Fight Club
Comedy / Drama / Films / Thriller

Fight Club

Fight Club has an interesting backstory. Its author, Chuck Palahniuk, had previously written Invisible Monsters, which was deemed too disturbing by his publishers, who subsequently rejected it. Having something of a dark sense of humour, Palahniuk decided to write an even more disturbing novel, a novel which could never be published, and Fight Club was born. The idea came … Continue reading

Only God Forgives
Drama / Films / Thriller

Only God Forgives

Nicolas Winding Refn’s and Ryan Gosling’s previous collaboration, Drive, was a great critical success and has in the years since its release developed a vast cult following. The appeal of that movie hangs primarily on its mixing of genres, with Refn treating B-movie material with an A-movie focus and pushing style, atmosphere and emotion through fantastic, … Continue reading

Taxi Driver
Drama / Films / Thriller

Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese remains one of cinema’s strongest filmmakers, best known for classics such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Mean Streets, with Taxi Driver standing out as the high point of his career. Taxi Driver, directed by Scorsese but written by Paul Schrader,  is a phenomenal movie, often found at the top end of greatest ever lists, and with good reason … Continue reading

Boogie Nights
Comedy / Drama / Films

Boogie Nights

The 90s were a remarkable time for movies – the rise of indie studios like Miramax, New Line and Lions Gate lead for a new cinematic wave, with numerous original, intelligent and very well made movies gracing the screen. The decade has a lot in common with the 70s – the pre-Star Wars years, before the … Continue reading

Mulholland Drive
Drama / Films / Thriller

Mulholland Drive

David Lynch is one of the world’s most unique filmmakers, crafting unusual, dream-like movies, heavy on symbolism and atmosphere. Mulholland Drive is perhaps his greatest movie, second only to Blue Velvet; it’s a tormented, erotic, neo-noir fantasy, and it’s fascinating to watch. The movie actually started life as a television show – ABC wanted another Twin Peaks, and commissioned Lynch … Continue reading

Life of Pi
Action/Adventure / Drama / Films

Life of Pi

What sets Ang Lee apart from most modern directors is his versatility – over the past couple of decades, the man has worked across a number of different genres and delivered great results each time. From Austen adaptation Sense and Sensibility, to interesting comic-book failure Hulk, action-wuxia classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and gay romantic drama in Brokeback Mountain, there’s … Continue reading

Amélie
Comedy / Drama / Films / World Cinema

Amélie

Every now and then, a film is released which manages to completely restore your faith in cinema. Such films revel in the craft and stand up proudly against the classics of old, with a shining, original confidence which brightens the day of cinematic critics around the globe. Jeunet’s Amélie (in French, Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie … Continue reading