Drive
Films / Thriller

Drive

It’s hard to believe that Drive initially started as an action vehicle for Hugh Jackman before landing in the hands of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn – a man best known for his brutal Pusher trilogy – with Ryan Gosling firmly established in the lead role. The film, based on James Sallis’s unusual and dark crime novel, … 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

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

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

James Bond Retrospective: From Russia with Love
Bond / Thriller

James Bond Retrospective: From Russia with Love

Though Dr No had been a huge success, the Bond franchise wasn’t yet fully formed. And whilst the second movie, From Russia with Love, didn’t quite set the future Bond template (that would come with the third film, Goldfinger) it did go some way to securing the franchise. From Russia with Love is a considerably more complex and more confident film … Continue reading