All posts by Rob Simpson

The Gate

Laika films have a remarkable position in modern cinema, not only are they keeping the wonder of stop-motion animation alive for the next generation, much like Aardman here in the UK, but they are also being the flag bearer for gateway movies. Between Paranorman, Coraline,

The Final Master

In interviews, Jackie Chan has admitted again and again that he prefers working in Hong Kong over America, he has stated that in his native Hong Kong the camera is an observer in any action scene, watching the events take place, allowing the performers to

Sword of Doom

The title of any given movie is supremely important, as many adage’s state first impressions matter and for any film that title is where we make that impression. Looking at the UK catalog of Criterion, we can separate a movie title into two camps –

A Touch of Sin

For the longest of times, the idea of Chinese film didn’t really stretch past the borders of Hong Kong and its legendary action cinema. It’s only been in recent years that mainland China has found its way onto the global market, and for a country


Whether or not he was the best director remains to be seen, when the topic of the Giallo comes up one of the first names to come up is Dario Argento. Even if his career took a near-legendary nosedive in the late 1980s-early 1990s, his

New World

Crime movies are a captivating microcosm, there are vast differences to be found depending on where in the world a specific title was made. When you go further afield than American and British there are big differences too be found. Hong Kong Crime Movies saw

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

Is there a scene more ingrained into the popular consciousness than the shower scene from Psycho? That question is answered by Documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe in his film 78/52. He applies a laser focus on those 78 setups and 52 cuts to discuss this watershed

The General

In 2016, Eureka re-issued their wonderful collection of Buster Keaton shorts and in that not only can you find the genesis of big-screen comedy, you can also find the work of a man experimenting with effects and stunt work decades ahead of its time. Two


Reality is something to be surpassed in horror. The promotional line of being based on a ‘true story’ is something which is used as a basic inspiration point as illustrated by the original Amityville and Conjuring movies or the countless identikit exorcism films using this

House of Wax (1953)

James Cameron has a lot to answer for, off the back of Avatar’s success film fans have been subjected to a decade of shoehorned 3D features. The only films still clinging on to this concept are the superhero mega-blockbusters, otherwise, 3D has well and truly