Film: Mad Max (1979) / Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

So obviously it's the roads.  The hot, flat, never-ending roads, the cars and the bikes and the carnage.  This is why you keep going back to the first two Mad Max movies and their low-down, widescreen, undercranked mayhem. Away from the tarmac, what you remember as soon as you start watching is just how off-kilter … Continue reading Film: Mad Max (1979) / Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

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Film: Dressed to Kill (1980) / Mission: Impossible (1996)

The film starts and we are looking over the shoulder of a man watching a screen.  On that screen, in grainy black and white, are two men.  A women lies dead on the bed.  Some sordid business has happened in that room and Brian De Palma is once again reworking the memory of using surveillance to … Continue reading Film: Dressed to Kill (1980) / Mission: Impossible (1996)

Film: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Occasionally things just add up and bring a piece of art to mind that combines all the separate strands.  Lately, I've been spending far too much time engrossed in Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast, particularly the current Blueprint for Armageddon series on World War I and the Logical Insanity episode about the dropping of the … Continue reading Film: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Film: Skyfall (2012)

With the news today that the next Bond film will be called Spectre I thought for a moment about what I really liked about Skyfall, Sam Mendes' franchise reset.  After trying and failing to rewatch the old films (so bad that it seems strange that Roger Moore's Bond didn't have a robot companion), the muddled Casino … Continue reading Film: Skyfall (2012)

Film: ’71 (2014)

So, whilst I try to muster up the enthusiasm to go and watch Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) (I do like the first two films but I can't see how anyone will really care next year) and Interstellar (2014) continues to blow people away, my local cinema rather randomly sneaked Yann Demange's '71 into … Continue reading Film: ’71 (2014)

Film: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge (2013), is a smart little home invasion movie set within the backdrop of a yearly, state-sanctioned, night of lawlessness in which the USA purges itself by heading out into the night with the 2nd Amendment, or whatever comes to hand, to kill.  The interesting thing was that purging worked and the country was … Continue reading Film: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Film: God’s Not Dead (2014)

 So the problems with God's Not Dead are the same as the problems with the current popular (YouTube I guess) discourse around religion; it's not really got anything to do with the topic at hand and a lot of work goes into painting the other side, because it always has to be oppositional, as something … Continue reading Film: God’s Not Dead (2014)

Film: Snowpiercer (2013)

Here's fun. Snowpiercer is a film that throws everything at the wall and sits back content that it all sticks.  It tells the story of a revolt on a train that is carrying the last of humanity following a new ice age, with those at the back fighting their way to the front and every carriage a … Continue reading Film: Snowpiercer (2013)

Film: Interstellar (2014)

After the 'teaser' I tend to avoid trailers for films that I want to see.  I know that I want to see them so what's the point of seeing a collection of the good bits?  And it pays off. Interstellar is an enthralling piece of cinema.  It harks back to the vintage sci-fi of ideas and … Continue reading Film: Interstellar (2014)