Lost in the Fog: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (by Alan Matthews)

In 2003 a swords and cannon, swash-buckling epic was released into the cinema. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl made the pirate movie popular again in a way that it hadn’t been since Errol Flynn in Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940). Pirates of the Caribbean owed at least … Continue reading Lost in the Fog: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (by Alan Matthews)

JJ, Robin and Alan’s Round-up of the Year in Film…So Far

*Please Note: depending on where the reviewer watched them, some of these films were only subject to release in 2017 despite having premiered at film festivals in 2016. Reviews by JJ McDermott Paterson (2016, directed by Jim Jarmusch, starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani) A delightfully unexceptional film typical of Jarmusch's minimalist autuership. Set in … Continue reading JJ, Robin and Alan’s Round-up of the Year in Film…So Far

Rule 47: Never remake a movie which has previously starred Michael York (by Alan Matthews)

There are certain rules, known only to a select few, by which it is possible to predict the quality of movies. The origin of these rules is often obscure and difficult to explain. One of the less well known is Rule 47: Never remake a movie which previously starred Michael York. The veracity of this … Continue reading Rule 47: Never remake a movie which has previously starred Michael York (by Alan Matthews)