Today is the 60th birthday of American actor and director John Turturro. Born in Brooklyn, New York to a father who worked as a construction worker and a mother who was an amateur jazz Inger, both of whom were Italian immigrants. Turturro’s screen début was an uncredited non-speaking role in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980) ..
Despite a somewhat dodgy reputation for producing mostly b movies and formulaic entertainment, it has in fact brought us many great and acclaimed movies, right from classics like Nosferatu (1922) and The Haunting (1963) to the recent The Babadook (2014). Although it is the genre most rarely represented at the Oscars we have chosen five that ..
There are an enormous amount of movies based on novels, and especially romance novels. There is something about the visual aspect of the media of film which makes it perfect for showcasing the many, many great love stories born on paper. It is hard to read the line ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’, without ..
30 January 2017 marked the 80th birthday of one of Britain’s veteran actresses. Vanessa Redgrave was born in Greenwich, London to actor sir Michael Redgrave, whose cinematic début was the male lead in Hitchcock’s excellent early thriller The Lady Vanishes (1938), and actress Rachel Kempson (Tom Jones, 1963). Her birth was announced to the father (and audience) by ..
The first part of our review of 2016 will be the most depressing one; a final goodbye to the ones we lost during the year. Last year was a tough one, and we lost several iconic cultural figures, some after a long life, some after long illness, some suddenly, and some much ..
Steven Spielberg is without doubt on the most influential figures in the history of cinema. He has not only impressed and captivated audiences with cinematic masterpieces, he has managed to combine filmic quality with top-notch entertainment value. Hi highly popular film have defined the Summer blockbuster and his long collaboration with film composer John Williams has left ..
With a total of 24 official Bond films (and counting) there is bound to be a couple of directors whose names appear more than once, but John Glen holds the record as the director with most Bond films under his belt. 5 James Bond movie in total, 3 with Roger Moore and 2 with Timothy ..
It’s November which in recent years has meant Movember! This event sees thousands of men growing out their moustache over the course of the month to raise awareness of men’s health issues. In honour of all the fathers, brothers, sons, boyfriends, and husbands of this world, we thought we would do our part to raise awareness ..
A subgenre to ‘buddy movies’, in which two people (often both men) are put together, the buddy cop movie sees the same concept, except at least one of the two are a member of the police force trying to solve a crime. The two are often of very different personalities opening up the opportunity of ..
There is something so fitting about horror stories for anthology movies. Fear is based on such basic instincts (see the article about Why People Love Scary Films) that it doesn’t take long to build up a story designed to freak you out. Whether it is sitting around a campfire telling spooky stories in the dark or ..
In the history of horror Cinema, the contribution made by Universal Studios is staggering. The notion that werewolves are repelled by silver and that Frankenstein’s monster was created by electricity, more specifically lightning, were both invented by the writers at Universal and have now become public lore. The studios began producing horror in the silent era ..
When Man started to communicate, his conception of the physical world quite naturally became limited to what he was able to communicate. He thus became part of a new kind of “reality” as an individual, who could be called upon to act in a responsible, predictable way. Behavior, in short, became personality – or ..