In Praise Of

Why I love Rachel Weisz’s performance in The Deep Blue Sea

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

In Terence Davies’ postwar melodrama, she turns Hester Collyer into one of cinema’s great tragic heroines.

Why 49th Parallel is one of the most cunning war films ever made

By Sam Manning

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger employed propaganda to potent effect in their 1941 submarine drama.

In defence of Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain

By Simon Bland

Dismissed as a self-indulgent folly upon release, this fatalistic fantasy drama deserves a second look.

How The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour pioneered the visual album

By Mark Allison

In 1967, the Fab Four embarked on an extravagant, experimental journey that would redefine what a promotional film could be.

Why The Portrait of a Lady remains Jane Campion’s most bittersweet film

By Kayleigh Donaldson

Twenty-five years on, this adaptation of the classic Henry James novel offers an unflinching study of female sorrow.

How Duel paved the foundation for Steven Spielberg’s career

By Mitchell Beaupre

This made-for-TV feature has all the trademarks that would go on to define one of America’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

Kōji Shiraishi’s Noroi is a found footage horror like no other

By Kitty Richardson

Unlike most possession-based pseudo-documentaries, this 2005 J-horror delivers its biggest scares in broad daylight.

Why Secrets & Lies remains a masterclass in framing

By James Morton

Director Mike Leigh emphasises the lack of connection between the characters, and British society as a whole.

Why I love Ellen Burstyn’s performance in The Last Picture Show

By Rafaela Sales Ross

She inhabits the role of the frustrated housewife in Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 drama with apparent effortlessness.

In defence of Halloween: Resurrection

By Oumar Saleh

In breaking from franchise tradition, this maligned 2002 slasher foreshadowed the rise of live streaming and viral fame.

Nothing Gold Can Stay – In praise of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders

By James Clarke

This teenage drama from 1983 is the pinnacle of the director’s career-long obsession with the passage of time.

How The French Connection reinvented the Hollywood cop movie

By Jarek Kupsc

Gene Hackman maniacally navigates New York’s crime world in William Friedkin’s enduring procedural.

Why Timothy Dalton is the best James Bond actor

By Mark Allison

In The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, Dalton created the template for Daniel Craig’s hard-edged 21st century Bond.

Why excessive swearing is essential to Martin Scorsese’s The Departed

By Susannah Goldsbrough

Foul language and filthy humour characterise the cruel, cynical world of this hardboiled Boston-set crime-drama.

40 years on, Southern Comfort remains a punishing study of male violence

By Johnny Restall

Released in 1981, Walter Hill’s backwater thriller is at once a celebration and a critique of masculinity in crisis.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch remains a testament to self-acceptance

By Gina Tonic

John Cameron Mitchell’s cult 2001 musical drama is a poignant reminder of the power of being yourself.

20 years on, Lan Yu remains the pinnacle of Chinese queer cinema

By Weiting Liu

Though never released in mainland china Stanley Kwan’s cult 2001 melodrama fully deserves its cult status.

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