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Horror movie speed dating or the simple pleasures of the physical

I’ve already established my love of John Carpenter, so I’ll establish this early on, The Thing is my favourite John Carpenter film. Like Alvy Singer I’m glad we got that out the way, n...

A map of forbidden places or Michael Mann’s grand open-top bus tour

There’s something about seeing ‘that’ film at the cinema. Not as a re-release, the magic and influence has already been instilled, I mean fresh, the shock of the new. You’re sitting there in a darkened...

It’d be just fine to have our own boat or they are few and we are many

John Sayles bucks the system. Not in a militant sense, he doesn’t fight it in the way Alex Cox does. They burn brightly but get eaten up or badgered into obscurity (Cox has struggled with finance sin...

January 27, 2018

According to the Collins English Dictionary body horror is ‘a horror film genre in which the main feature is the graphically depicted destruction or degeneration of a human body or bodies’, which although generally speaking is a fair enough assessment,  lacks the demen...

November 27, 2017

Pissing blood or Freuds henchman loves his work

In my head there is a holy trinity of American noir, each marking out its own territory like some ill-tempered alpha wolf prowling in the dark, as well as each displaying its own particular take on the well-worn motifs and...

July 26, 2017

It’s as simple as the title really, because as good as old Charles Foster Kane is i’m sure you know enough about him already…

Badlands

(dir. Terence Malick, 1973)

So if some débuts are those unique, sealed-in-a-void, one-off, never to be repeated works, the difference wit...

June 1, 2017

(dir. John Carpenter, 1987)

A Director’s Royal Rumble or The Siege Films In Our Atoms.

Although it’s often maligned and even more regularly abused, I love genre. I love it because it can be a structure and a conduit for big ideas, at its very best the biggest ideas, with...

May 3, 2017

In Memory Of Our Pagan Past or A Short Cinematic Autobiography Of The Author

I speak for myself here, but I’m sure it will apply to many ardent film viewers that there are movies which rearrange the way you think about film. They often correlate with different moments i...

April 1, 2017

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

(dir. Ken Loach, 2006)

Like Costa-Gavras it was inevitable this list would include Ken Loach and out of the dozens of films from his catalogue, it was inevitable we choose the most controversial one. Like his earlier film Land and Freedom,...

February 25, 2017

Have you ever had that feeling you have when you love something so much, and see it for everything it’s worth, and yet the world does not join you? When you feel so alone in your unbridled adoration of overlooked art, that you almost feel sorry for the masses of ignora...

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