The Power of Love, Part 1: All That Heaven Allows (1955)

I'll protect you from the hooded clawKeep the vampires from your doorThe Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood A love story is often regarded as having high-scoring box office potential - there are limited special effects or action sequences required, therefore rendering the budget relatively low (though this can be dependent on the … Continue reading The Power of Love, Part 1: All That Heaven Allows (1955)

The Two Reviews – No Time to Die and Don’t Look Up

No Time to Die (2021, Universal Pictures) Featuring Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Ralph Fiennes. Music by Hans Zimmer. Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Daniel Craig is one of my favorite under-celebrated English actors and whilst I … Continue reading The Two Reviews – No Time to Die and Don’t Look Up

The One Review: Can’t Get You Out of My Head (2021 Adam Curtis)

Can’t Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World (BBC)Written and directed by Adam CurtisAvailable on YouTube Just to be clear, this documentary seemingly has nothing to do with Kylie’s 2001 hit ‘Can't Get You Out of My Head’ despite sharing the title. You could find a connection somewhere in … Continue reading The One Review: Can’t Get You Out of My Head (2021 Adam Curtis)

Cinematography of the World – Part 3: Terrence Malick’s Vision of an American Heaven

The cinematic form took on a new and exciting shape for Hollywood in the 1970s. This blog has made reference to it many times. Like the French New Wave, New American film-making borrowed from other times and places too. Home-grown directors took the reins, but sometimes their selected crew were internationally renowned and experienced. Together, … Continue reading Cinematography of the World – Part 3: Terrence Malick’s Vision of an American Heaven

The Western Story – Part 2: Beyond the Frontier

Over time, the Western films of Hollywood expanded outwards. Many were made in Europe by Italian and Spanish directors (Spaghetti Westerns). Some were adaptations of Japanese Samurai films (The Magnificent Seven). Some were set in Mexico and required drugs to understand (El Topo). Even Communist Eastern Europeans were fond of making their own Westerns that … Continue reading The Western Story – Part 2: Beyond the Frontier