Fright Night

Fright Night

As Halloween approaches we can all look forward to lists of the best horror films which all include "Halloween", "The Exorcist", "The Shining" and something from Cronenberg and Romero. Quite right too. Great films. Great directors. I thought it might be more interesting to turn my eye to some horror films that a wider audience [...]

A Day of Violence

A Day of Violence

***the following piece was, originally, posted on MyFilms in May 2010.  This was the first time I had ever conducted an interview face to face.  The film itself, "A Day of Violence", was screening as part of a horror festival and was, frankly, unpleasant.  I tried to be as positive as I could about what [...]

Choose life…

Choose life…

"What is the worst film you have ever seen?" If someone were to ask me for the best film I have ever seen it would take me a long time to find a definitive answer. It could be Talebi's masterpiece "Willow and Wind" with its high drama wrung from the most mundane of incidents...it could [...]

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", "Respect", "Baby I Love You", ""Chain of Fools", ""Since You've Been Gone", "Think", "Share Your Love With Me", "Call Me", "Don't Play That Song", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Spanish Harlem" and "Day Dreaming" had all been number one singles for Aretha Franklin between 1967 and [...]

In Fabric

In Fabric

"You who wear me, will know me." Peter Strickland isn't really a film director. At least not if the extent of your cinema going is "Fast and the Furious 36" or "Star Wars - The Phantom Jedi Menace". That sounds a bit snooty? Good. What Strickland does is use cinema to create art. High art. [...]