In Praise Of

Why Takashi Miike’s Audition is a piercing feminist film in disguise

By Daisy Phillipson

There’s so much more to this J-horror hit than meets the punctured eye.

Why I love Barbara Stanwyck’s performance in Double Indemnity

By Adam Scovell

The silver screen icon subverted her heroine image to deliver one of Hollywood’s most memorable villains.

Why The Witch Who Came from the Sea is my favourite Video Nasty

By Marta Djordjevic

Matt Cimber’s tragic tale achieves a depth and symbolism not commonly found in exploitation films of its time.

In praise of Paul Newman, Director

By Justine Smith

From Rachel, Rachel to The Glass Menagerie, we look back at the Hollywood icon’s underappreciated work behind the camera.

RIP Dušan Makavejev – Founder of the Black Wave and lifelong radical

By Charles Bramesco

The pillar of midcentury Yugoslav cinema leaves an antic, subversive body of work.

The underlying politics of M Night Shyamalan

By Nathan Smith

Throughout his career, the twist-loving director has shown an interest in a range of social and environmental issues.

Why Les Rendez-vous d’Anna is one of the great films about loneliness

By Gus Edgar-Chan

A young woman searches for connection in Chantal Akerman’s melancholy travelogue from 1978.

The bittersweet legacy of Butterfly McQueen

By Justine Smith

The Gone with the Wind star was an underappreciated and complex woman in an era of limited opportunities.

Why If… remains one of the most revolutionary British films ever made

By Benjy Taylor

Lindsay Anderson’s tale of rebellion in a ’60s private school is a vital dissection of class and establishment.

The fractured masculinities of Alfonso Cuarón

By Megan Wallace

The Mexican director’s early Spanish-language films offer vital dissections of the male ego.

In praise of Antichrist – Lars von Trier’s anti-misogynist masterpiece

By Amy Simmons

The Danish filmmaker’s visceral battle of the sexes is one of his most misunderstood – and best – works.

Why Scrooged remains the ultimate anti-Christmas film

By Chris Heasman

Thirty years ago, Bill Murray’s cruel network executive taught us all the importance of spreading a little seasonal misery.

Tears of a Wookiee – The Star Wars Holiday Special at 40

By Beth Webb

Show writer Bruce Vilanch reflects on the strange legacy of this psychedelic seasonal folly.

Why I love Jean Seberg’s performance in Breathless

By Adam Scovell

The American star led something of a tragic life, but she will forever be remembered for her role in Jean-Luc Godard’s debut feature.

The strange, surprising legacy of Jacob’s Ladder

By Steve Timms

The influence of Adrian Lyne’s 1990 psychological horror, starring Tim Robbins and Elizabeth Peña, far outstretches its modest success.

The Polish-American immigrant who changed the face of animation

By Georgina Guthrie

Max Fleischer, creator of Betty Boop and the rotoscope, was one of the great cartoonists of the 20th century.

John Carpenter’s The Fog is even more chilling if you live by the sea

By Thomas Hobbs

A personal essay on the director’s 1980 horror, which returns to cinemas this Halloween.

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