The Dreamers
Drama / Films

The Dreamers

Some forty years ago, director Bernardo Bertolucci made Last Tango in Paris, a taunt and claustrophobic movie focusing on the obsessive and heavily sexualised relationship of its leads, Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider. It was a great controversy in the early 70s, but became something of a critical benchmark, leading to Bertolucci shot up as … 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

The Birds
Films / Horror

The Birds

The Birds is widely considered to be Hitchcock’s last great movie, and like Psycho, it’s a movie which has been endlessly unpicked since its release in 1963. It’s a movie which has fascinated critics and influenced movie-makers for numerous decades, with iconography well established within pop culture; even people who haven’t seen The Birds will feel like they have. … Continue reading