Back for more? Outstanding. With this level of fine, highbrow journalistic content, I've no idea why I'm still doing this for free. If you've arrived at this page randomly, well done, you're reading the crazed ramblings of a man spending his day watching all four Free Willy films. Two to go. This page will cover my exploits with Free … Continue reading Willython: All Free Willy, All The Time (Part 2)
Hi. Welcome to another one of these things I said I'd never do again. My usual stance of credit-where-credit's-due and looking for the loftier intentions in all things cinema are temporarily suspended while I marathon an improbable or just plain idiotic franchise to see exactly how steep the downward curve of watchablity is. Because it … Continue reading Willython: All Free Willy, All The Time (Part 1)
Prince died last week and I, like many others I would imagine, watched Purple Rain. A little personal context if you'll permit me. I always respected but never particularly pursued the man's music (shamefully I count myself among those now moved to make up for this past neglect). His loss didn't feel as strangely significant to me … Continue reading The Strange Magic of Purple Rain
Back when it was released around this time in 2014, I was perhaps unduly harsh on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, largely citing it as a movie designed to rearrange the pieces on the board for Joss Whedon's second Avengers film Age Of Ultron and therefore something of a stop-gap instead of a satisfying experience in its … Continue reading 180: The Durability Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I live in two minds about award ceremonies. On the one hand picking the best anything is an act of futility. Taste has so much to do with it. So because of that they seem indulgent and overblown, at worst self-congratulatory acts of excess when so many more vital things warrant the cost and attention. … Continue reading The Lost Highway Hotel Awards 2016
And so onto the top 25. My favourite films to have appeared this decade so far. A couple of these might require justification. Mostly though they ought to speak for themselves. If anything compiling this list has made me very hopeful for the five-or-so years ahead. If they provide us with this many gems we'll … Continue reading List: 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far (25-1)
I try not to do lists too often on here, as I'm almost constantly making them in my personal life (it's an issue I'm comfortable with). They can seem like filler material, and too many posts of that ilk render all of them pointless. Last year, at my most indulgent, I attempted to compile a list of … Continue reading List: 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far (50-26)
Aaaaaand we're back. I'm making good time on this today (I have evening plans, believe it or not). At this rate the aforementioned oven foods may not be needed at all. And despite Bring It On Again, I'm still optimistic that there's some fun to be had here. We've got a lot more ground to cover … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Bringitonathon Part 2
It's April 5th 2015. I've been woken up by church bells calling the faithful to celebrate(?) Easter. I'm not a religious person, so instead I'm sat in a room, alone, with all five Bring It On films for the latest in my often-masochistic occasional series of franchise marathons. I'm about to watch all five in a … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Bringitonathon Part 1
Something's been nagging me, and it only seems to be getting worse. Or, more accurately, more prolific. There's been a lot of good poster art recently to lure people to part with their cash and go to the cinema, especially in the US. Teaser posters in particular are designed effectively to pique the interest of … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Why Are Distributors Afraid Of Good Art?
Here at the Hotel I have a different approach to Christmas. Sure, there are the classics. It's A Wonderful Life, Die Hard, Gremlins etc, etc. But a tradition of sorts has also appeared of going back to the least Christmassy of yuletide films. Essentially, if you're not one to deck the halls with whatever but still like to theme … Continue reading The Lost Highway Hotel’s Alternative Christmas
Forging ahead because I feel like if I take any kind of significant break here, I'll simply give up and go back to sleep for the day, I've got three Twilight movies to squeeze in to the remainder of this hungover Sunday. Timewise, I'm well on track to get this done, but New Moon especially has dampened … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Watching The Entire Twilight Saga Back-To-Back Part 2
First there was Fast & Furious. Then there was Step Up. Now, for some stupid reason, I'm going to watch the entire Twilight saga back to back in a single day. 10 hours and 8 minutes of, well, whatever it is. Something about vampires and werewolves maybe? The truth is, as derided as these films are... I've never seen … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Watching The Entire Twilight Saga Back-To Back Part 1
First of all may I start by saying how I love both of these franchises as separate entities, especially the Alien franchise. I've said it before, I'll say it again; it's my Star Wars. I love the aesthetics, from HR Giger's perverse xenomorph designs to the workman like industrial feel of this vision of space travel forefronted … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Is AVP: Requiem The Worst Film Of All Time?
And so, after a slightly longer break than expected, I'm back with these Step Up films. The hangover has, if anything, intensified, and I'd really rather be having a nap if I'm honest. But I've lost too much time already. I'm practically making a mockery of the term back-to-back as it is. So without further ado, … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Watching 4 Step Up Films (Nearly) Back-To-Back Part 2