Anyone who grew up with the wonderful stop-motion effects in the likes of Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans will know the name Ray Harryhausen. Last week, the stop-motion maestro sadly passed away – but he leaves behind a rich legacy of work that continues to inspire today’s blockbusters.
Continue reading The legacy of Ray Harryhausen
There have been a string of road movies based in South America in recent years. Sean Wilson takes a look at this fascinating and much welcome trend in contemporary world cinema.
Continue reading The rise of the Latin American road trip movie
Already one of the most discussed films of the year, Compliance has generated a storm of controversy – but does it live up to the hype?
Continue reading Compliance review: controversial but gutless
Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful is currently proving magical at the box office – and it also features another wondrous score from Danny Elfman. I take a look back at the remarkable career of the endlessly inventive composer – one of the most creative individuals in the world of film music.
Continue reading Danny Elfman: master of the musical macabre
Director Steven Soderbergh returns with all-star pharmaceutical thriller Side Effects – reputedly his last feature film.
Continue reading Side Effects: Soderbergh’s last film?
Recently, several acclaimed South Korean directors have moved into English language cinema. I take a look at this exciting and intriguing development.
Continue reading South Korean Special: East Goes West
The BAFTA’s are over for another year. Now it’s time to pick through the debris and assess the winners and losers at this year’s ceremony
Continue reading BAFTA 2013 reaction
Robert Zemeckis’ new film Flight opens with a truly terrifying plane crash – here are some other noteworthy examples of in-flight terror.
Continue reading Buckle up! The five most harrowing air crashes on film
Get ready to be snapped out of moviegoing apathy! Quentin Tarantino’s historical revisionism continues with his outrageously entertaining slave revenge pic Django Unchained
Continue reading Django Unchained: an irreverent blast of mayhem – with a purpose
A selection of upcoming Devon talent gathers in front and behind the camera for Ghosts, the first episode in proposed series Being There
Continue reading Being There episode one: Ghosts – by Ed Chappell and Sam Morgan
Two recent documentaries, McCullin and Jiro Dreams of Sushi, make for an interesting comparison, in spite of how different their respective subjects are. Sean Wilson reviews these two excellent films.
Continue reading You Are What You Do: A documentary double-bill of McCullin and Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Lincoln, Life of Pi and Les Miserables have scored big in the 2013 BAFTA nominations – but there are more than a few controversial surprises in this year’s crop.
Continue reading BAFTA Nominations 2013
Every year, I list three film score discoveries – in other words, film scores I’ve come across for the first time. In 2012, I was swept away by the scores for The Russia House, The Luzhin Defence and Something the Lord Made.
Continue reading Year In Review: Discoveries (Film Score)
Every year, I list three movie discoveries – in other words, films I’ve come across for the first time. In 2012, I was enchanted by Paths of Glory, Mother and Adventureland.
Continue reading Year In Review: Discoveries (Film)
While many movies soared in 2012, just as many dismal releases crashed and burned. Now’s the time when I stick the boot into this year’s disappointing releases.
Continue reading Year in Review: Worst Films of 2012