In Praise Of

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.

40 years on, Body Heat remains a sweaty, seductive erotic thriller

By Steph Green

Powered by Kathleen Turner’s entrancing performance, the 1981 film ushered in a bold new era for woman on screen.

Why I love Elizabeth Olsen’s performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Before she became a bona fide movie star, Olsen announced herself as an actor with fearless instincts in Sean Durkin’s directorial debut.

The subversive sexual politics of Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me

By Adam Scovell

Compared to other films of the counter-culture era, Eastwood’s directorial debut looks at the darker side of Free Love.

How Ping Pong revolutionised British Chinese cinema

By Ian Wang

Po-Chih Leong’s 1986 feature, the first by a British Chinese director, was a landmark release. So why has it been largely forgotten?

Why I love Katharine Hepburn’s performance in Summertime

By Gabriela Almeida

In David Lean’s dreamy 1955 romance, the Hollywood icon subtly plays with her usual screen persona.

Machismo and Mojitos – The misunderstood genius of Miami Vice

By Tom Augustine

Michael Mann’s maligned 2006 remake is quite unlike any Hollywood blockbuster before or since.

El vino did flow – How The Office achieved sitcom perfection

By Darren Richman

Twenty years on, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s landmark show reminds us that a good idea is a good idea forever.

Two-Lane Blacktop at 50 – Adrift on an asphalt ocean

By Johnny Restall

Monte Hellman’s cult road movie remains the perfect encapsulation of ’60s ennui and life on America’s margins.

They Might Be Giants remains a playful take on the Sherlock Holmes mythos

By Gem Wheeler

George C Scott and Joanne Woodward are a perfect match in this cunning pastiche of the Great Detective.

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