In Praise Of

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.

In praise of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s sugar cube

By Matthew Walker

How a five-second shot from 1994’s Three Colours: Blue captures the protagonist’s sense of grief and loss.

How Legally Blonde became an unlikely feminist classic

By Lorna Codrai

In defying the dumb blonde trope, Reese Witherspoon gave us a new kind of female protagonist to root for.

Pulp, Police and Politics: The hard and fast world of Poliziotteschi

By Adam Scovell

Throughout the 1970s an exciting subgenre dominated Italian cinema, combined action and crime to dizzying effect.

In praise of Beautiful Thing, a quintessentially British coming out movie

By Emily Maskell

Hettie Macdonald’s 1996 film contains a beautiful message of queer acceptance and togetherness.

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