Category: Film

Waiting for Guffman

Christopher Guest is best known for playing Nigel Tufnel, the lead guitarist of the rock band Spinal Tap in This Is Spinal Tap but has had such a huge career in film outside of that role that it must sometimes frustrate him to always have the reference come up....

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

I’m a Batman fan through and through, but I don’t pretend to have read or seen everything Dark Knight related. Even something like Gotham by Gaslight, which is a really well-known one-shot from 1989 is something I knew of, and was quite interested in because of the premise/setting, but had...

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

If you’ve read what I’ve had to say about Batman: The Killing Joke, you’ll already – unconsciously – know a lot of the background to how I also came across the original version of The Dark Knight Returns. Basically I was in my teens, I liked Batman, and I had...

Batman: The Killing Joke

When I was a kid of maybe 13-ish or 14-ish, there was a one-shot Batman graphic novel called The Killing Joke which I thought was the bomb. I was just the right age to think 60s Adam West Batman on TV was absolutely ridiculous (although truth be told, I’d...

From the Sky Down

I was inspired by Achtung Baby’s 29th anniversary the other day to pen a few words on the LP; something that I didn’t know was coming up on the calendar. It just happened and in the best way, whoosh, the words came out. Meanwhile, a good month or so back,...

It Couldn’t Happen Here

In late 1987 I was absolutely taken with the Pet Shop Boys’ cover of Always on My Mind. The band were already well established in pop, and the upbeat cover of the Elvis song sounded fantastic. To top it all off, it had an absolutely bizarre video clip with...

Eight Days a Week

I’ve been a Beatles fan for as long as I can remember and, as well as the actual music, I grew up with a lot of ‘supplemental material’ that informed my fandom for the group as well. Reference books were the big one, but my older brother also had...

The Red Baron

I recently re-watched The Red Baron, a German-British film from 2008, and with it being set during WW1 and today being Remembrance Day, what better time to talk about it and its themes? First up, the most striking thing about this film is that it exists at all. Movies...