Film bits and bobs

Batman Begins (2005)

First published by Movie Gazette Since his first appearance in 1939, ‘The Bat-Man’, masked vigilante over the streets of Gotham City, has proved to be an enduring favourite of the … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Dolls (2002)

First published by Movie Gazette. Was still getting my critical chops when I wrote this back in 2003 – makes me cringe more than a little bit reading it now. … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

2046 (2004)

First published by Movie Gazette In Wong Kar-wai’s masterful study of love and loss In the Mood for Love (2000), set in early sixties Hong Kong, 2046 is the number … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Evilspeak (1981)

First published, a long, long time ago, by Movie Gazette You might not know his name, but I guarantee that you will recognise Clint Howard’s face. With his indefinably odd … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Week-end (1967)

Review I wrote æons ago for Movie Gazette – in fact so ancient, it’s back when I was still using the unconscionable p-word… After his extraordinary directorial debut in 1960 with … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Spirited Away (2001)

First published by Movie Gazette Here’s a recipe for an enchanting spell: carefully distil The Odyssey and Alice in Wonderland, add a dollop of Grimms’ fairy tales, a soupçon of The … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hellraiser (1987)

First published by Movie Gazette At its best, horror is one of the most subversive and confronting of film genres, able to tap into our deepest reservoirs of fear and … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cypher (2002)

First published by Movie Gazette Director Vincenzo Natali has followed his claustrophobic debut Cube with Cypher, another tale of labyrinthine entrapment set in the not so distant future. Only this … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Class of 1984 (1982)

First published by Movie Gazette Fresh out of smalltown Nebraska, idealistic music teacher Andy Norris (Perry King) arrives for his first day at the inner city Abraham Lincoln High School, … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wrong Turn (2003)

  First published by Movie Gazette (link lost) While Arabs and the French are, for obvious political reasons, current figures of hate in the US, in general the Hollywood of … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment


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