x
Hey there, it's just the usual obligatory message to inform you that this site uses cookies. Click here to find out more about our privacy policy or alternatively click the X on the top-right if you would rather just get on with the movie reviewing fun.
Cinema

Link to E-Books page

FILM RETROSPECTIVES

A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

Les Diaboliques (1955) directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

This adaptation of Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac's novel is a darkly potent thriller full of suspense and twists which proved to be a major inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock.

Véra Clouzot in Les Diaboliques

Click here to read review
Comments

North by Northwest (1959) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

While an archetypal mixture of Hitchcockian tropes, this vicariously thrilling and funny adventure stands as one of his very best.

Cary Grant in North by Northwest

Click here to read review
Comments

The Red Balloon (1956) - an award-winning French short

Albert Lamorisse's charming celebration of a child's imagination is a 34-minute delight and a fascinating document to now-demolished sections of Paris's Belleville district.

The Red Balloon

Click here to read review
Comments

The 400 Blows (1959) directed by François Truffaut

The French Nouvelle Vague director's debut is an exhilarating portrait of misunderstood youth, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud as main protagonist Antoine Doinel.

Protagonist Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) in The 400 Blows

Click here to read review
Comments

Absolute Beginners (1986) directed by Julien Temple

A retrospective review of this British 1950s-set musical flop which has subsequently gained a cult following, in particular after David Bowie's recent passing.

Patsy Kensit and Eddie O'Connell in Absolute Beginners


Click here to read review
Comments

The War of the Worlds (1953)

George Pal's adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel is still chillingly relevant despite some dated aspects.

Click here to read review
Comments

More retrospectives

CINEMA

DVD/BLU RAY

Ginger Rogers and David Niven in Magnificent Doll

ARTICLES

Blade of the Immortal

Simon Dwyer banner