Review: Oculus

There's a certain level of expectation that comes with mainstream horror releases these days. A list of assumed tick-boxes that you can check off when going to see one. For better or worse of late a lot of these have been championed by James Wan of Insidious and The Conjuring fame, yet even he works from a … Continue reading Review: Oculus

List: My 301 Favourite Movies (20-1)

Day Five. The top 20. My desert island films. I could watch pretty much any of these films any time. The reasons for their appeal vary; I'll get into that a little bit. But these are the ones that, for whatever reason, stir my spaghetti. Okay, enough prerequisite preamble. Let's just do this! 20. The … Continue reading List: My 301 Favourite Movies (20-1)

List: My 301 Favourite Movies (50-21)

Day Four brings us right up to the edge of the top 20, so the movies featured here are prized, one and all. This is also, perhaps, where the list gets most personal, identifying the titles that particularly make me tick (however damning that may be...) But, before we continue, a brief word on the notable … Continue reading List: My 301 Favourite Movies (50-21)

List: My 301 Favourite Movies (100-51)

Day Three and we're into the top 100... As previously I'd like to stress that this is a personal list of the films that make me tick. It's not meant to be the final word in what's worth seeing. More a statement of my taste at this particular point in time. Making lists is fun. … Continue reading List: My 301 Favourite Movies (100-51)

List: My 301 Favourite Movies (200-101)

Day Two of this mammoth, self-indulgent countdown and I'd like to address a fair criticism of both Empire's list and certainly of mine. Both sets of films lean heavily on recent releases. It'd be nice to be fair, give equal share to decades past. Have as many movies from the 30's as from the 00's. … Continue reading List: My 301 Favourite Movies (200-101)

List: My 301 Favourite Movies (301-201)

So, Empire magazine recently performed a reader's poll for their 301st issue, taking the public's temperature on what are the best films of all time. As expected the results were varied and - such is the nature of a public vote - heavily skewed to crowd-pleasing blockbusters, especially in its top section. There's nothing wrong … Continue reading List: My 301 Favourite Movies (301-201)

Review: Grace Of Monaco

There's a point around an hour into the Coen Brothers' adaptation of No Country For Old Men when Sheriff Ed Tom Bell tells Carla Jean Moss the story of a cattle rancher whose misuse of a pneumatic bolt gun cost him the full use of one of this arms. Carla Jean regards him dubiously across a … Continue reading Review: Grace Of Monaco