Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Ugetsu: “Mizoguchi, Japan’s most elusive master director”

For all that Kenji Mizoguchi tends to be introduced as one of Japan’s post-war triumvirate of great filmmakers, along with his younger contemporaries Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, the evidence for such claims has been poorly distributed. This is partly due to the majority of

The Prisoner: “Guinness’s War of the Words”

For my money, Alec Guinness is one of the greatest British character actors of all time. No matter if he was playing the buck-toothed Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers, or the wise and mysterious Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, Guinness always brought elegance, wit, and

Kolobos: “soft satire, but hard gore”

Let’s spin back to summer, 1999; Big Brother launches in the Netherlands, the public is slowly becoming acclimatised to words like “webcam” and “JPEG”, and the two big horror talking points – Ringu and The Blair Witch Project – take the genre’s regular voyeuristic concerns

Ray & Liz: “Trading Memories of a Working Class North”

The Black Country born photographer and artist Richard Billingham first came to fame in the mid to late 1990s, when his award winning photographic collection of his working class parents formed part of Charles Saatchi’s YBA exhibition, ‘Sensation’. At the height of what was known as

Possum: “a bleakness from beyond the darkplace”

Part [The] Babadook and part David Lynch fuelled nightmare, Matthew Holness’s directorial debut, Possum, is as bleak and oppressive as psychological horror gets. Unfortunately, I get the impression that Holness would’ve been better suited turning Possum into a portmanteau film rather than a feature of

The Boys In The Band: “After Stonewall, Before Pride”

He may be associated with the tough, transgressive American cinema of the 1970s, but there’s a part of William Friedkin that would have made a first-rate Old Hollywood journeyman. Peers like Francis Ford Coppola and Paul Schrader have recently been making personal, self-penned projects, but