Category Archive: Films essays and Opinion

‘Based on a True Story’- The Alternative Realities of Cinema

“Based on a true story”, the five immortal words ushered on to cinema screens that act as a subconscious stamp of authenticity and quality for the oncoming story, innocently accepted with the utmost… Continue reading

The Odd Couple: Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese Ostracised by the Oscars

One of 2013’s most enduring cinematic sagas was the latest Scorsese and DiCaprio collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street. The release delays, extensive cuts, rating disapprovals, heckling at Oscar screenings and a new… Continue reading

Why Are Films Based on Video Games Universally Awful?

Super Mario Bros, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, Hitman, Prince of Persia, Street Fighter, Max Payne and Tomb Raider, what do they all have in common? They started out as, and many continue to… Continue reading

Pondering a Film Adaptation of Morrissey’s Autobiography

Cinema loves a good adaptation, they always have and always will, in fact often it seems that without the age old delights of the written word there would be no films, such is… Continue reading

Film Directors in TV and Failings of Cinema

The emergence of readily available televisions in the 1950s coupled with the joys of mass consumption meant terminally bad news for cinema, abruptly destroying the pre-war golden age of film going. Attendances plummeted… Continue reading

Celebrate the New Season with these Footballing Films

Great news, football is back! Horray! Sod enduring England’s tropical heat wave, it’s time to plonk yourself down in front of the TV to revel in goals galore with your old mates on… Continue reading

Ryan Gosling: A Career of Unfulfilled Potential?

With Only God Forgives hitting the big screen this week (in the UK) and being Ryan Gosling’s last film (bar an untitled Terrence Malik film) before his acting sabbatical it seems appropriate to… Continue reading

Are Superheroes Ruining Hollywood?

This weekend marks the release of The Wolverine, the latest in not only the X-Men franchise but also in the all-conquering Superhero genre. The crime fighting, spandex wearing heroes have become a foregone… Continue reading

‘Easy Rider’ as a Reinvention of the Western Genre

Through a reinvention of the Western genre ‘Easy Rider’ examines the central contemporary preoccupations of New Hollywood; such as the failures of American Society with anti-hero protagonists suffering from alienation, disillusionment with the… Continue reading