Category: In Retrospect

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”

Dracula: Prince of Darkness

1966 Director: Terence Fisher Starring: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer Words: Oliver Innocent Hammer’s first sequel to their immensely popular take on Dracula took eight long years to materialise but, at first glance, it appeared not very much had… Continue Reading “Dracula: Prince of Darkness”

Hellraiser

1987 Director: Clive Barker Starring: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Andrew Robinson, Sean Chapman, Nicholas Vince Words – Oliver Innocent Following in Stephen King’s footsteps and quickly rising to prominence in the mid-1980s, Clive Barker went on to become one of the most… Continue Reading “Hellraiser”

The Thing and Big Trouble In Little China

1982 & 1986 Director: John Carpenter Starring: Kurt Russell Words: Oliver Innocent A veritable titan of horror, John Carpenter is perhaps the most revered of the filmmakers to emerge during that golden period of genre-defining horror films in the 1970s. Carpenter’s films are amongst… Continue Reading “The Thing and Big Trouble In Little China”

Evil Dead II

1987 – USA Director: Sam Raimi Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks Words: Oliver Innocent Sam Raimi’s follow-up to his breakout horror hit The Evil Dead is something of an anomaly in the horror genre; a sequel widely regarded as better than the… Continue Reading “Evil Dead II”

Taxi Driver soundtrack

Taxi Driver – 1976 Director – Martin Scorsese Soundtrack Composer – Bernard Herrmann Words – Joe H. As a 4K restoration of Martin Scorsese’s influential masterpiece is released in the UK, we take a look at one of the film’s standout features – its… Continue Reading “Taxi Driver soundtrack”

Shogun Assassin

1980 Director(s): Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi Starring: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Kayo Matsuo, Tokio Oki Words – Nathan Scatcherd The kind of bloody, balletic Samurai film you rarely see made anymore, Shogun Assassin stands as perhaps one of the finest examples of the Jidaigeki… Continue Reading “Shogun Assassin”