In Praise Of

Werner Herzog’s ski jumping film is essential viewing this Winter Olympics

By Harry Harris

The German director’s 1974 short The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner shows why sport is so compelling.

Why George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead still gets under our skin

By Adam Scovell

Released 50 years ago, the director’s lo-fi debut is filled with potent imagery and political resonance.

Revisiting Blade II: Guillermo del Toro’s slick superhero B-movie

By Padraig Cotter

With its sympathetic monsters and distinct visuals, this 2002 sequel is the director’s most underrated film.

How Cronos blurs the line between man and monster

By Danilo Castro

The seed for a career-long obsession is planted in Guillermo del Toro’s debut feature from 1993.

Revisiting Elevator to the Gallows and its iconic Miles Davis soundtrack

By Ned Carter Miles

Louis Malle’s debut feature is a thrilling precursor to the French New Wave.

Revisiting The Circus: Charlie Chaplin’s troubled comic triumph

By Sam May

The director’s last truly silent picture is perhaps the maddest production in Hollywood history.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre remains the gold standard for classic Hollywood

By Sam May

John Huston’s tale of prospecting and paranoia has lost none of its potency.

The absurd brilliance of Chicken Run

By Hannah Woodhead

18 years since its release, Aardman Animations’ first feature-length film is still poultry in motion.

How When We Were Kings enshrined Muhammad Ali’s legacy

By Justine Smith

Leon Gast’s award-winning 1996 film portrays the heavyweight champ as an artist, philosopher and poet.

What the Empire Records soundtrack taught me about life

By Emily Bray

To the kids with the “coolest jobs on earth”, being yourself is all that really matters.

Why King Creole is Elvis Presley’s best movie

By Justine Smith

This hit musical, released 60 years ago, remains the pinnacle of the American singer’s film career.

Why I love Nicolas Cage’s performance in Bringing Out the Dead

By Josh Slater-Williams

The actor is at his intense and emotional best in Martin Scorsese’s underrated late ’90s thriller.

Why The Apartment is my favourite Christmas movie

By Darren Richman

Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 comedy is the perfect film to get you in the festive spirit.

In praise of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence: David Bowie’s festive oddity

By Tom Graham

Nagisa Ôshima’s World War Two-era drama is strange seasonal tale.

Why Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is still loved 80 years on

By Nathanael Smith

Walt Disney’s first feature-length animation has lost none of its romance and magic.

The rule of war in Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory

By Jeremy Carr

Released 60 years ago, the director’s masterfully coordinated World War One drama remains one of his finest achievements.

In praise of Night of the Demon: Jacques Tourneur’s proto-folk horror

By Adam Scovell

The director’s 1957 occult classic continues to cast a long, sinister shadow over horror cinema.

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