The Unique Aesthetic of Alien 3

Firstly : this is not a defence of Alien 3.  I'm not going to discuss the commendations and criticisms of David Fincher's often maligned third instalment of the Alien franchise. I could easily write about the amazing opening, compared to the extraordinarily awful ending. There are debates to be had over the different versions of the film and the … Continue reading The Unique Aesthetic of Alien 3

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Coming back after a long break – UPDATE

Dear Reader, I'm back! After a long break (a whopping ten months) I've decided to try and re-start my old film blog once again. I used to have a real spark for writing about film, but after starting studying film full-time in University the sad truth was that my old passion became my homework, and … Continue reading Coming back after a long break – UPDATE

The Extraordinary Achievement of ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’

To witness Takahata’s decade old project seems almost like a blessing unto itself. The charcoal strokes and painted brushes of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya wash over you and immerse you into a startlingly different world where the magic of fantasy is sharply balanced by the difficulties and sufferings of a life on earth, where … Continue reading The Extraordinary Achievement of ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – The Review

The protagonist of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Greg, is an awkward, bumbling high-school student who tries to keep at arms lengths with every one of his fellow students, in order to avoid any sense of drama, or any potential for feelings to get involved. When he discovers that a girl he vaguely knows, Rachel, … Continue reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – The Review

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

Why I Love: Barton Fink (1991)

As soon as promising Broadway writer Barton Fink (John Tutturo) steps inside the Hotel Earle, it immediately becomes apparent that something isn’t right. The unsettlingly long hallways, the oddly perky receptionist named ‘Chet’ and the lack of any other human residents all contributes to an incredibly eerie and creepy environment that is at the very … Continue reading Why I Love: Barton Fink (1991)