Category: In Retrospect

Blade Runner

1982 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah Words – Nathan Scatcherd Unquestionably one of the greatest and most influential sci-fi films of all time, Blade Runner takes on a whole new dimension this year, specifically… Continue Reading “Blade Runner”

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

1939 Starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan Words – Christian Abbott Talking to anyone who has seen their fair share of films, The Wizard of Oz is bound to be among them. For many, it is a… Continue Reading “The Wizard of Oz (1939)”

Mad Max – 40th Anniversary

1979 Director: George Miller Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Geoff Parry, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward Words – Rebecca Kirby If like me, your first exposure to the Mad Max franchise came via Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, it’s predecessor… Continue Reading “Mad Max – 40th Anniversary”

Alien: 40th Anniversary

1979 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Bolaji Badejo Words: Nathan Scatcherd Living as we do in the year 2019, it’s difficult to imagine the sheer force Alien must have had… Continue Reading “Alien: 40th Anniversary”

Battle Royale

2000 Director: Kinji Fukasaku Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano Words: Katherine Guest Battle Royale, a Japanese dystopian thriller, is a film in which violence is made into a spectator sport. More specifically, it is about children on children violence as… Continue Reading “Battle Royale”

Oldboy

Director: Park Chan-wook Starring: Choi Min-sik, Kang Hye-jung, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-Su, Ji Dae-han Words – Nathan Scatcherd Oldboy has – in the years since its release – become one of the prime examples of ‘extreme’ Asian cinema to really be embraced by Western… Continue Reading “Oldboy”

A Nightmare On Elm Street / Dream Warriors

1984 / 1987 Director: Wes Craven / Chuck Russell Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon Words – Oliver Innocent From its earliest antecedents in folklore and fairy tales, the fuel for scary stories has always been bad dreams. The demons that haunt Man’s… Continue Reading “A Nightmare On Elm Street / Dream Warriors”

Spirited Away

2001 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Asking someone to choose a favourite Studio Ghibli film is like asking someone what their favourite song is. It is an ultimately pointless question, as much like music, Ghibli’s filmography feels subjective to mood and emotion.… Continue Reading “Spirited Away”

Suspiria (1977)

1977 Director: Dario Argento Starring: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Alida Valli, Joan Bennett, Flavio Bulci, Miguel Bosé, Udo Kier Words – Nathan Scatcherd It’s generally agreed that Suspiria is something of a touchstone in horror cinema. One of the better known giallo films (Italian… Continue Reading “Suspiria (1977)”

Halloween (1978)

1978 Director: John Carpenter Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, P.J. Soles, Tony Moran Words – Oliver Innocent John Carpenter’s Halloween proved to be a huge hit at the box-office, establishing its young filmmaker as one of the… Continue Reading “Halloween (1978)”