In Praise Of

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.

It’s Showtime! – Why Beetlejuice remains the ghost with the most

By Justine Smith

Thirty years ago, Tim Burton unleashed his colourful, bizarre vision of the afterlife onto the world.

In praise of Velvet Goldmine – Todd Haynes’ gaudy love letter to glam rock

By Robb Sheppard

The director’s third feature from 1998 is a glitter-covered ode to the 1970s.

In praise of Orphée – Jean Cocteau’s mould-breaking masterpiece

By Felix Bazalgette

The French filmmaker’s haunting 1950 work fluidly blurs the line between technology and magic.

How Twelve Monkeys built on the legacy of La Jetée and Vertigo

By Adam Scovell

Themes of memory and death lie at the heart of Terry Gilliam’s dystopian time travel saga.

How Halloween stoked our fears and misunderstanding of mental illness

By Frazer Macdonald

In Michael Myers, director John Carpenter created an enduring yet harmful horror archetype.

Why I love Chloe Sevigny’s performance in Boys Don’t Cry

By Romy Somerset

Her Oscar-nominated supporting turn is a glimmer of light in an otherwise devastating film.

The enduring legacy of Gilda Radner

By Rebecca Nicole Williams

With Love, Gilda, the late comedian and first breakout star of SNL finally gets the documentary she deserves.

The Fallen Idol is one of the great films about the loss of childhood innocence

By Adam Scovell

Carol Reed’s 1948 classic captures the transition to adulthood in all its contradictions and hypocrisies.

Cheap Thrills: In Praise of The Evil Dead

By Anton Bitel

On the envelope-pushing effects work of Sam Raimi’s hand-tooled gorefest, set for re-release this Halloween.

Just Keep Livin’ – In praise of Dazed and Confused at 25

By Stephen Puddicombe

Richard Linklater’s seminal high school movie is the ultimate endorsement of living in the moment.

The psychosexual pleasures of David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers

By Adam Scovell

The director’s tale of twin gynecologists is a gory study of the relationship between the physical and mental self.

Where Eagles Dare marked a turning point for Hollywood action

By Mark Allison

The film’s radical approach to violence and gender politics was perfectly pitched for the counter-culture generation.

I’m Still Listening – Why Frasier remains my favourite ’90s sitcom

By William Carroll

Twenty-five years on, the show’s mix of high-brow humour and genuine heart is as appealing as ever.

Why I love Patricia Arquette’s performance in True Romance

By Justine Smith

Her role as lovestruck sex worker Alabama is among the most compelling characters of the 1990s.

The camp, satirical aesthetic of queer classic But I’m a Cheerleader

By Megan Wallace

Jamie Babbit’s film offers a more comedic critique of conversion therapy.

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