Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the warm and mysterious story of When Marnie Was… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and When Marnie Was There on ScreenMayhem.com
Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the magical fairy tale fantasy of Howl's Moving Castle.… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Howl’s Moving Castle on ScreenMayhem.com
Starring: Georges Melies, Victor Andre, Bleuette Bernon Director: Georges Melies Going back quite a way into film history this time, back into a time when cinema was in it’s infancy. You’ve probably seen that image of the moon as a man’s cream cheesey looking face with a spaceship stuck in one eye, and this is… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Trip To The Moon (La Voyage Dans La Lune) (1902)
Starring: Elizabeth Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther Director: Benjamin Christensen A film in 7 chapter or parts, this is an early documentary film, though it's not a true documentary as we now know them. It's about witchcraft through the ages, the first chapter being a slideshow style history lesson about how the world was understood… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Haxan (1922)
Last weekend, we headed into Oxford for the day. Those of you who are Harry Potter fans will know that a number of the locations used in the films are there. It's a beautiful city, with it's university and architecture that largely hasn't changed in the last 500 years. It inspired us (my partner and… Continue reading Five Things That Surprised Me On Rewatching the Harry Potter Films.
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson Director: J A Bayona A story about grief and grieving for kids sounds like a hard sell, but this adaptation of a popular book by Patrick Ness focuses on deeper life truths to avoid the trite and mawkish. Conor (MacDougall) is a kid who has grown… Continue reading A Monster Calls (2016)
A review of The Love Witch, that I wrote for We Make Movies On Weekends
If you’ve ever wanted to get revenge on an ex, this is the film for you.
OK, so I say that with tongue in cheek, a little bit. This is the story of a woman who just wants to find love, but her magic spells all go awry. Sound a little bit like Bewitched or Bell, Book and Candle? Well, it’s kind of like those, but when Elaine (Robinson) casts a love spell, people tend to die.
The best part about this film is that I can’t decide whether it’s incredible or awful, just that I really got a kick out of watching it. The attention to detail, the sets, costumes, the way it’s shot, this film could be from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s veins bleed retro. It often feels stylised, like the scenes in a women’s tea room, where everyone wears pink, or the opening sequences where…
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Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katharine Waterston, Alison Sudol Director: David Yates Harry Potter for an older generation, perhaps? This film opens in 20's New York, where Newt Scamander (Redmayne) has arrived with a suitcase full of trouble. As he bumbles through the city, he manages to embroil a muggle, a magical secret agent and… Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016)
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken Director: Barry Sonenfeld This film is definitely for all of you out there who watch cat videos on YouTube! It's a really odd little film, but rewarding, if you're willing to just go with it. A wealthy businessman (Spacey) has been so caught up his work that his… Continue reading Nine Lives (2016)
Starring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C Reilly Director: Matteo Garrone When you think of fairy tales, stories for children spring to mind: princesses, fairies, heroes. But it's easy to forget how dark those stories were in their original incarnations. In this retelling of stories from Giambattista Basile, who wrote them sometime in… Continue reading Tale Of Tales (2015)