‘A Matter of Life and Death’, in celebration of the birth of Emeric Pressburger

If we ever required proof positive that immigrants and refugees bring creative and cultural diversity to our shores, we need look no further than Emeric Pressburger. Escaping the Nazis in the 1930s, he moved to Paris before settling in London. Here, fellow Hungarian and movie mogul, Alexander Korda, puts him to work with director Michael Powell, script editing ‘The Spy in Black’ (1939). Powell and Pressburger … Continue reading ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, in celebration of the birth of Emeric Pressburger

Review – The Subtle Brilliance of ‘Babyteeth’

Following a Covid-19 induced hiatus from movie theatres, a new release of any sort seemed poised ready to satisfy our cinematic needs. But with the horrifying notion that most of the UK’s major chains will be strictly playing the likes of Tenet and Trolls World Tour on repeat, I am here to implore you to instead venture anywhere showing Australian director Shannon Murphy’s stunning debut … Continue reading Review – The Subtle Brilliance of ‘Babyteeth’

Review – Transcending Earth: The Patriarchy and ‘Proxima’

Over the past decade, science fiction on screen has often placed far more emphasis on the theme of fatherhood than on the galactic expeditions themselves. In First Man (2018) Ryan Gosling plays a grieving Neil Armstrong, whose voyage to the Moon permits closure. Upon finally reaching the ambitious destination, he drops his late daughter’s bracelet into Little West Crater, metaphorically letting her go. Interstellar (2014) … Continue reading Review – Transcending Earth: The Patriarchy and ‘Proxima’

Remembering The Master: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Fascinating Subversion of the Character Actor

Actors who believe their craft must be an intensely immersive process have always seemed compatible with a certain degree of self destruction. In 1989, Daniel Day Lewis famously quit the National Theatre’s production of Hamlet mid performance, collapsing backstage and never returning to the boards. He later described this as “A hard part to live with. It conjures up the demons in you.” The godfather … Continue reading Remembering The Master: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Fascinating Subversion of the Character Actor