Archive for May, 2011

Harvey Keitel (Charlie), Robert De Niro (Johnny Boy). Screenplay by Madrik Martin and Martin Scorsese. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 112 minutes. Scorsese’s debut, De Niro’s debut, the beginning of a beautiful friendship. That’s Mean Streets, and following its main character Charlie and his spiritual inclinations, we should probably thank God it […]


Gregory Peck (Philip Green). Screenplay by Moss Hart. Directed by Elia Kazan. Rating: PG. Running time: 118 minutes. Martin Scorsese has a new documentary out that you’d be excused for being oblivious of given the poor publicity, but perhaps that’s an inevitable consequence of how niche and personal it is: there’s hardly a sea of […]


Cary Grant (Roger O. Thornhill), Eva Marie Saint (Eve Kendall). Screenplay by Ernest Lehman. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 131 minutes. North by Northwest is absolutely outrageous. It’s cinema at its largest, most marvellous, most emphatic. It’s barely over 2 hours long but feels like it goes on for 4, and you […]


Sally Hawkins (Poppy), Eddie Marsan (Scott). Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rating: 15. Running time: 118 minutes. Happy-Go-Lucky is an odd title for a film that’s quite pleasant, but also annoying and disturbing in equal measure. I never quite believed that Mike Leigh would be capable of making the feel good film this […]


Tom Cruise (Lt. Daniel Kaffee), Demi Moore Lt. Commander Joanna Galloway), Jack Nicholson (Col. Nathan R. Jessep), Kevin Bacon (Capt. Jack Ross), Kiefer Sutherland (Lt. Jonathan Kendrick), Kevin Pollak (Lt. Sam Weinberg). Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. Directed by Rob Reiner. Rating: 15. Running time: 138 minutes. If the lawyer’s life is really as A Few […]


Jon Finch (Richard Blaney), Barry Foster (Robert Rusk), Alec McCowen (Chief Inspector Oxford). Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: 18. Running time: 116 minutes. So this is how Hitchcock films would feel if censorship had never existed and he’d got his way all along. Frenzy is a very odd experience to say […]


Jean-Louis Trintignant (Marcello Clerici), Stefania Sandrelli (Giulia). Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Rating: 15. Running time: 107 minutes. Studying Plato recently as part of my philosophy degree, I was stunned to find a crucial commentator on the Republic claiming the best way to understand the allegory of the Cave is to watch Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist. […]