Why I Love… #18: The Wicker Man

Year: 1973 Director: Robin Hardy Stars: Edward Woodward (Sgt Howie), Christopher Lee (Lord Summerisle), Britt Ekland (Willow), Diane Cilento (Miss Rose), Ingrid Pitt (Librarian), Lindsay Kemp (Alder MacGreagor) Genre: Mystery / Musical / Comedy / Horror Mystery. Musical. Comedy. Horror. Does any other film cross those four genres, I wonder? Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, …

Why I Love… #17: Death Proof

Death Proof

Year: 2007 Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Kurt Russell (Stuntman Mike), Rosario Dawson (Abernathy), Vanessa Ferlito (Butterfly), Zoe Bell (Herself), Sydney Poitier (Jungle Julia), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Lee), Rose McGowan (Pam), Tracie Thoms (Kim), Jordan Ladd (Shanna) Genre: Exploitation / Thriller Something tells me this is going to be a hard one to justify for a …

Why I Love… #16: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Year: 2010 Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Stars: Thanapat Saisaymar (Uncle Boonmee), Jenjira Pongpas (Jen), Sakda Kaewbuadee (Tong) Genre: Surreal Film / Drama “Facing the jungle, the hills and vales, my past lives as an animal and other beings rise up before me.” Right, I’ve done a few mainstream, or at least well-known films in a row …

Why I Love… #13: Apocalypse Now

Year: 1979 Director: Francis Ford Coppola Stars: Martin Sheen (Willard), Marlon Brando (Kurtz), Robert Duvall (Kilgore), Dennis Hopper (Photojournalist), Sam Bottoms (Lance) Genre: War Apocalypse Now is one of the most breathtakingly realised descents into hell ever brought to a mainstream cinema audience. Just look at Coppola’s choice of opening shot; a beautiful vista of …

Why I Love… #12: The Ice Storm

Year: 1997 Director: Ang Lee Stars: Joan Allen (Elena), Kevin Kline (Ben), Sigourney Weaver (Janey), Christina Ricci (Wendy), Tobey Maguire (Paul), Elijah Wood (Mikey), Jamey Sheridan (Jim), Katie Holmes (Libbets) Genre: Drama When the topic of conversation switches (as it so often does) to which movie represents American cinema’s most cutting exposé of suburbia’s dark …

Why I Love… #11: That Obscure Object Of Desire

Year: 1977 Director: Luis Bunuel Stars: Fernando Rey (Mathieu), Carole Bouquet (Conchita), Angela Molina (Conchita) Genre: Surreal Film / Drama / Romance I re-watched That Obscure Object Of Desire today, spurred by an evening at the New Theatre which displayed two very different takes on the idea of physically embodying the different traits within one …

Review: J. Edgar

***originally written 9 March 2012*** Hmm. The biopic. Maybe the most thankless of film genres. How do you summarise a life? How do you condense years into two hours? The answer, most often, is that you don’t. You can’t. Which is why so many of them don’t work. They feel like cliff-notes at best. Worse …

Why I Love… #9: Dazed And Confused

Year: 1993 Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Rory Cochrane (Slater), Jason London (Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd), Michelle Burke (Jodi Kramer), Wiley Wiggins (Mitch Kramer), Matthew McConaughey (Wooderson), Parker Posey (Darla), Adam Goldberg (Mike), Marissa Ribisi (Cynthia), Anthony Rapp (Tony), Milla Jovovich (Michelle), Joey Lauren Adams (Simone), Ben Affleck (O’Bannion) Genre: Comedy / Drama Nostalgia. It’s all about …