The Purge.

When the premise of a film is so intriguing and original, there is an immediate pressure upon the project and its delivery. When it is a good idea that forms the base of a movie, everything piled upon it has to be equally sturdy in order for an audience to accept and enjoy what they … Continue reading

Sleepers.

When one great performance dominates a film, such as Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of Raymond Babbitt in Rain Man, it is not easily forgotten. Yet, occasionally, when several great actors unite in a piece of work and consistently balance and complement one another, it is often the case that we forget such a film as there was not … Continue reading

Museum Re-Vamp.

I was recently lucky enough to be invited to a blogger’s evening event at The National Media Museum in Bradford. A group of 15-25 of us were treated to an exclusive after hours look around the two exhibitions that the museum is currently hosting and were given a literal taste of what the new dining … Continue reading

To Kill a Mockingbird.

  Remaining loyal to a book is a braver feat than we may automatically presume. Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is the latest adaptation of a piece of classic American literature and he has been both criticised and commended for his personal take on one of America’s most beloved novels. It seems, these days, many film makers are … Continue reading

Personal Collections.

Today I got round to organising the mountain of films that dominate my bedroom shelves. Sorting out my DVD collection turned out to be as enjoyable as it was frustrating. The mammoth task, that was filtering and reordering my films, has lead to me contemplating about how it is that we present our passion for … Continue reading

Carrie.

In recent years we have been exposed to countless remakes of horror films. The majority of the horror films that are being churned out seem to be “re-imaginings” of American horror films from the nineteen seventies. Rob Zombie’s dull reworking of John Carpenter’s Halloween has led to the birth of a completely new and separate franchise of the terrifying … Continue reading

Minority and Memory.

Spielberg’s Minority Report contains some of science fiction cinema’s most accurate depictions of future technology. The film’s realistic vision of 2054 emphasises some of the moral questions that the film decides to asks. Precrime, a company dedicated to eliminating murder and violent crime from the streets, use three gifted individuals, named pre-cogs, to predict murders and arrest … Continue reading

A Single Man.

Tom Ford’s A Single Man is swimming with emotion and heartbreak. The wonderful performances, combined with a striking depth of character, brings everything that was wonderful about Christopher Isherwood’s novel to cinema. The beautiful cinematography adds a charm to the film which is perfectly contrasted by the woe and tragedy of the story and the life of … Continue reading

As You Wish.

Rob Reiner is one of my favourite film directors. His overall body of work boasts some real highlights of modern cinema. This is Spinal Tap remains the most intelligent and hilarious mock-umentary film ever made, with Woody Allen’s Zelig being an honourable runner-up. When Harry Met Sally re-invented the romantic comedy and emphasised the importance of a witty script and complex … Continue reading

BIFF Highlights: 2013

After a splendid few days at The National Media Museum, my time at Bradford’s 19th International Film Festival drew to a close. Having already reviewed several of the events and screenings I attended, my reflections on the festival have already begun. With so much going on at the festival it is tough to identify my … Continue reading