best of 2014, british film, Favourite films, Movies

Favorite films – Pride (2014)

Shown this Christmas on BBC2, 2014’s Pride was my favourite film of that year and hopefully will find a wider audience on its terrestrial television premiere.

This is an article I wrote about the film (with a few minor edits) for the late and much lamented movie magazine Verite. Continue reading

best of 2014, british film, Movies, Podcasts

Hear me rant on the Britflicks podcast!

My appearance on the venerable Britflicks podcast has just gone live, I was asked to pontificate on the past year in British film and give my top 5 British movies of the year, my honourable mentions, my least favourite, and finally pick an all-time favourite British film. It’s like a double helping of jam roly poly with custard!

Couple of apologies/points of order: I rant so hard you can hear me losing my voice, sorry for the cough; I hideously mis-use the word ‘centenary’; and I sort of accidentally call Grant Morrison an English artist.

Apart from that, I stand by it all!

You can listen to the podcast vie the following link

Movies, Reviews, Verite film magazine

Review – Mr Turner

My review of Mike Leigh’s simply magnificent new film Mr Turner – featuring a potentially career defining performance from the wondrous Tim Spall – has gone up on the Verite Film Magazine site

Movies, Reviews, scraping the barrel

Scraping the barrel – The Tapes

In a regular feature dear reader, I shall be posting some vintage reviews of the very worst DTV dreck it has been my misfortune to see over the past few years. I shall kick off with The Tapes, which sadly isn’t even the worst British found footage horror film I’ve seen. Continue reading

Classics, comment, Favourite films, Movies, Reviews

Sympathy for The Devils

Now that it seems like every great film ever made is now on Blu-Ray or on-demand in sparkling high definition, it is easy to forget that there are still some classics yet to make a bow on DVD even. Ken Russell’s 1971 film THE DEVILS has long been one of the great omissions. This was finally rectified in 2012 with a lavish two disc DVD from the British Film Institute. The BFI’s release presents the film in the original BBFC X rated version, rather than the hideously truncated R rated American release. Continue reading