He’ll make you laugh, then he’ll make you scream: The Films of John Landis

“An American Werewolf In London” is the film that I remember most distinctly as a child. It’s partly because I knew I wasn’t allowed to watch it, partly because it scared me so much. It’s only later in life that I fully appreciate the frightening influence it had on me – the...

A Decade of Soulless Remakes and Re-imaginings: Horror in the 2000s

Rightly or wrongly I look back at the last decade of horror films as one that gave us nothing new. We retread old ground, often with poor remakes or as they became known during the period – the re-imagining. Instead of western audiences enjoying new and interesting tales from the...

Essay: Women in the Horror Film – Ripley, the Alien & the Monstrous Feminine

In this essay I take a critical look at the way femininity is portrayed in Ridley Scott’s Alien through its key protagonist and antagonist with reference to key feminist writers… The following essay is an accompanying piece to the following Top 10 Films Lists that feature Ridley...

Top 10 Robert Zemeckis Films

“Are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean”: The Magic of Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis was once asked if television was a bad influence on children. He answered, emphatically, “television isn’t an education, but I see no reason to turn it off.” What would...

Top 10 Single Location Films

The allure of the single location film Films set in a single location (or predominantly in a single location) have always fascinated me. Perhaps it’s their theatre roots, as many single-location films derive from the work of playwrights. The consequence of that is strong...

Top 10 American Films About Race & Prejudice

“Do you like baseball…do you, Anderson?” “Yeah, I do. You know, it’s the only time when a black man can wave a stick at a white man and not start a riot.” – Mississippi Burning, 1988 (Directed by Alan Parker) The Birth of Film: The Birth of a Nation Hollywood has addressed the...

Top 10 High-Concept Films

Have you ever had a Lloyd Grossman cooking sauce? The makers of said cooking sauce commissioned a survey that yielded the following information: Britons consume only four staple meals – we cannot be bothered to cook anymore. According to the Guardian newspaper that would suggest...

Top 10 Steve Martin Films

Steve Martin, stand-up comedian turned Hollywood movie star, is responsible for many endearing American comic classics such as The Jerk, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Steve Martin was born in Texas, 1945. He quickly found a kinship with showmanship...