Retrospective

From the Archive: Making Montgomery Clift

Making Montgomery Clift was originally published on the 30th March 2019 On the 23rd July 1966 Montgomery Clift died of heart failure at his New York apartment aged 45. Leaving behind a legacy of world-class film and theatre that pushed the boundaries of masculinity on screen. In the years following Clift’s death, a picture was painted of a man struggling …

Full Metal Jacket arrives on 4K UHD Blu Ray

Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war masterpiece arrives on 4K Blu Ray on 21st September 2020. Based on Gustav Hasford’s 1979 novel “The Short-Timers,” Full Metal Jacket was produced and directed by Kubrick from a screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr and Hasford. The film’s impact and message as vital today as it was on its cinema release in 1987. In a movie that …

The Letter (1940) – Bette Davis on trial for murder

I doubt there is an opening scene in any film that pulls you in quicker than Bette Davis storming out of a house while unloading a full clip into a man; seemingly without any remorse. Directed by William Wyler, ​The Letter​ is, in my opinion, the finest of the three collaborations between Wyler and Davis. With a plot based on …

Bloody Monday: Back to School Special – The Faculty / Slaughterhouse Rulz / Tormented

September 2020 Bloody Monday is back with a ‘Back to School’ special. Celebrating the end of summer and the return to desks, smartboards, hormonal tantrums and excitement. So grab a desk as we look back at three great school-based horrors to start the new term. From The Faculty (15) to Slaughterhouse Rulz (15) and Tormented (15). The Faculty (1998) What …

Quick Flicks (September) Misbehavior / Jawline / Climax / Happy as Lazzaro / Destroyer / Duplicate / Spud

September 2020 Edition Looking for something to watch tonight? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our monthly pick of great movies old and new, without the long review. Instead, these quick recommendations offer a summary of our thoughts alongside details of the movies length, certificate and genre. So settle back for this months selection, including Misbehaviour, Jawline, Climax, Happy …

The Captain: Prey becomes predator as war ends

The Captain is available to stream or buy on all major platforms now, including Amazon Prime Video from 4th September. The year is 1945, and the end of the Second World War in Europe is just weeks away. The German war machine all but collapsing into chaos as men desperately flee the horror of battle. Despite it being April the landscape is …

From the Archive: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

First published Saturday 4th May (2019) Ted Bundy was one of the most notorious serial killers of modern American history. Viciously murdering and raping over 30 women that we know of during the 1970s. However, during much of that time, Bundy had a female partner. A woman who has often been sidelined as a victim of his manipulation, multiple personalities …

Make Way For Tomorrow: An American classic that inspired Tokyo Story

“Thanks, but you gave it to me for the wrong picture”  These were the words of director Leo McCarey upon accepting his best director Academy Award for The Awful Truth in 1937. The picture he referred to – and often proclaimed as his finest – was Make Way For Tomorrow released the same year. However, for some inexplicable reason, Make Way For Tomorrow …

The Painted Bird (2019) and Come and See (1985): The horror of War through the eyes of a child

Back in February, I sat in a press screening room in central London; the film was a comedy/drama. The type of light frothy movie that proves to be a crowd-pleaser in most multiplex’ across the UK. Next to me sat a fellow critic, and as we waited for the screening to start our discussion naturally focussed on recent films we …