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 Silence of the Lambs
Films / Horror / Thriller

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs remains one of the few movies to sweep the ‘big’ Oscars, winning Best Director, Actor, Actress, Writing and Best Picture. Whilst it’s not surprising that the Academy lavished such praise upon the movie – it’s an incredibly well drawn and brilliantly constructed film – what is surprising is that they chose … Continue reading

The Exorcist
Films / Horror

The Exorcist

The Exorcist is widely considered to be the scariest horror movie of all time. William Friedkin’s movie, adapted from William Peter Blatty’s novel, caused a huge stir upon its release in 1973 – audiences were absolutely terrified by it, and to this day, the movie sits firmly atop top ten horror movie lists. But it’s a … 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

Insidious
Films / Horror

Insidious

James Wan’s Saw was an effective little movie, but one which many horror fans agree did more damage than good, issuing in the ‘torture porn’ genre which plagued cinema for the early 2000s. But despite this, Wan is a man who knows his stuff, and his next big movie – Insidious – stands as one of the more effective … 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