Long Read

Shudders of Pleasure: The story of Hellraiser

By Nick Pinkerton

We pay homage to director Clive Barker’s majestic suburban gore aria from 1987.

Hard Corps: Women in power and the politics of taking action

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

More and more movies are featuring female characters with strength, agency and a drive to take action. What took them so damn long?

Life is wilder than art: The Rainer Werner Fassbinder story

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

He was an abusive and tempestuous artist, but the emotional power of the late German director’s tragic melodramas is undeniable.

Gun-Fu Hustle: Celebrating the action cinema of John Woo

By Nick Pinkerton

In praise of the Hong kong adrenaline junkie and architect of the time-honoured bullet ballet.

Who killed Twin Peaks?

By Cyrus Shahrad

The cast and crew of Twin Peaks remember the making and breaking of a cultural phenomenon.

Smoke and Mirrors – Why the battle between practical effects and CGI isn’t as real as you think

By Lara C Cory

Old-fashioned techniques appear to have made a comeback, but the reality is they never went away.

The wild, untold story of The Good Life

By Christopher McKittrick

How a ’90s indie movie tried (and failed) to survive stolen golf clubs, an MMA pioneer, Mexican crocodiles and the Stallone brothers.

Hollywood’s lack of Asian-American representation, and how to fix it

By Greg Noone

The hosts of the Asian Oscar Bait podcast discuss the need for greater diversity on screen.

What will Hollywood cinema look like in the Trump era?

By Christina Newland

Movies have always reflected social attitudes and trends – and that could prove especially vital over the next four years.

Lone Star: a profile of Denzel Washington in seven chapters

By Jessica Kiang

In a landscape of total celebrity saturation, is this enigmatic Hollywood icon is the last of the pure movie stars?

Into the Woods – The Blair Witch Project revisited

By Adam Woodward

Directors Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick tell the story of how their freshman film project became a cultural phenomenon.

The art of defending Woody Allen

By Vadim Rizov

Woody Allen has made his fair share of bad movies. But who are the critical gatekeepers who will stop at nothing to defend his honour?

Akira and the traumatic spectre of nuclear war

By Joe Marczynski

Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s iconic anime mirrors the atrocities witnessed by Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago.

The Danish novel that’s exactly like the Tree of Life

By Mark Asch

Everything is connected – including Peter Adolphsen’s ‘Machine’ and Terrence Malick’s 2011 film.

Lars von Trier – apocalyptic auteur

By John Wadsworth

The story of how the famously provocative Danish director lost control on his 2011 film, Melancholia.

How cinema is tackling Europe’s austerity crisis

By Tom Bond

Miguel Gomes, Jacques Audiard and others are capturing a shifting continental mood.

What is documentary?

By Little White Lies

Some of the world’s leading documentarians take the pulse of an ever-changing artistic medium.

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