In Praise Of

A guide to cinema’s most enduring rebels

By Christopher Machell

What is it that makes maverick character actors like Jack Nicholson so dangerously irresistible?

How Fargo brilliantly blurs the line between fact and fiction

By William Carroll

With its opening disclaimer, the Coen brothers’ homespun murder story lulls us into a false reality.

Thirty years on, Withnail & I feels more relevant than ever

By Stephen Puddicombe

Bruce Robinson’s cult classic will strike a chord with any struggling young artist living in a big city.

Why The Fast and the Furious is the most important franchise around

By Benjamin Rabinovich

Over the years the focus has shifted from the fast cars to the increasingly diverse characters inside them.

How Mulholland Drive perfected the art of the jump scare

By Greg Evans

If you recognise this scene, you’ll already know what’s coming...

In praise of Philippe Garrel, unsung hero of the French New Wave

By Matt Thrift

The director has been producing casual masterpieces since 1964.

In defence of the superhero movies of 1997

By Greg Evans

Between them Batman & Robin, Spawn and Steel pointed the way forward for the genre.

Mulholland Drive: The Musical

By Adam Nayman

Is David Lynch’s warped Tinseltown satire from 2001 a contemporary riff on one of Hollywood’s classic-era staples?

The high-octane homoeroticism of John Woo’s Hard Boiled

By David Pountain

The director’s explosive spectacle deconstructs masculinity, sexuality and the action genre itself.

Is this the most authentic boxing movie ever made?

By Joel Blackledge

John Huston’s Fat City is not a straightforward underdog story.

Why the identity crisis in Ghost in the Shell still resonates today

By Greg Evans

In Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime, characters seek individuality within an increasingly artificial society.

The groovy, gruesome legacy of Evil Dead 2

By Stephen Puddicombe

Released 30 years ago, Sam Raimi’s blood-drenched horror-comedy is as grotesque and hilarious as ever.

The infamous, irresistible story of Hollywood’s most bitter feud

By Stephen Puddicombe

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s anti-chemistry is palpable in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? from 1962.

Why Angel Heart still haunts us 30 years on

By William Carroll

Alan Parker’s violent tale of private detectives and devil worship is a heady blend of neo-noir and horror.

In praise of Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network

By James Luxford

The actor’s sly take on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg casts a spotlight on the dark side of success.

In defence of Rollerball – the capitalist satire come good

By Nathan Smith

John McTiernan’s maligned 2002 remake is one of the sharper anti-capitalist films of modern times.

In praise of 9 to 5 and the ’80s career woman

By Simran Hans

How a socialist feminist fantasy kickstarted a trend for female-fronted mainstream comedies.

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