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February 19, 2020

 In 1990 Gérard Depardieu, the darling of the Grench cinema for 20 or so years, became an international star with the release of Cyrano de Bergerac (1990, Jean-Paul Rappeneau) and Green Card (1990, Peter Weir).

30 years on and the BFI have released a sparkling 4k restor...

February 12, 2020

Wow!

Congratulations to Bong Joon-Ho and the Parasite creative team on their victory at the Oscars. 

Parasite is a well-deserving winner.

Since the beginning of this year, I have been keeping a record of all films I've seen on Letterboxd, you can find me there as cheshell...

January 15, 2020

On the 9 Janaury the Bognor Regis Picturedrome celebrated 100 years as a cinema, with a fabulous Black Tie event...


- two spotlight light beams could be seen for miles

-local dignitaries and industry people arrived in their finery

-via red carpet we were taken in through...

January 3, 2020

In addition to thinking about the best films of the year, given that we have reached the end of the teens, it's that time to think about the best of the 2010s. So at the time of writing this was my top 10 films of the 2010s.

The Rider (2017, Chloé Zhao)

Bait (2019, Mark...

December 31, 2019

It's been a GREAT year for films.

It's been tough to choose only Top Ten new releases in UK cinemas in 2019.

So here goes...

1) The Favourite d. Yorgos Lanthimos

2) Bait d. Mark Jenkin

3) Pain & Glory d. Pedro Almodovaf

4) Midsommar d. Ari Aster

5) Rocketman d. Dexter Fletche...

December 7, 2019

It's been 30 years since I first saw The Tall Guy (1989) directed by Mel Smith from a script by

Richard Curtis.  As a fan of films about showbiz, this was right up my street, literally, as also shot near where I was working at the time at the Dominion Theatre....

November 24, 2019

The cinemas are alive with the sound of music, as the BFI celebrates the film musical.  Alongside the 1,000s of film screenings across the country, they are also bring out a selection of classic musicals on Blu-Ray/DVD with extras, and for the first pressing a booklet...

October 14, 2019

The #52FilmsByWomen pledge was started in 2015 by Los Angeles’ Women in Film, an organisation dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women in the film industry.  Encouraging filmgoers to watch at least 52 films a year directed by a women, and to tweet using has...

August 27, 2019

This is the final post on film versions of Alice in Wonderland with a particular emphasis on the Gothic and the Uncanny, which I originally wrote for my Gothic MA.

You can read part one, the introduction here.

You can read part two on Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderla...

August 14, 2019

With the Chichester International Film Festival scheduling a screening of Monsoon Wedding on 20 August at 20.45 I thought I'd post a review of the film I wrote for the now defunct clickwalla.com website back in 2002 (I haven't re-edited it).  At the end are images from...

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