Review: Countdown

Director: Justin Dec Stars: Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman At the time of writing there's a news cycle that won't die; a stir caused by Martin Scorsese calling comic book movies 'theme park rides' instead of real cinema. It's become the question to ask anyone in the business who'll answer and, as such, objectivity when … Continue reading Review: Countdown

100 Favourite Films – A Personal List

I'll try not to go on. I'll try to be brief. But there are 100 films here, so this may run long, you understand? It's been five years since I last drew up a top films list on The Lost Highway Hotel (that list, in mockery of Empire magazine, ran to 301 films). A lot … Continue reading 100 Favourite Films – A Personal List

List: 50 Greatest Horror Films (25-1)

Let us continue then. Compiling this list hammered home for me the diverse nature of the beast at hand. Horror has so many subcategories. Vampire pictures. Zombie pictures. Portmanteau films. Found footage. And horror arrives at different tempos. There are the zany comedies. The restrained chillers. The gonzo gorefests. The brutally nihilistic. And, as in … Continue reading List: 50 Greatest Horror Films (25-1)

List: 50 Greatest Horror Films (50-26)

October, capped as it is by Halloween, is the month most routinely turned to for horror. Some of you out there may even be entertaining yourselves with the 31 days of horror challenge that rattles routinely around social media this month. I've been contemplating a best horror films list for quite a while now, always … Continue reading List: 50 Greatest Horror Films (50-26)

What I Listen To: 50 Albums Of The Decade So Far Pt. II

Without further ado or the ambling opening paragraph, let's do this.   25. Earth - Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I My personal favourite of Earth's tremendous 'second phase' which started with 2005's Hex: or Printing In The Infernal Method. There's a dusty slowness to AOD, DOL I. Great. So what, right? That's what Earth do. … Continue reading What I Listen To: 50 Albums Of The Decade So Far Pt. II

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)