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How The Asphalt Jungle changed the face of American noir

By Adam Scovell

John Huston’s heist classic, starring Sterling Hayden and Marilyn Monroe, emphasised the grittiness of the postwar era.

My Comfort Blanket Movie: Goodfellas

By Christina Newland

Christina Newland takes solace in Martin Scorsese’s brutally violent, blackly comic mob classic.

Is Rififi still the greatest heist movie ever made?

By Soham Gadre

Jules Dassin’s blacklisting from Hollywood led him to create this superlative 1955 crime thriller.

My Comfort Blanket Movie: The Triplets of Belleville

By Charles Bramesco

Charles Bramesco basks in the soothing whimsy of Sylvain Chomet’s animated marvel from 2003.

My Comfort Blanket Movie: Way Out West

By David Jenkins

This Laurel and Hardy gem from 1937 reminds David Jenkins of a time when he almost died laughing.

My Comfort Blanket Movie: Grosse Pointe Blank

By Adam Woodward

Adam Woodward reflects on the timeless appeal of George Armitage’s alt-rom-com from 1997.

My Comfort Blanket Movie: Music and Lyrics

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Sophie Monks Kaufman sings the praises of Marc Lawrence’s pop hit of a rom-com from 2007.

Why it’s time to revisit this landmark British LGBT+ drama

By Katie Goh

Ron Peck’s Nighthawks survives as much more than a historical document of gay life in a bygone era.

How Adam Schlesinger achieved pop perfection with That Thing You Do

By Stefania Sarrubba

The late singer-songwriter penned the ’60s-inspired title track for Tom Hanks’ directorial debut.

Why I love Toshiro Mifune’s performance in Throne of Blood

By Adam Scovell

His portrayal of wild-eyed samurai warrior in Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ is simply iconic.

The danger of looking in Brian De Palma’s Sisters

By Tom Williams

The director critiques society’s voyeuristic tendencies in this Hitchcock homage from 1972.

Why Luis Buñuel’s bourgeois satires are perfect pandemic viewing

By Jake Cole

The Spanish master’s back catalogue is filled with pertinent messages, including a parody of social distancing.

Why I love Joan Crawford’s performance in Daisy Kenyon

By Justine Smith

Otto Preminger’s 1947 love triangle with a postwar twist sees the Hollywood star at her bristling best.

Tsai Ming-liang’s The Hole is one of the great films about living in isolation

By Ruairi McCann

The director’s slow cinema musical from 1998 sees a mysterious epidemic send Taipei into lockdown.

How Russ Meyer changed the face of American film

By Justine Smith

The sleaze king of Hollywood cinema paved the way for a generation of filmmakers, evading post-Code censors with his “nudie-cuties”.

Magnolia at 20 – In praise of PTA’s cathartic masterpiece

By Emily Cashen

Two decades on from its UK release, this sprawling epic still has much to teach us about the joys of letting go.

In defence of Candyman 2

By Sam Thompson

With its Southern Gothic setting and Tony Todd on top form once again, the 1995 sequel deserves a second look.

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