Tag Archives: Retrospective

The Goonies at 35: A treasure trove of fantasy, comedy and adventure

We can only imagine the scene at the Warner Brothers offices back in 1983/84. When Steven Spielberg pitched a new film to nervous executives desperate for the Spielberg magic in box office revenues. After all, this was a director who continued to push the boundaries of filmmaking. With E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws …

Muppet Movies: The Essential Collection

Many children of the 1970/80s will have The Muppets deeply embedded in their hearts. Their presence felt through TV, movies, music and theatre over the course the decades proceeding the mid 1970s. However, Jim Henson’s dysfunctional family of foam have of course been around far longer than a mere 45 years. With many early versions of the gang appearing from …

Essential Pick of the Week – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

If Star Wars: A New Hope led to a resurgence of science fiction storytelling in Hollywood. Then The Empire Strikes Back led to the creation of the onscreen saga. Taking the imagination and energy of the first instalment and injecting it with character development, love and diversity. In turn creating so much more than a sequel, as it expanded the …

Creative Films for Kids in Quarantine

We live in challenging times, and nothing can be more challenging than trying to entertain your children during a social and school lockdown. However, it is at times like this that film can offer kids an escape from rolling news coverage and worries. While also allowing their imaginations to run riot in world of possibility. Enabling further play and activities …

Billy Elliot: Still electric at 20

It is hard to believe that Billy Elliot first danced its way into our hearts at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival almost 20 years ago. Not only redefining the power of British cinema, but also challenging and changing social views of class, dance and opportunity. With a sweet, but ultimately powerful dissection of masculinity, sexuality and community that still manages …

A Streetcar Named Desire (Retrospective Review) – A stunning and powerful piece of cinema that still crawls under the skin

Let me take you back to the 24th Academy Awards (OSCARS) of 1951. A year when the film version of Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire found itself bagging twelve nominations. Making Oscar history in winning three prominent categories; Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. However, despite this success two awards evaded the films reach. With the …

Home Alone – The Christmas Miracle

By late 1988 John Hughes had become one of the most powerful script writers and directors in Hollywood. His back catalogue of work including Train, Planes and Automobiles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club to name but a few. However, unlike many other writers and directors, Hughes continued to plough his own unique journey through the Hollywood system. …

The NeverEnding Story – A Fantasia of Grief and Recovery

As a seven year old watching The NeverEnding Story for the first time at my local Granada Cinema in 1984. I found myself swept away by the films fantasy and imagination. While equally suffering a small degree of trauma as Artax the horse was sucked into the swamp of sadness. With this combination of both sadness and joy leaving an …