For “Manchester Film Festival: Bernard and Huey”

Friendships can last a lifetime, but they can also last for five minutes. Friendships can end, but then resume after years apart. Friends can see friends reverse roles, but for roles to reserve again. In Bernard and Huey, old friends are reunited, but only for disastrous consequences. The origin of Bernard and Huey lies within […]... Continue Reading →


For “Manchester Film Festival: Painted Woman”

James Cotten’s female-led western, Painted Woman, opened the 2018 Manchester Film Festival, and audiences witnessed a presentation of a female hero braking from her constraints and ensuring that the next generation is safer from paedophilia, prostitution and physical abuse. Painted Woman’s plot features two story chapters: one depressing and the other much more uplifting. Opening […]... Continue Reading →

For “The 15:17 to Paris’ Clint Eastwood – Play Misty for Me”

Within the short period between the conclusion of Man with No Name’s story and the debut of “Dirty” Harry Callahan, Clint Eastwood would find himself in the director’s chair for the utterly terrifying drama-thriller, Play Misty for Me in 1971. In terms of recognition, Play Misty for Me is immediately interesting because it falls into […]... Continue Reading →


For “Looking back at… Jingle All the Way”

He was Conan. He was the Terminator. He killed the Predator. In 1996, he fought off a postal worker for a Turbo-Man doll. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this is Jingle All the Way starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Having semi-recently starred in a both comedies (Junior) and action films featuring comedic elements (Last Action Hero […]... Continue Reading →


For “Throwback 20: Maximum Risk”

The year is 1996 and Ringo Lam, Hong Kong’s second-biggest director of its famed Heroic Bloodshed era of glory and gore, had arrived in the USA to team up with Jean-Claude Van Damme – if audiences were expecting a spectacle of roundhouse kicks from Hong Kong to New York City, then they were in for […]... Continue Reading →


For “Review: ‘mother!’ (2017)”

Darren Aronofsky – the director behind Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Wrestler (2008) and Black Swan (2010) – is back with his newest two-hour controversy, mother!, a film that is pure marmite… you’ll either love it or hate it. Opening with the semi-terrifying imagery of a horrifically-burnt individual, mother! presents the story of a boring couple, Him (Javier Bardem) and Mother (Jennifer... Continue Reading →


For “Review: ‘Arrival’ (2016)”

Amy Adams – the best actress in contemporary American cinema – delivers an out-of-this-world performance in 2016’s best science-fiction movie. If a certain election result has ruined your week, then you can quickly remove the despair by watching Arrival. In 2014 on Instagram, I labeled Prisoners as “Quite possibly the best mainstream thriller within the last five years.” Prisoners‘ director, Denis... Continue Reading →


For “Review: ‘China O’Brien’ (1990)”

In both academia and worldwide fandom, the American actress Cynthia Rothrock has been regarded as both the “Queen of Martial Arts” and the “Queen of Video”. After a successful few years in mainstream Hong Kong action cinema, her time had come to be returned home and launched in the American market – this came in the... Continue Reading →


For “Review: ‘Westworld’ (1973)”

Westworld; Director: Michael Crichton; UK Distributor: CIC. Country: USA. Due to the popularity of the contemporary Westworld TV series, I thought that now would be a good opportunity to expose the 1973 film, of which the series is “inspired” by. 1973’s Westworld was written and directed by Michael Crichton, the dude who later wrote the Jurassic Park novel. The story is of two... Continue Reading →


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