BREAKING NEWS ON TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - The Shining is staying put as the best horror film I've ever seen.
As part of my Stanley Kubrick season, I was considering not watching The Shining. I've already watched it and reviewed it twice in the Letterboxd Era (here and here) and I was wondering if a viewing of it would be more or less unnecessary, especially considering I have a watchlist /…
I'm having Goldfinger and then packing it in. OK?
Having found Dr. No to be a fair bit more enjoyable than I remember it being, I actually enjoyed Goldfinger slightly less. I can't really put my finger on why but it's still easily one of the very best Bond films even if 007 spends far too much time in Goldfinger's company for my liking.
A few things:-
* Is it ever really explained why all of Goldfinger's lackeys appear to…
# He used to give me roses.... #
I'm getting there when it comes to Don Siegel's films. I'm very slowly working my way through his filmography (I've seen 11 in total now) and trying to tick off as many of his earlier films as possible first as most of what I've seen from him tends to be from the latter end of his career.
He was always a versatile director, and that has been widely acknowledged. Riot In Cell…
Isn't it helpful when films that have a main character with a terminal disease always let you know they're carking it by having them have a nosebleed?
It just goes to show, really, that even fairly obscure arthouse European cinema cannot help but succumb to the most clichéd of melodrama plots. If this had been made by Hollywood, then it probably would have been nominated for half a dozen Oscars, would star Sally Field and Jennifer Lawrence, and would have…
There are people out there that think the sequel is better. No, really.
Polishing one off my List Of Shame by starting with Mary Harron's one which had hysterical tabloids over here going mad about how disgustingly violent it all is. True to form, it's not even that violent, showing up said hysteria to be stupid in a couple of ways, actually. Not just because it's not that bad but because the fact that almost all of it happens off…
Hmm. I think I underrated this the last time I watched it.
I criticised it for being too slow but I actually think the pacing is fine. It must have been a slightly difficult film to get into at the time because you really don't get told much about Bond and we only had those details delivered to us as the series unfolded - with more being revealed as recently as Skyfall.
But as seasoned Bond veterans, we know the…
Here's a film that got me thinking on a couple of fronts, but not necessarily in a good way.
For a long time I've referred to myself as a big fan of French cinema. Except I'm not. I'm not saying that because I don't like French cinema because, for the most part, I do. But I do feel a bit of a fraud calling myself a French film fan because, for a start, this was my first Rivette.
OK. Which of you fuckers spiked my corn flakes?
Well, clearly reviewing this 'properly' is a task that I envy no-one for. I for one am not even going to attempt it. Instead, I'm going to list a few ways in which this film is weird:-
1) The cat.
2) The watermelons.
3) The music that sounds like a radio being tuned.
4) The fact one of them is called Fantasy.
5) The fact one of them is called…
I tried to watch this for the last six nights but kept falling asleep as I was watching it at bedtime.
I don't know if that was because of tiredness though, or because it's just one of the dullest Bonds of all time. Relatively unthreatening villain, nothing plot, piss poor theme tune and endless boring underwater bits. The bit in the health spa was pretty good but why did I persevere with trying to watch this? Because it's not as if I've not been bored by it about a dozen times in the past.
My youngest brother walked in whilst I was watching this and asked, "What the hell are you watching? Porn?"
Unfortunately, that's not quite the end of my beef with Mann here. Thief is quite possibly the most clinical film I've ever seen. There are absolutely no rough edges on it. When something needs to be done, it gets done. When you know something is going to happen, it happens. And then it ends, in pretty much the way you expect.…
Eyes Wide Shit, more like.
Of course it isn't, it was just me being a silly. I am a bit stuck with Eyes Wide Shut though when it comes to reviewing it. Some films just stump me, and it's usually the really good ones that I find it hard to get going with.
I think perhaps the reason I'm struggling with Eyes Wide Shut is because I can't think of many…