Category: Film

Top Secret!

From the sublime to the (absolutely) ridiculous. After watching Casablanca last night I had the extremely random urge to put on Top Secret! This is a 1984 piece featuring a very young Val Kilmer alongside the likes of Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, and Michael Gough who are clearly there...

Casablanca

Continuing my new-found drive to watch films and TV series I’ve heard about all my life from people I respect but have never actually watched – or watched them at such a young age I have no proper “adult” memory of them – I found myself last night loading...

The Deer Hunter

Growing up, you hear all about movies from the previous generation that, for one reason or another, you never actually get to see. The Deer Hunter, released the year I turned three, is one such movie. It’s been talked about in reverent tones by various people all my life,...

Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Having already smashed through parts one and two of Fear Street, I find myself about to comment on the third and concluding chapter. Did it live up to expectations or did it poop the bed? Let’s dive in. As we knew at the end of Fear Street Part Two:...

Murder on the Orient Express

You may have already seen my comments on Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun; two Hercule Poirot films produced by John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin. Murder on the Orient Express predates both of these films and was the first time Brabourne and Goodwin teamed up to...

Fear Street Part One: 1994

Where to start with this one? Let’s see… I presume one target audience for this is people who loved things like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, back in the 1990s. I can’t speak directly to that because… I never saw them. Yep, at the ripe...

Public Enemies

I wasn’t much in the mood for gangster films when Public Enemies opened in 2009. I couldn’t say why. In the past I’d quite enjoyed the odd gangster flick including the all-time classic The Untouchables in 1987 and Goodfellas in 1990 – a movie that was Rated-R, yet a...

The Journalist

I was skipping through Amazon Prime’s movie list and, don’t ask me how, found a 1979 Australian movie I’d never hear of called, The Journalist. I was a little surprised by this as it stars Jack Thompson – a really well-known Australian actor of the 70s and 80s in...

Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians is an interesting sort of film. The poster has Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, and Mark Rylance in 19th century French-style military clothing. They all look tense, like they’re about to be in a battle together – presumably with the aforementioned barbarians. Rylance looks like a...

Evil Under the Sun

If you’ve already read my thoughts on Death on the Nile, you’ll know how I came by Evil Under the Sun. I bought them on DVD at the same time, in a bid to (re)capture seeing the former as a tiny child. The latter, however, I had no memory...

Death on the Nile

Although I will regularly cite The Empire Strikes Back as the first film I actively remember seeing at the cinema, back in 1980, to the degree that I can even remember the exterior and interior of the cinema itself, Death on the Nile hangs around as something I might...

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

With the fifth Indiana Jones film going into production recently, I thought it might be fun to take a step back to 2008s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  At the time of release I felt the film was OK but ultimately a bit of a let...

Army of the Dead

I’m not much of a zombie film fan. There, I said it. In pop culture this makes me very weird, apparently. But I’ve literally never seen the appeal. Whenever I’d watch one I’d think, “Oh, this is basically the same as the last one… and the one before that…”...

Bill & Ted Face the Music

There have been some films in my lifetime where I’ve seen them in empty theatres, with absolutely no buzz in the media – or among friends – before or after, yet I have loved them utterly and, over time, they have become cult classics. The first Austin Powers is...

Midway

When I was small, I’d visit one of my aunties and, while she took tea and talked with my mum and grandmother, I’d amuse myself with whatever was around the house, including a full-size poker machine my uncle kept in a spare room. It’s probably due to playing on...