Category: In Retrospect

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)”

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000 Director: Ang Lee Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh Words – Daniel McMonagle It took a Taiwanese-born director who had previously helmed an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and the overlooked Civil War Western Ride with the Devil, to bring wuxia to… Continue Reading “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Back To The Future Trilogy

1985 – 1990 Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd Words – Christian Abbott There are few films to reach the ‘must-see’ status of the Hollywood canon, far fewer for an entire series – Back To The Future is one of those… Continue Reading “Back To The Future Trilogy”

My Neighbour Totoro

1988 – Japan Director – Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Some have called this the gateway film into the works of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, even Japanese animation itself, and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a film about, and a… Continue Reading “My Neighbour Totoro”

Predator

1987 Director: John McTiernan Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Richard Chaves, Sonny Landham, Shane Black, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall Words – Nathan Scatcherd “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” “I ain’t got time to bleed.” “GET TO THE… Continue Reading “Predator”