Knives Out

Knives Out US (2019) Dir. Rian Johnson Families - we meant to love them unconditionally but they sure know how to push our buttons like nobody else, maybe even enough to drive us to murder. Well hopefully not, that would be terrible but then again there are some twisted people out there, especially if there … Continue reading Knives Out

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three US (1961) Dir. Billy Wilder “Any world that can produce the Taj Mahal, William Shakespeare, and Stripe toothpaste can't be all bad.” You’d think that but there is always something to spoil the good things in life, and it is usually politics. The Cold War and the bifurcation of Germany in the … Continue reading One, Two, Three

Joker

Joker US (2019) Dir. Todd Phillips “Everybody is awful these days. It’s enough to make anyone crazy!” The black sheep of the nominees for Best Film at this year’s Oscars has divided opinion and will no doubt to continue to do so. It’s a film that breaks a few rules, one being a comic book … Continue reading Joker

It Chapter Two

It Chapter Two US (2019) Dir. Andy Muschietti Sequels are often hard depending on the success of the first film and the story being told, whether it is continuing an overarching plot or progressing a singular franchise. For It Chapter Two, it is more a case of the former but has a lot to live … Continue reading It Chapter Two

Battling Butler

Battling Butler US (1926) Dir. Buster Keaton The things a guy will do to impress a girl. The great thing about cinema is the field is wide open to explore this to the enth degree and beyond, and better still, the innocence of simpler times make it even more fun. Privileged Alfred Butler (Buster Keaton) … Continue reading Battling Butler

Fedora

Fedora Germany/US (1978) Dir. Billy Wilder There is a heavy price to pay for fame. Many struggle with the loss of privacy as a public figure, which they then lament when they later become invisible; others overindulge once the royalty cheques arrive and end up back to square one financially. The worst toll fame can … Continue reading Fedora

The Conversation

The Conversation US (1974) Dir. Francis Ford Coppola Back in the 1980s, the four hosts of hidden camera TV show called Game For A Laugh would sign off saying, “Watching us, watching you, watching us, watching you”. It was a cute slogan to get us to tune in to watch others be pranked but it … Continue reading The Conversation

The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch US (1955) Dir. Billy Wilder Yes, the one with THAT scene of Marilyn Monroe in the white dress standing over the air vent. It’s an iconic moment that has spawned a million imitators (Monroe herself even recreated it sans underwear for a photo shoot a couple of years later) but what … Continue reading The Seven Year Itch

In The Heat Of The Night

In The Heat Of The Night US (1967) Dir. Norman Jewison North vs. South, a clash that will continue to divide countries until humanity is no more. But is it really necessary? It is bad enough enmity exists between different countries and continents because of geography, for it to be an issue within one’s own … Continue reading In The Heat Of The Night

The Son Of The Sheik

The Son Of The Sheik US (1926) Dir. George Fitzmaurice It’s the same old story - boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl fall out, boy whisks girl away to be his slave… okay maybe that last bit isn’t quite the norm, and definitely wouldn’t fly in 2020 (except maybe … Continue reading The Son Of The Sheik