Taking Delight in Depravity: ‘The Neon Demon’

After 2013’s Only God Forgives, I thought that the Danish film director, Nicholas Winding Refn, had entirely lost me as a fan. Unlike his earlier, more accessible films, Only God Forgives was an extreme: a mean-spirited, pandering film about nothing, a movie which thought of itself as very interesting and very smart when it was … Continue reading Taking Delight in Depravity: ‘The Neon Demon’

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The Advantages of Being Imaginary: My Love Affair with The Purple Rose of Cairo

"I want what happened in the movie last week to happen this week; otherwise, what's life all about anyway?" It is very hard for me to try to express how truly special I believe The Purple Rose of Cairo to be. Woody Allen's thirteenth film as a director is one which the famously self-criticising filmmaker regards … Continue reading The Advantages of Being Imaginary: My Love Affair with The Purple Rose of Cairo

apuffofJack’s Top Five Films of 2014

It’s been an especially mixed year in the world of cinema. The quality has fluctuated between serious highs and serious lows, between forgettable blockbusters and awe-inspiring independent efforts. In compiling this list I had to exclude a few really wonderful films; 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street won’t appear on this … Continue reading apuffofJack’s Top Five Films of 2014

Why ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ is the Best Disney Film Ever Made

The Emperor’s New Groove is a different breed of Disney film. It evokes pure fun, ditches contrived sentimentality and takes the audience on a ride where the sole purpose is to have fun. While other, more popular films were written by serious, academic screenwriters, you can imagine the writers of The Emperor’s New Groove telling … Continue reading Why ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ is the Best Disney Film Ever Made

What Studio Ghibli Means To Me: A Tribute To Hayao Miyazaki

Very soon, The Wind Rises will be released, marking both Studio Ghibli's 18th feature film and the inevitable end to Hayao Miyazaki's career. The co-founder of animation company Studio Ghibli has become an icon in the word of modern animation, influencing and shaping the industry with a remarkable career spanning six decades, and his 11th film as … Continue reading What Studio Ghibli Means To Me: A Tribute To Hayao Miyazaki