit and chat movies with Spielberg? Who wouldn’t want to be this guy? IContinue reading “Nuking the Fridge: An Opinionated Spielberg Retrospective”