Film Archive (111)
Dear readers, I would be hard pressed to think of a current, A list filmmaker who is able to convey an ocean of building dread quite like David Fincher. Beginning with his breakthrough second film, the serial killer nightmare of "Se7en" (1995),
Euston Films produced highly successful series’, for example Van der Valk, (1972–1973, 1977, 1991-1992) The Sweeney (1975 - 1978) and Minder (1979 - 1994), and other highly rated ones such as Special Branch (1969-74), Widows (1983-85) Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983) and a few more . Much of their drama was gritty, usually set in the underworld or fringes of society, all shot on location, as opposed to a studio set, offering a more film style production to their drama.
Ferdy Fox here, connoisseur of the frighteningly fantastic and the morbidly macabre. Summer in the big city – and there has to be a jolly good reason for me to leave my bar stool in my favourite Soho watering hole.
But I feel a stirring, a call of nature addressing my primal instincts deep in my loins. It’s telling me I should be somewhere. Then it came to me. It’s the August bank holiday week-end, the time of year when FrightFest rolls into town.
© Words Scott Powhatan Collins
Dear readers, I have long mentioned to you that I am experiencing quite a hefty bout of comic book movie fatigue. But if you happen to be regular visitors to this site, you will also notice that despite my fatigue, I do tend to keep seeing these films so really, in some ways, I only have myself to blame. I guess what I am trying to say when I do mention my sense of comic book movie fatigue is that the presence of a new motion picture based around a comic book character does not inherently excite me or make me want to race to the movie theaters for three explicit reasons.
© Words Scott Powhatan Collins
I have a strong feeling that even for some of the most adventurous movie goers out there, this film will be especially confounding.
Once the end credits scroll completed at the conclusion of "Under The Skin," the latest film from Director Jonathan Glazer, I truly began to wonder exactly what in the hell I was going to be able to write to you. Indeed, I was tremendously affected by the film which is uncomfortable, unsettling, disturbing, and downright creepy as well as visually arresting and completely unlike anything I have seen since the inception of Savage Cinema. It is not a film that I can honestly say that I liked or even disliked, for that matter. But it is unquestionably an effective film that will certainly challenge your perceptions of what exactly a motion picture experience can actually be.
© Words Dennis Munday. Ronchi Dei Legionari, Gorizia, Italy
When the ‘pint’ sized Mickey Rooney died on April 6, 2014, it was truly the end of an era. Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920, the son of vaudeville performers Joe Yule and Nell Carter. He first appeared on stage as part of the family act, at the age of 17 months, playing a mouth organ. They were divorced when Rooney was seven, and when his parents separated in 1924, his mother took
him off to Hollywood.
© Words Laurence Marcus
Tony Hancock had been appearing in just such a radio, 'All-Star Bill', when the series producer, Roy Speer was taken ill. His replacement, Dennis Main Wilson, unhappy with the shows content, enlisted the writing talents of two relatively unknown, but talented newcomers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Then in 1953, Galton and Simpson, knowing that the BBC were anxious to give Hancock his own starring vehicle, came up with the concept of a rather pompous character who would hold court in a bed-sit somewhere in London. The show would be centred around the character's hopes and misadventures, and would star other comedians but be devoid of catchphrases, silly voices or musical numbers.
© Words - Scott Powhatan Collins
Based upon the memoir by Jordan Belfort. Screenplay Written by Terence Winter Directed by Martin Scorsese**** (four stars)
"...do the Wall Street Shuffle
Let your money hustle
Bet you'd sell your mother
You can buy another..."
-10cc "The Wall Street Shuffle"
Now THAT was a movie....