El Vendedor de Humo (2012)

Short films, especially animated ones, are often used as calling cards to highlight and promote the talents of the film makers. The best are often chock full of ideas and totally meticulous in their construction and execution. To reach as wide an audience as possible they should be accessible and entertaining. One recent example of this is…

Annie Hall

If you ask someone to name a Woody Allen film the chances are that one of the top answers provided will be Annie Hall. In many ways it was the film that cemented his reputation with international film audiences. Hailed as a triumph at the time it was nominated and won four Oscars. it marked…

The Girl (2012)

As an accompaniment to our recent review of Hitchcock it is worthwhile looking at the other Hitchcock biography of very recent times. Broadcast on the BBC on Boxing Day 2012, the girl is in a way a follow-up story to the Hitchcock film which takes you further down the rabbit hole into the myth that is The…

The Brain From Planet Arous

The Nineteen Fifties saw the rise of the Sci-Fi movie. The popularity of some medium budget films led to a torrent of low budget B-Movies which followed a fairly standard format. Often dismissed due to the financial limitations placed on some of the films have surprisingly stood the test of time and become cult classics.…

Museo Nazionale Del Cinema

On my summer holidays this year I was fortunate to spend a couple of days in the beautiful Italian city of Turin. During my time there I was able to spend some time in the Italian national cinema museum. Originally conceived as a synagogue, The Mole Antonellina was acquired by the city of Turin in…

Dredd

I may as well front up. I am a Judge Dredd fan. I grew up with 2000 AD and many of its stories still rank highly among my favorites. Top of the list are the tales of Dredd and his world. I was one of the fans hotly anticipating the Sly Stallone version of the…

Behind The Candelabra

The cult of celebrity appears to be dying. We are now at the stage where fame hungry individuals now have a lot less than the prophesied fifteen minutes of fame. Through the swamp of reality television programmes and twenty-four seven gossip web sites the allure and mystique of performers is now lost. This is one…

Love and Death

The fourth film of the Woody Allen collection is his take on the great Russian novels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Into the usual mix of life, love and finding a local deli that will deliver we have a tale that takes the intricacies of pre revolutionary Russian society and one man’s…

R’ha

The Sci-Fi short has been recently utilised as a calling card for the artists , technicians and director involved in the film. There are an increasing number of shorts out there that fall into this category. These films follow a basic pattern. There is a heavy and usually very impressive CGI element and a single…

Zero Dark Thirty

There are few things that will generate more discussion and debate than a film that makes the American nation look bad. The flag wavers immediately start to mobilse in defense of their ideals and principles. The moderates start to debate the issues and are shouted down while appealing for unity and understanding. All the time…