Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby is like a fast-spinning glitterball of excess on the cinema screen. With a beautiful cast of clothes horses, arty colourised B&W shots of New York streets and a thumping bass-heavy hip-hop soundtrack, this could easily have been a [...]
In the run up to the 85th Annual Academy Awards announced on Sunday 24th (see below for the winners), we took the opportunity...
On Sunday 10th February 2013, Ben Affleck made me do something I’ve never done before. I cheered at the TV. Twice....
Set in America’s Deep South two years before the outbreak of the civil war, Django Unchained uses the guise of a Spaghetti...
We’ve been waiting a long time for a film about Alfred Hitchcock, so it’s fitting that someone of Anthony Hopkins’ stature should be cast as the great auteur. Focussing on the production of Psycho (1960), Hitchcock’s most successful film that revolutionised the horror genre and became the first ever ‘slasher’ movie, Hitchcock charts the [...]Read more ›
It’s a curious facet of the human psychological condition that we actively seek to do what we’re told explicitly not to. As either a child or adult we’re all familiar with exchanges such as this: “DO NOT touch that!” “But why not, Mum?” “Because I said so!” “But it’s just [...]Read more ›
With over 200 films from more than 90 countries, the 56th BFI London Film Festival can feel like insurmountable territory to the unprepared traveller. A glutton for adventure, we plucked our unsuspecting cinephile, Steve Thompson, from the sanctity of the arts desk and sent him forth. Here he tells us [...]Read more ›