Movie Review – The Thing From Another World

The Thing From Another World US (1951) Dir. Christian Nyby In the event of an alien invasion, whom would you side with - the scientists wanting to learn from these intergalactic visitors or the military who see them as a threat without evidence and want to blow them to pieces? Maybe there is a middle … Continue reading Movie Review – The Thing From Another World

Movie Review – Top Hat

Top Hat US (1935) Dir. Mark Sandrich Jumping to conclusions, as the aphorism goes, is the only way some people get exercise, yet can be quite harmful when an issue is contested without possession of the full facts. Embarrassment and humiliation as well as collateral damage are the usual results, all of which could be … Continue reading Movie Review – Top Hat

Movie Review – The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther US (1963) Dir. Blake Edwards Anyone reading this of a certain vintage will have two images in their mind upon seeing the title The Pink Panther - either the madcap antics of the inexplicably ranked Inspector Clouseau or the silent cartoon character with his own TV show who drove a flashy sports … Continue reading Movie Review – The Pink Panther

Movie Review – School For Scoundrels

School For Scoundrels UK (1960) Dir. Robert Hamer Nice guys always come last - I should know (or at least I hope people think I’m a nice guy, but I digress), having spent my life watching total arseholes get everything while I sit in my dark corner alone. The real question is whether such shameful … Continue reading Movie Review – School For Scoundrels

Movie Review – Lilies Of The Field

Lilies Of The Field US (1963) Dir. Ralph Nelson One good turn deserves another, or so they say, yet getting people to fulfil their side of the deal is a job in itself. Some people might appear to be taking the mickey by taking advantage of someone else when in fact they have a reason … Continue reading Movie Review – Lilies Of The Field

Movie Review – The Exorcist

The Exorcist US (1973) Dir. William Friedkin Another horror classic for which I am late to the party, but in my defence, it was banned here in the UK for a huge chunk of my youth and never shown on TV until after 1999, by which time I had moved on. A sign of the … Continue reading Movie Review – The Exorcist

Movie Review – The Graduate

The Graduate US (1967) Dir. Mike Nichols “Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?” I recall first watching this film many years ago and was left wondering what all the fuss was about. Since it was screened on BBC 1 the other night, I decided maybe I should give it another go, now … Continue reading Movie Review – The Graduate

Movie Review – The Titfield Thunderbolt

The Titfield Thunderbolt UK (1953) Dir. Charles Crichton Governments are supposed to work for the people and ensure the country runs smoothly and that everybody has a good, healthy life. So why is it they end up serving themselves instead and screwing it up for the rest of us? At least there is one thing … Continue reading Movie Review – The Titfield Thunderbolt

Movie Review – The Pure Hell Of St Trinian’s

The Pure Hell Of St Trinian's UK (1960) Dir. Frank Launder In Blue Murder At St. Trinian's, the second film in the series based on the cartoon strip by Ronald Searle, the ghastly girls of the titular school ran riot across Europe. With world domination assuredly not far behind, this time they set their sights … Continue reading Movie Review – The Pure Hell Of St Trinian’s

Movie Review – Blue Murder At St. Trinian’s

Blue Murder At St. Trinian's UK (1957) Dir. Frank Launder One the key things about comedy films is how they are the easiest genre to suspend disbelief for, otherwise we’d never enjoy them. Take the St. Trinian's series for example - with its reputation as the worst run, least performing, and most troublesome school in … Continue reading Movie Review – Blue Murder At St. Trinian’s