RETROSPECTIVE: McCabe & Mrs. Miller [BFI Southbank]

Or how the West was sold.

CONTAINS SPOILERS, INCLUDING THE ENDING OF THE FILM

Robert Altman’s 1971 “anti-Western” is a gently ironic paean to the gentle charms of the more civilised frontier and a salutary lesson about the dangers of unchecked capitalism.…

PODCAST: The Lecter Variations [Movie RobCast]

SPOILER WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for Hannibal (2001), Red Dragon (2002), Hannibal Rising (2007), and the Hannibal TV series. 

After the epic dissection of The Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter in our last episode, The Movie Robcast moves onto The Lecter Variations.…

PODCAST: The Silence of the Lambs & Manhunter [Movie RobCast]

SPOILER WARNING: This episode contains numerous spoilers about The Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter. It also references strong language featured in The Silence of the Lambs’ dialogue.

Episode 115 of The Movie Robcast conducts a full investigation into two classic movies, both of which celebrate anniversaries this year.…

RETROSPECTIVE: Link

Did you ever watch that episode of Malcolm in the Middle with the monkey butler and think, “This, but a feature version with General Zod as an anthropology professor and a young Elisabeth Shue”?

If so, I firstly applaud the specificity of your tastes and, secondly, boy, have I got some news for you.…

PODCAST: Whiplash (feat. Tessa Scott) [Movie Robcast]

*SPOILER WARNING* – This episode features Whiplash spoilers throughout, including discussion of the plot twists and the film’s climax.  

Episode 92 of The Movie Robcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis looking back at Damien Chazelle’s blistering, Oscar-winning 2014 debut, Whiplash; a strong contender for Rob W.’s…

RETROSPECTIVE: Nightmares & empathy in The Elephant Man

RETROSPECTIVE: Nightmares & empathy in The Elephant Man

When you think of David Lynch, you think America, or at least a surreal vision of it: a severed ear in a vacant lot, a suited man with a shock of hair, an old man riding his tractor along a lonely highway; cherry pie and damn fine coffee.…

RETROSPECTIVE: Double Indemnity, or an Ode to Keyes

I’ve found as I get older that my relationship to film changes – or at least my circumstance and ability to relate to it.

While they may be fixed indelibly onto celluloid or locked in digital, the person behind the eyes we see them through isn’t the same from one viewing to the next.…

RETROSPECTIVE: The L-Shaped Room [DVD/BluRay]

Edwardian hypocrisy and post-war deprivation are the order of the day in Brian Forbes’ The L-Shaped Room.

Based on Lynne Reid Banks’ book of the same name, the film follows Jane (an Oscar-nominated Leslie Caron), a twenty-seven year-old French émigré who arrives in early-60s London.…

RETROSPECTIVE: Perfect Blue – shades of Hitchcock in animated psychodrama

Twenty years on, Perfect Blue remains an almost perfect thriller.

A Hitchcockian study of identity, desire, and obsession recast in animated form, the film goes to some twisted places that even the Master of Suspense might shy away from.

Mima (voiced by Junko Iwao) is lead singer in the cutesy J-Pop quartet CHAM!,…

RETROSPECTIVE: Key Largo [Big screen classics @ The BFI]

This piece comes to you courtesy of my podcasting partner, the esteemed Mr. Rob Daniel of www.electric-shadows.com, who was kind of enough to go along to a screening of this in my stead.

Bogart and Bacall’s fourth and final film together, Key Largo is a claustrophobic chamber piece shot with threatening camera angles and aggressive lighting.