In Praise Of

How The Lost World taught me that films can be cruel

By Josh Slater-Williams

A key death in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 sequel completely altered my perception of cinema.

The emasculation of Clint Eastwood in The Beguiled

By David Pountain

Don Siegel’s period thriller shows this icon of screen masculinity at his most pathetic and vulnerable.

Nobody Did it Better: Remembering Roger Moore

By William Carroll

The late actor was at his debonair best as James Bond in series highlight The Spy Who Loved Me.

Is Nil by Mouth the bleakest kitchen-sink drama ever made?

By William Carroll

With his directorial debut, Gary Oldman offers a deeply affecting study of addiction and domestic abuse.

The unique and undervalued brilliance of Griffin Dunne

By Clara Scherffig

The American actor’s reemergence in I Love Dick serves as a reminder of his rare talents.

Why Funny Games remains just as shocking 20 years on

By Stephen Puddicombe

Michael Haneke’s home invasion horror is a chilling satire of violence in popular entertainment.

Is this the most powerful protest film ever made?

By Christopher Bruno

Peter Watkins’ incendiary pseudo-doc Punishment Park feels as vital today as it did back in 1971.

How The Fifth Element set the tone for modern blockbusters

By Patrick Sproull

Twenty years on, Luc Besson’s neon-hued space opera has lost none of its off-kilter charm.

Fart jokes and feminism: Austin Powers at 20

By Sarah Gosling

International Man of Mystery remains a brilliant, startlingly progressive satire of male sexuality.

How The Silence of the Lambs revolutionised the POV shot

By Danilo Castro

Jonathan Demme’s 1991 masterpiece evokes fear by putting us in the protagonist’s shoes.

How the Alien saga went from trilogy to franchise

By Ethan Vestby

Ever since its unlikely resurrection in the late ’90s, the sci-fi horror series has continued to evolve.

Barfly at 30 – Bukowski, booze and battling Hollywood

By William Carroll

Mickey Rourke is perfectly cast as Hank Chinaski in this down-and-dirty picture from 1987.

How The Duellists set the tone for Ridley Scott’s filmmaking career

By James Clarke

The director’s 1977 feature debut contains several key thematic and stylistic hallmarks.

How Daphne Du Maurier became Hitchcock’s favourite author

By Iris Veysey

Her novels ‘The Birds’ and ‘Rebecca’ provided the perfect blend of moral complexity and Gothic drama.

In praise of Riz Ahmed’s performance in Four Lions

By John Wadsworth

The young actor carries the thematic weight of Chris Morris’ jihadist satire on his shoulders.

In defence of Southland Tales – Richard Kelly’s futuristic folly

By Dominic Jaeckle

The director’s much-maligned second feature is a vigorous piece of pulp for the 21st century.

In praise of Julee Cruise: the voice behind Twin Peaks

By Little White Lies

On the life and work of the ethereal vocalist who helped bring David Lynch’s iconic show to life.

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