In Praise Of

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.

Why I love Kate Hudson’s performance in Almost Famous

By Keli Williams

Penny Lane, the complicated, free-spirited heroine of Cameron Crowe’s coming-of-age classic, is played to perfection.

How Kelly Reichardt’s depiction of loneliness helped me feel full again

By Annie Wojnarowski

Watching Certain Women as a severely depressed 17-year-old, I saw my own feelings of isolation reflected back at me.

The pull of Pinocchio – How an Italian fairy tale became a pop culture staple

By James Clarke

On the 80th anniversary of Disney’s animation, we look at the different ways this magical fable has been interpreted.

How Sam Peckinpah transformed the TV western

By Justine Smith

Before he moved into films, the director conceived a bold, unromanticised vision of the American frontier.

Only Yesterday is a masterful reflection on youth’s impermanence

By Kambole Campbell

With the release of Studio Ghibli’s back catalogue on Netflix, we look back at one of their unsung greats.

A second wind for Ocean Waves, Studio Ghibli’s only TV movie

By Zoe Crombie

Tomomi Mochizuki’s teenage love triangle drama is fascinating outlier in the studio’s catalogue.

RIP Terry Jones – In praise of Mr Creosote and The Meaning of Life

By David Jenkins

An ode to perhaps the greatest gross-out set-piece ever committed to film.

Why I love Carole Lombard’s performance in No Man of Her Own

By Lauren Pinnington

Alongside her future partner, Clark Gable, this 1932 romantic comedy established Lombard as a bona fide movie star.

How His Girl Friday redefined the screwball comedy

By Adam Scovell

Howard Hawks’ 1940 film remains one of Hollywood’s finest and most radical comedies.

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