Category Archive: Films essays and Opinion

“I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been” – Is Dustin Hoffman right?

Two time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman recently made the bold claim that the film industry has never been worse than it is now. Speaking to The Independent Hoffman bemoaned the state of… Continue reading

Oscar 2015 Predictions & Why Birdman Has to Win Best Picture

The Oscars are upon us once again, that glitzy annual ceremony which masquerades as an accurate barometer of the last year’s best films. Anyone who argues otherwise only need be silenced by the… Continue reading

Following from a Nascent Nolan

While innovative, hugely popular big budget blockbusters are Christopher Nolan’s staple these days, life wasn’t always so glamorous for the English director. Sixteen years ago, Nolan made his foray into feature-length filmmaking with… Continue reading

Targets (1968): A Real Portrait of a Serial Killer

Cinema, by its nature, is a distortion of reality, often in glorified and bombastic fashion and never more so than in the depiction of serial killers. Cast your mind back to the last… Continue reading

About Schmidt’s Ending: What’s in Cinema’s Love for a Happy Finale?

*Note that there are indeed spoilers for About Schmidt…as the title would imply* Being unemployed, and probably unemployable, I’ve allowed myself the luxury of ploughing through old films like Quinten Tarantino in a… Continue reading

Dreamboats, Petticoats and Rebels Without a Cause: The 1950s Suburban American Dream

“Suburbia…is a manifestation of such fundamental characteristics of American society as conspicuous consumption, a reliance upon the private automobile, upward mobility, the separation of the family nuclear units, the widening division between work… Continue reading

The Latest Picture Show’s rating system explained…sort of…

One of the underappreciated nuances of tackling film reviews is understanding the reviewer’s ratings system. While the words on the (web) page give the clearest indication of what the all unknowing critic is… Continue reading

An Ideal for Film: JG Ballard’s The Drowned World

Novelist JG Ballard is so clever he’s managed to wangle a spot in the dictionary: World English Dictionary Ballardian (ˌbælˈɑːdɪən)  adj 1 of James Graham Ballard (born 1930), the British novelist, or his… Continue reading

The Oscars- Who’s going to Win?

After spending the last week frantically watching the remaining Oscar nominees I’m finally in the position to cast judgement on who’s going to be blubbering over a little gold man at Sunday’s 86th… Continue reading

The Latest Picture Show’s Top 10 of 2013

As tedious and overused end of year lists are they are undoubtedly popular, despite the limited choices and inevitable overlap. Seeing as I’ve probably reviewed all my choices on here already I’ll just… Continue reading