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

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter US (1978) Dir. Michael Cimino The classic film being struck off the “Overdue First Time” watch list is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. One of two epic films about Vietnam released at the end of the 1970’s - Coppola’s bombastic Apocalypse Now being the other - The Deer Hunter won Best … Continue reading The Deer Hunter

Raging Bull

Raging Bull US (1980) Dir. Martin Scorsese Another one of those all time classics which had eluded me (or maybe I was avoiding it since I’m not a sports fan) but since I have embarked on a recent campaign to find out what the fuss is about regarding these highly revered films, it was inevitable … Continue reading Raging Bull

Mean Streets

Mean Streets US (1973) Dir. Martin Scorsese In Little Italy, Charlie (Harvey Keitel) is an Italian American working for his uncle Giovanni (Cesare Danova) as a debt collector among the world of the New York Mafia but his ultimate dream is to run a respectable restaurant. It is his loyalty to the cocky and unstable … Continue reading Mean Streets

The Godfather Part II

The Godfather Part II US (1974) Dir. Francis Ford Coppola And so to the much lauded sequel. Or is it a prequel?  Actually it’s both although many purists prefer to suggest it is more of a companion piece to its seminal predecessor. Whatever you want to call The Godfather Part II, one thing it can … Continue reading The Godfather Part II