Halloween
Films / Horror

Halloween

Halloween was not the first slasher movie – before its release in 1978, there was Hitchcock’s Psycho, which generated some of the tropes, and in 1974, there was Black Christmas and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the latter two in particularly coming up with the teen focus, masked killers, and concepts such as the final … Continue reading

Platoon
Action/Adventure / Films / Thriller

Platoon

There are, arguably, four big movies about the Vietnam war – Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket, and Platoon. These are the movies which have come to define the event in public consciousness, though the big four themselves – directed by, in order, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino, Stanley Kubrick and Oliver Stone … Continue reading

Top 10 Movie Opening Sequences
Features

Top 10 Movie Opening Sequences

Openings in movies are important. A great opening sequence can generate atmosphere and mood, and gets the audience excited for what’s to come. Essentially, a film’s first scene or title sequence goes a long way towards confirming, and keeping, the audience’s attention, and there have been countless movies which have personally hooked me within the … Continue reading

A Clockwork Orange
Comedy / Drama / Films

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange has an infamous history. Anthony Burgess wrote the original novel back in 1962, over a three week period in order to beat a terminal brain-tumour which never quite lived up to it’s promise. The novel was unusual – a dystopian fiction detailing the life of a rapist and murderer and told in … Continue reading

Pan’s Labyrinth
Films / Horror / Thriller

Pan’s Labyrinth

Ask someone today about fairy tales, and they’ll probably describe simple children’s stories; fantasies about princesses and monsters which contain no real sense of threat or danger – just little fictions to help babies sleep at night. The prince will always save the day, the witch will always be vanquished, and the kingdom will always … Continue reading