Why I Love… #61: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Year: 1984 Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Kate Capshaw (Willie Scott), Ke Huy Quan (Short Round), Amrish Puri (Mola Ram) Genre: Action / Adventure Fans of the second Indiana Jones movie, The Temple of Doom, must've been thankful when Kingdom of the Crystal Skull turned out to be such a turkey. Okay, a … Continue reading Why I Love… #61: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

There was a time, a time before Anchorman... But really, who wants to remember that time? Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's first movie about news-reading anarchy has enjoyed the kind of ripple-effect longevity that comedy filmmakers dream of. So it's easy to forget that, on release, the first Anchorman was not considered a success; the reviews were … Continue reading Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Why I Love… #60: The Lion In Winter

Year: 1968 Director: Anthony Harvey Stars: Peter O'Toole (Henry II), Katharine Hepburn (Eleanor of Aquitaine), Anthony Hopkins (Richard), John Castle (Geoffrey), Nigel Terry (John), Timothy Dalton (Philip II), Jane Merrow (Alais) Genre: Period Drama For it's Christmas setting I deliberately held off covering The Lion In Winter until now in an attempt to make the essay's … Continue reading Why I Love… #60: The Lion In Winter

Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug

It's that time of year again. Getting taken back to Middle Earth by the trusted hand of Peter Jackson has become a sort of yuletide treasure in itself, such is the fondness with which we remember seeing his Tolkien adaptations at Christmas time. It's an element of sweet nostalgia that served Jackson well last year … Continue reading Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug

Review: Carrie (2013)

The variable quality of Stephen King adaptations should probably be kept in mind here. The popular novelist's work can hardly be said to have made it to the screen consistently. Sure, there are notable successes (Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the efforts of Rob Reiner or Frank Darabont), but more often than not we're presented with incredibly … Continue reading Review: Carrie (2013)

The Best of 2013

The top ten Upstream ColorFrances HaLike Someone In LoveThe Act Of KillingBefore MidnightNebraskaOnly God ForgivesBlue Is The Warmest ColourGravityPost Tenebras Lux Film Of The YearUpstream Color "From its angelic score to the sun-bleached visuals, the film slides through the viewer’s mind as though airborne, weightless and in some way transcendent. I’m aware of exactly how … Continue reading The Best of 2013

Review: Nebraska

Alexander Payne films sort of sneak up on you. Working to a different tempo than most other notable American directors today, Payne offers the prospect of gentle comedy, only to underpin his stories with heartfelt depth and wryly subversive observations. He seems particularly adept at reflecting the humdrum of everyday life, while at the same … Continue reading Review: Nebraska

Review: Blue Is The Warmest Colour

Abdellatif Kechiche's film, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year and general powerhouse of praise, is about love. Big deal, right? So many films are about love, aren't they? No. By comparison most films present us a shiny, glossy, A4-page advertisement for love, with the edges softened using Photoshop, the subjects framed awkwardly … Continue reading Review: Blue Is The Warmest Colour