Watching The Girl On The Train Watching The Girl…

So maybe I watched this one too soon after seeing the recent Brian De Palma documentary De Palma (2015) after watching a run of De Palma movies.  Maybe I'm too big a fan of the 90's films where Micheal Douglas' manhood (mental and physical) and some shlocky plotting act as a gateway for a really interesting … Continue reading Watching The Girl On The Train Watching The Girl…


Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

As summer action movies go the 5th instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise is a fun couple of hours in the cinema.  From the spectacular, vertiginous opening set-piece, which almost equals the Burj Khalifa climb from the previous film, to a finale which pays of some well placed character beats, the film hits all the … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

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 Fury (1978)

Sitting somewhere between Carrie and Scanners, The Fury is equally captivating and distracting. Brian De Palma delivers staggering set pieces (a slow motion escape and a rear projection utilising 'vision' really stand out) and his trademark 70's/80's callousness is on full show but the untamed ideas just need herding in the right direction. It might … Continue reading Film: The Fury (1978)