Archive for August, 2011

Richard Widmark (Clint Reed), Paul Douglas (Tom Warren), Barbara Bel Geddes (Nancy Reed), Jack Palance (Blackie). Screenplay by Richard Murphy. Directed by Elia Kazan. Running time: 96 minutes.  Panic In The Streets is a little like Shutter Island: a top draw director taking the break he is entitled to, making a B-movie genre piece for the […]


Blue Valentine

20Aug11

I don’t think I have witnessed an onscreen relationship as convincing, intense and devastating as Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling’s in Blue Valentine, ever. I’m sure there is better somewhere. To try and claim history was made last year would be fantastically naive. Even I don’t get that swept up in the moment. But when I […]


Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange). Rating: 12A. Running time: 130 minutes. So the series comes to an end, and it was supposed to be with a bang: an epic, bloody battle […]


Directed by Michael Moore. Rating: 15. Running time: 120 minutes. So in England when you open a bank account, your incentive is normally a free gift like a USB memory stick, or an overdraft, or a railcard. It turns out Michigan is a little different. There, your free gift is a fucking gun. It gets […]


Cary Grant (John Robie), Grace Kelly (Frances Stevens). Screenplay by John Michael Hayes. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 106 minutes. Oh Hitch, you old genius. Every time I think I’ve devoured your filmography and haven’t missed a trick on your IMDb page, another springs out of the history box and shouts ‘watch […]


Jeanne Moreau (Florence Carala), Maurice Ronet (Julien Tavernier). Screenplay by Roger Nimier. Directed by Louis Malle. Rating: 12. Running time: 88 minutes. It’s strange that so many group Louis Malle with Godard and the New Wave scene. Besides the fact that both were rapidly rising French auteurs beginning to make films in the late 50s, […]


George Clooney (Miles), Catherine Zeta Jones (Marilyn), Geoffrey Rush (Donovan Donaly). Screenplay by Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen. Rating: 12. Running time: 100 minutes. I’m constantly perplexed as to why as moviegoers we feel obliged to cut the Coen brothers so much slack, but I’m […]