The Magnificent Seven – brothers in arms

I have a confession to make: before yesterday, I had never watched The Magnificent Seven (1960). Quite how this happened, I'll never know...But it was worth the wait! What a dream team Yul Brynner ('Chris') and Steve McQueen ('Vin') make and they had a great little bromance going on. If you've ever watched Westworld (1973),... Continue Reading →

She who dares – Mary Queen of Scots

Two historical figures of great wonder come together in the visually striking Mary Queen of Scots (2019), directed by Josie Rourke. The casting of Saoirse Ronan (Mary Stuart) and Margot Robbie (Queen Elizabeth I) was spot on and the costumes and scenery were breathtaking. I would deem this film a career-defining moment for both actresses... Continue Reading →

Turning the page on Chernobyl Diaries

I happened to watch Chernobyl Diaries (2012) in two parts, picking up from where I left off about six months later. Is it a good scare?  Yes. Is it well structured? Yes, mostly... Why this film works as a horror is down to the geographical setting in the abandoned city of Pripyat, close to the... Continue Reading →

Gone Girl: she was never really there

Gone Girl (2014) has an interesting plot with sinister intentions but I'm not convinced it's a great thriller. This is why I'm about to read the book by Gillian Flynn to see whether the film is the poor relation rather than the storyline itself. There's nothing wrong with the acting; Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne) and... Continue Reading →

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 →

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