Review: The Departed (Scorsese, 2006)

I looked at the running time before beginning to watch Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime-drama and thought it might be too long. My girlfriend certainly thought so – she was asleep after half an hour and woke up with about forty minutes left. As I tried to bring her up to speed with...

Review: City of God

I’ve heard Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund’s 2004 Oscar-nominated film to be likened to Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”. Yet, I’d hazard a guess this is more a marketing ploy to pigeonhole the film into a more saleable product. It is like saying Antonia Bird’s drama “Priest” is like...

Review: A Cock and Bull Story (Winterbottom, 2005)

Said to be an un-filmable novel (and probably rightly so), approaching the movie adaptation of "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy" you’d be forgiven for wondering just how the hell director Michael Winterbottom pulled it off. Well, he didn’t, exactly. It isn’t that the...

Kubrick At His Best In “A Clockwork Orange”

Stanley Kubrick's mesmerizing 1971 classic paints an uncompromising picture of a broken near-future society, immersing the viewer right bang in the middle...

Review: Lenny (Fosse, 1974)

Part of our “Top10Films: Dustin Hoffman” feature Dir. Bob Fosse; screenplay by Julian Barry; starring Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner, Stanley Beck Considered by many US-based critics as a film lacking the sort of anti-establishment relish that made its...

Review: All The President’s Men (Pakula, 1976)

Part of the Top10Films: Dustin Hoffman feature Dir. Alan J. Pakula; screenplay by William Goldman; starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Jason Robards, Ned Beatty My first cinematic introduction to the Watergate saga arrived in the form a simpleton...

Review: Withnail and I (Robinson, 1987)

[ad#Google – link ad rect 468px wide] SEE Top 10 British Comedies since 1980 HERE Dir. Bruce Robinson; screenplay by Bruce Robinson; starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown For many, the first introduction to Bruce Robinson’s tale of...

“Straw Dogs”: A Tale Of Juvenile Delinquents, Revenge & The School Playground

Top 10 Films editor Dan Stephens analyses the mechanics of Sam Peckinpah's controversial masterpiece Straw Dogs...