Ex Machina: You like what you see?

Ex Machina (2015) certainly holds your interest. This was a film I had wanted to see for a while and finally sat down to watch it a few weeks ago. For me, it moves the AI narrative on a bit - away from the silliness of robots merely invading humans and more into the advances... Continue Reading →

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A classic never goes out of fashion

My Fair Lady (1964) is one special film. A stellar cast and the most wonderful musical score. Quite simply, it is a masterpiece. I first watched this film when I was about eight-years-old. Dad took me to see it in the Croydon Clocktower, now known as The David Lean Cinema. What struck me then are... Continue Reading →

Who’s your greatest female character in film?

This popped up on my Twitter newsfeed the other day: The 100 greatest female characters in movies, and it caught my attention because I covered the topic of strong, female fighters in film as part of my university dissertation. So I've had a quick look through the list, and while I'll admit that I haven't... Continue Reading →

It doesn’t chase, It Follows

There's something about the filming of It Follows (2014) which made for addictive viewing without the need for gore or over-the-top chase sequences. Also, the camera wasn't afraid to linger a little longer, particularly in unnerving 'quiet' scenes, which built up the suspense and had me reaching for a cushion to hide behind on more... Continue Reading →

The best 100 films?

Merry Christmas! In case you missed it, the top 100 best films of the 21st century to date have been revealed. https://twitter.com/Independent/status/812680235074273280 This list has been compiled by 177 film critics from 36 countries. What are your thoughts? Any you think they've missed? These are the ones that I agree with (maybe not so much... Continue Reading →

Reintroducing Victor Victoria

Aaah, welcome to the 1930s. Elaborate clothes, stylish hair, the development of the motor car, Art  Deco, and all that JAZZ! Victor Victoria (1982) transports you back in time to 1930s Paris complete with a wonderful musical score and lively dance sequences. Starring the irreplaceable Julie Andrews in the lead role, this musical is what... Continue Reading →

New Carrie versus old Carrie

I was first introduced to the 1976 Carrie by my film studies lecturer at university and was impressed by Sissy Spacek's portayal of a fragile teenage girl unaware of her great strength which, like a ticking time bomb, gathers pace throughout the film before reaching an unforgettable crescendo. The film made a real impression on... Continue Reading →

Nothing to fear but fear itself – The Babadook

It's been a long time coming, but I'm delighted to say that The Babadook (2014) was successful in creating terror without showing too much of the monster itself. It reminded me so much of the techniques used to build up to the monster's introduction in Jeepers Creepers (2001), where glimpses of the horrifying being were... Continue Reading →

Django: I like the way you die, boy

Phew! This is one vengeance film with a.t.t.i.t.u.d.e but I wouldn't expect anything less from the one and only Quentin Tarantino. Django Unchained (2012) is his playground and he certainly brought out the big guns! Django (Jamie Foxx) is a complicated sort of character who you sort of warm to and sort of don't. On... Continue Reading →

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