Category Archives: Film

Heroes of Comedy: Groucho Marx

  Last month’s tribute to Woody Allen got me thinking: about one of my own comedy heroes. What would you get if you took Woody Allen and toughened him up with a little acid wit and the smoke of several … Continue reading

Filed under Culture, Film

Skyfall: Why Britain still needs Bond

Born in the 1960s, Ian Fleming’s James Bond came to the screen against the backdrop of a Britain reeling from post-war austerity, the decline of Empire and Commonwealth and the emergence of the new major world powers of the United … Continue reading

Filed under Film

Fright Night: Our Halloween Film Favourites

Halloween isn’t just for kids: it’s also a great excuse to dust off some great horror movies or catch them on the TV. The horror genre encompasses some great cinema, whether you are a hardcore horror fan or a more … Continue reading

Filed under Film

Review: The Bourne Legacy (2012)

  Ok – let’s get something out of the way from the start. Something we should all be able to agree on. Jason Bourne does not appear in Bourne Legacy (other than in fleeting references). The film does not directly … Continue reading

Filed under Film

Review: Prometheus (IMAX 3D)

  I went to see Prometheus at the Odeon with high hopes, if not expectations: I’m a huge fan of Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi films Alien (1979) and Bladerunner (1982), and the Alien franchise in general – particularly James Cameron’s … Continue reading

Filed under Film

Retrospective: John Boorman

1972 is perhaps remembered by many film historians as the year that Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather won the Academy Award for best picture, securing with it its place near the top of the list of great American cinema forevermore. … Continue reading

Filed under Film

Retrospective: Why Jaws might just be the perfect movie. . .

by Ian Foster At five years old I was too young to see Jaws on its theatrical release in 1975, but nevertheless I do have memories of it: playground chatter and rumour based upon experiences of older kids or siblings; … Continue reading

Filed under Film