Tag Archives: Classic Film

Review: No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Coen Brothers are two of the most distinctively voiced American filmmakers working today. Nobody else creates bleak mediations on existence or bittersweet morality tales quite like them at the top of their game. Their only Best Picture Academy Award … Continue reading

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30s Review: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Why do they keep trying to make Robin Hood gritty? Robin Hood is supposed to be fun! Folk heroes bring cultures together by passing on stories and teaching us lessons about ourselves. Trying to force a modern tone on them … Continue reading

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50s Review: Rear Window (1954)

Alfred Hitchcock loved screwing with his audience. From the many Macguffins scattered throughout his works to killing off protagonists halfway through and making us doubt our own perceptions, he used pretty much every twist and trick in a skilled director’s … Continue reading

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10 Years On: The Dark Knight (2008)

With my latest look back at the staying power and impact of a key film, I have to address an elephant in the room. Everything about THE DARK KNIGHT, even after a decade is still overshadowed by Heath Ledger’s tragic … Continue reading

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80s Review: The Shining (1980)

Most people’s first thought of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING will be one of three images: the ghost girls, the woman in the bath and Jack Nicholson axing his way through the bathroom door. Few western horrors, except for perhaps THE … Continue reading

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90s Review: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS has been a firm favourite of mine for a long time, one of those I’d always stop for if it was playing on TV late at night, and try as I might, be helplessly drawn … Continue reading

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30 Years On: Withnail and I (1987)

There are few films out there that will make me laugh myself to tears every time I watch them. Monty Python does, as does Mel Brooks, but as I’ve mentioned before, I also have to add the gem that is … Continue reading

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20 Years On: Trainspotting (1996)

It’s that time again: enough sand has passed through the hourglass of eternity to discuss another classic in retrospective fashion. This week marks the 20th Anniversary of TRAINSPOTTING, Danny Boyle’s striking adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s game-changing novel about Edinburgh heroin … Continue reading

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40 Years On: Jaws (1975)

On 20 June 1975, something came from the water to change the landscape of summer movie releases forever. 40 years on, and, rubber shark aside, JAWS is still an astounding piece of filmmaking, a masterpiece that bridges classic Hollywood and … Continue reading

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